Wallabadah is lovely place to rest while learning about those who settled Australia.
Wallabadah is an attractive little village with tree-lined streets on the upper reaches of Quirindi Creek, situated on the New England Highway it is 60 km south of Tamworth, 14km east of Quirindi, 43km west of Nundle (which has a number of good camping areas) and 359 km north of Sydney.
The rest area in on the highway beside Quirindi Creek, next to the award winning First Fleet Memorial Gardens. It is a great way explore the beginnings of the Australian nation. This is a tribute to the European settlers who began what is now modern Australia. The Garden features extracts from the logs of actual participants describing the early history of the colony and the treacherous voyage to Australia. Hand carved tablets, by master stonemason Ray Collins, list the names of passengers, the crew, convicts, and civilians who travelled on the eleven ships of the first fleet. Read of the tales from those who were on the voyage and explore the list of livestock and provisions that were brought.
There is a picnic area under the shade of trees by the creek. Barbeques, children’s play area and amenities are all easily accessible. The Gardens are open Monday to Sunday from sunrise to sunset. School and bus groups are welcome. You can telephone (02) 6746 1096 for more information if you need more information.
It is worth making time to read the stories and appreciate the challenges faced by those who established our first settlements in Australia. Learning who these people were and where they came from may seem distant history, but in world history terms it is quite recent. The culture we enjoy today is strongly reflected in the stories on the stone. The tablets are set out in such a way to make for a pleasant meander through the garden.