Ebor, New South Wales

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New South Wales
Ebor Falls 2.jpg
Upper Falls, Ebor
Ebor is located in New South Wales
Coordinates30°24′S 152°21′E / 30.400°S 152.350°E / -30.400; 152.350Coordinates: 30°24′S 152°21′E / 30.400°S 152.350°E / -30.400; 152.350
Population166 (2016 census)[1]
Elevation1,350 m (4,429 ft)
LGA(s)Armidale Regional Council
State electorate(s)Northern Tablelands
Federal Division(s)New England
Mean max temp[2] Mean min temp[2] Annual rainfall
19.8 °C
68 °F
9.9 °C
50 °F
950 mm
37.4 in

Ebor is a village on Waterfall Way on the Northern Tablelands in New South Wales, Australia. It is situated about 80 km (50 mi) east of Armidale and about a third of the way between Armidale and the coast. Dorrigo to the east is 46 kilometres (29 mi) away with the Coffs Coast 55 kilometres (34 mi) beyond along the Waterfall Way. In the 2016 census, Ebor's zone had a population of 166.[1]


Ebor is on the eastern edge of Armidale Regional Council, and close to the border of Clarence Valley Council and Bellingen Shire Council. Until the amalgamation of Guyra and Armidale councils one side of Ebor was under Armidale council and the other under Guyra shire. Likewise, Ebor is close to the borders of 3 state (Northern Tablelands, Oxley, Clarence) and 3 federal electoral boundaries (New England, Cowper and Page).


  • a cafe [3]
  • a combined post office, fuel station and general store (fuel available 24/7) [4]
  • a pub/motel with camp ground [5]
  • a NSW DEC primary school[6]
  • Rural Fire Service depot
  • National Parks and Wildlife Service depot[7]
  • sports ground (home of the Ebor Campdraft[8])
  • a tourist information board is located near the Ebor Public School
  • public toilets with disabled access at both the Ebor upper and lower falls car park and picnic areas.
  • public toilets (flushing) with disabled access at Ebor Picnic Area about 100 metres (330 ft) beyond the falls road
  • there are no police or ambulance services based in Ebor. The nearest hospital and 24h emergency department is in Dorrigo.[9]


In 1930 Sydney Smith Jr. made an observation that remains true today, "During a recent visit to Ebor I was much impressed with the possibilities of this part of the State as a tourist resort... Around Ebor and Guy Fawkes can be seen some of the most magnificent scenery in this State if not Australia. ...The two falls are scenes of beauty, and in winter time are sometimes frozen, making a beautiful spectacle as they hang in huge icicles. The water from the Ebor eventually finds an outlet in the Clarence River. ...The view, ...as regards expansiveness, ruggedness, and beauty, must compare more than favourably with views of a similar nature in any part of the Commonwealth. It reminded me of the Valley of a Thousand Hills, outside Durban, in South Africa."[10]

The surrounding district is rich in natural beauty[11], although many areas have been degraded by clearing for pastoralism and forestry[12]. Nonetheless, the national parks around Ebor are a largely undiscovered bush walking "Mecca"[13]. The main tourist attraction is the twin Ebor Falls.

Wagyu beef specialists Stone Axe have a large holding "Glen Alvie" on the northern boundary of the village.[14]. Stone Axe has also recently acquired "Alfreda" in the nearby locality of Wongwibinda. [15]

Black Truffles (Tuber_melanosporum) are grown at the Guy Fawkes Truffle Co. just outside of Ebor on the Guyra Rd.[16]

Trout are another local delicacy. The Dutton Trout Hatchery on Point Lookout Road was established in 1950 and is one of the largest hatcheries in the state. Visitors can see the various stages of trout development prior to their release in the mountain streams.[17] The release of trout into local streams is believed to have led to decline of the endangered Tusked frog. [18]

There are two easy walks close to the village. One takes walkers through the 40 hectares (99 acres) recreation reserve. This walk follows the Guy Fawkes River upstream for about half of the walk. Some bird life can be seen with typical degraded open grazing land and river views. The second walk is accessed by crossing the Guy Fawkes River bridge[19] and following the pedestrian path which winds downstream under the bridge. This path follows the Guy Fawkes River north and meets the national park's Upper and Lower Falls paths. Numerous wallabies, kangaroos and bird life can be seen. Platypus have also been sighted in the pool above the falls. The Upper and Lower Falls are at their most spectacular after heavy rain when the local topsoil can be seen washing away to the sea. They can also be very picturesque with moderate flows when the water at the top falls cascades in lacy sheets of brilliant white. Early morning and evening are the best times for photography. Both walks take less than 1 hour, with most of the distance being wheelchair accessible with assistance.

The Bicentennial National Trail passes through Ebor which sits on the boundary of sections 7 and 8[20].

Ebor Falls offers opportunities for rock climbing described as "holding a rather special place in the History of New England climbing".[21] It is also an excellent location for highlining [[1]].

Speeding and Traffic[edit]

Ebor has a noted problem with speeding vehicles. Both passenger cars and heavy vehicles regularly exceed the posted speed limit of 50 km/h. The minister responsible Melinda Pavey seems indifferent to the risk that this poses to local residents. Traffic noise is also a problem. [22] Waterfall Way has an entry on the Dangerous Roads website.

Post Office[edit]

Ebor's famously peripatetic Post Office opened on 2 March 1868, closed in 1869 and reopened in 1910.[23] It is currently located at the Ebor petrol station/store having moved from Fusspots Cafe.

Cultural Heritage[edit]

Ebor has a large number of cultural heritage sites, including:

Significant Aboriginal meeting places[24], and massacre sites [25].

Waterfall Way: Yooroonah Tank Barrier[26]

“Gwenda Gardens”, abandoned homestead on the Guyra-Ebor Road [27]

Former Cottage Hospital at 5 Parke Street[28]

Ebor Cemetery off Waterfall Way[29]

Deconsecrated Union Church at 11608 Waterfall Way[30]

Former Ebor Soldiers Hall at 11626 Waterfall Way[31]

Former Australian Bank of Commerce (formerly City Bank of Sydney) at 27 Ebor Street[32]

Homestead, “Milamba” (including original Guy Fawkes Post Office and sheep dip) at 7122 Grafton Road [33]

House, “Kotupna” at 7314 Grafton Road[34]

Cement weir at 337 Point Lookout Road [35]


The village of Ebor is at high altitude 1,300 metres (4,300 ft) by Australian standards. It has cold winters with frequent overnight frost and occasional light snow falls. The average rain fall is 1,300 millimetres (51 in). It can be cold in Ebor at any time of the year, and travellers are advised to carry warm clothing.


  1. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Ebor (State Suburb)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 31 January 2018. Edit this at Wikidata
  2. ^ a b "Climate statistics for Australian locations". www.bom.gov.au.
  3. ^ https://www.tripadvisor.com.au/Restaurant_Review-g4366265-d3874311-Reviews-Fusspots_at_Ebor-Ebor_New_South_Wales.html
  4. ^ https://www.cloudshops.com.au/epages/accessfuels.sf/en_AU/?ObjectPath=/Shops/accessfuels/Categories/Retail_sites
  5. ^ https://eborfallshotelmotel.com.au/
  6. ^ http://www.ebor-p.schools.nsw.edu.au/
  7. ^ http://www.environment.nsw.gov.au/resources/planmanagement/draft/new-england-baalijin-jobs-mountain-draft-plan-management-170160.pdf
  8. ^ http://www.abcra.com.au/events/3855/Ebor-Campdraft/
  9. ^ https://www.myhospitals.gov.au/hospital/1155H2090/dorrigo-multi-purpose-service
  10. ^ https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/16692533
  11. ^ http://www.australiangeographic.com.au/travel/destinations/2016/01/new-england-high-country-nsw
  12. ^ https://books.google.com.au/books?id=330yDwAAQBAJ&pg=PT278&lpg=PT278&dq=new+england+%22dieback%22+charles+massy
  13. ^ http://www.australiangeographic.com.au/travel/destinations/2014/12/gallery-oxley-wild-rivers
  14. ^ https://www.queenslandcountrylife.com.au/story/4738224/stone-axe-buys-ebors-glen-alvie-video/
  15. ^ http://www.stoneaxepastoral.com.au/operations/
  16. ^ https://www.facebook.com/pages/category/Food---Beverage-Company/The-Guy-Fawkes-Truffle-Co-132668300241910/
  17. ^ New England County Tourist Assoc., New England County, Summerland Printers, Ballina, n.d.
  18. ^ http://www.environment.nsw.gov.au/threatenedspeciesapp/profile.aspx?id=10032
  19. ^ https://www.clanmaclennan-worldwide.com/genealogy/clan_histories/Armidale-GraftonRoad/files/mobile/index.html#67
  20. ^ https://www.bicentennialnationaltrail.com.au/discover-the-bnt/#menu_bnt
  21. ^ https://www.thecrag.com/climbing/australia/ebor-gorge
  22. ^ https://www.northerndailyleader.com.au/story/1120376/ebor-kids-at-risk-of-speeding-traffic/
  23. ^ Premier Postal History. "Post Office List". Premier Postal Auctions. Retrieved 26 May 2011.
  24. ^ http://www.environment.nsw.gov.au/~/media/80941E16A46D48B49956E399A747C14A.ashx
  25. ^ https://c21ch.newcastle.edu.au/colonialmassacres/introduction.php
  26. ^ http://www.environment.nsw.gov.au/heritageapp/ViewHeritageItemDetails.aspx?ID=4311608
  27. ^ https://legislation.nsw.gov.au/#/view/EPI/2012/591/sch5
  28. ^ https://legislation.nsw.gov.au/#/view/EPI/2012/591/sch5
  29. ^ https://legislation.nsw.gov.au/#/view/EPI/2012/591/sch5
  30. ^ https://legislation.nsw.gov.au/#/view/EPI/2012/591/sch5
  31. ^ https://legislation.nsw.gov.au/#/view/EPI/2012/591/sch5
  32. ^ http://www.environment.nsw.gov.au/heritageapp/ViewHeritageItemDetails.aspx?ID=1010599
  33. ^ http://www.environment.nsw.gov.au/heritageapp/ViewHeritageItemDetails.aspx?ID=1010506
  34. ^ http://www.environment.nsw.gov.au/heritageapp/ViewHeritageItemDetails.aspx?ID=1010510
  35. ^ http://www.environment.nsw.gov.au/heritageapp/ViewHeritageItemDetails.aspx?ID=1010509

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