Black Mountain, New South Wales
New South Wales
Baptist Church, Black Mountain
|Population||310 (2016 census)|
|Elevation||1,312 m (4,304 ft)|
|Time zone||AEST (UTC+10)|
|• Summer (DST)||AEDT (UTC+11)|
|LGA(s)||Armidale Regional Council|
|State electorate(s)||Northern Tablelands|
|Federal Division(s)||New England|
Black Mountain is a village situated between Armidale and Guyra, located on the Northern Tablelands in the New England region of New South Wales, Australia. Situated within Armidale Regional Council, as at the 2016 census, Black Mountain had a population of 310.
Features and location
Located on a volcanic uplift of the Northern Tablelands, the town is one of the highest in Australia at about 1,312 metres (4,304 ft) above sea level. The New England Highway is the main transport link to Armidale. The Northern Railway tracks still pass through the village, but this section of the line, north of Armidale, is now disused.
Black Mountain village exists in two sections. Located on the New England Highway is the Black Mountain Roadhouse and motel at the top of notorious Devil’s Pinch, which is subject to snow falls that close the road. This marks the turn off into Black Mountain proper, a drive of 3 kilometres (1.9 mi).
The Black Mountain area was a well known haunt of Captain Thunderbolt. One of his hideout caves is located 200 metres (660 ft) to the south of the roadhouse.
Sheep and beef cattle breeding is the main industry of the area.
Black Mountain Baptist Church was built there in 1902 and restored in 1992. Black Mountain has a public school and nursery which is the home of the award-winning three point linkage Youman Tree Planter machine and services. Booroolong Railway Station Post Office opened on 8 December 1884, was renamed Black Mountain around 1886 and closed in 1985.
Black Mountain has a number of heritage-listed sites, including:
- Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Black Mountain (State Suburb)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 15 June 2009.
- Premier Postal History. "Post Office List". Premier Postal Auctions. Retrieved 26 May 2011.
- "Black Mountain Railway Station, New South Wales State Heritage Register (NSW SHR) Number H01087". New South Wales State Heritage Register. Office of Environment and Heritage. Retrieved 18 May 2018.
- Your information guide to Black Mountain: http://www.nnsw.com.au/blackmountain/index.html
- Guyra Guide 2008, The Guyra Argus, Guyra 2008