We were fortunate enough to make the wise decision to stop by Ulmarra last week. And what a discovery it was! Ulmarra is the cutest village just off the Pacific Hwy north of Grafton and a visit to Ulmarra is like stepping back in time as the village remains one of the finest examples of a 19th Century riverport in Australia. The entire village is classified by the National Trust.
The lattice work and colonial style of the Commercial Hotel attracts considerable comment as it nestles on the banks of the Clarence River. The hotel and village were used as the location for the T.V mini-series “Fields of Fire” – a story based on life in a 1929 Queensland sugar cane town. Scenes for the film ‘The Picture Show Man’ were also shot here.
Ulmarra is a haven for lovers of arts & crafts and antiques with many excellent shops with a wide variety to choose from.
The locals have no shortage of artistic talent and this is on display in the many art & craft shops. The Coldstream Gallery has a different exhibition on every month showcasing the artistic skills and vision of some of the Valley’s and the regions artisans.
If you’re on a self drive holiday ask one of our friendly staff for directions as this is one of those townships you just have to witness for yourself!