Sandy Flat, New South Wales
New South Wales
Sandy Flat rail siding sign
|Population||196 (2006 census)|
|Elevation||805 m (2,641 ft)|
|State electorate(s)||Northern Tablelands|
|Federal Division(s)||New England|
Sandy Flat is an historic locality on the Northern Tablelands in the New England region of New South Wales, Australia. This locality is situated on New England Highway and the former Main North Railway line about 20 kilometres south of Tenterfield. At the 2006 census, Sandy Flat had a population of 196 people.
Sandy Flat takes its name from a general description of the area. Nearby Bluff Rock is one of the most prominent and most photographed landmarks along the New England Highway.
Early community life at Sandy Flat for generations centred on a school (1886–1965), a public hall, a church, a general store and during construction of the railway line during the 1880s the community also had its own hotel. The Main Northern Railway line to Jennings opened on 1 September 1886 and the station at Sandy Flat closed on 20 February 1975. Sandy Flat Post Office opened on 20 June 1887.
The former Bluff River Rail Bridge at Sandy Flat, designed by John Whitton, is listed on the Register of the National Estate. It consists of 10-span timber deck Queen Post truss viaduct, with each span measuring 42 feet (13 m). When completed in 1886 it was the second longest timber truss bridge in Australia.
Remains of the Sandy Flat community comprises the remains of the former rail siding, a disused post office building and a modern New South Wales Rural Fire Service shed together with an information stand. There are some scattered agricultural properties in the surrounding area.
Apart from facilities for the more traditional sports such as tennis, cricket and football the Sandy Flat Rifle Range provided many hours of recreation for men around the time of World War I. The 1,000 yard range was opened in 1913 with a telephone connection and a substantial weather shelter for its sixty or so members.
Local industries include merino sheep breeding and beef cattle farms.
Sandy Flat railway station
|Preceding station||NSW Main lines||Following station|
|Main North Line
- Australian Bureau of Statistics (25 October 2007). "Sandy Flat (State Suburb)". 2006 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 17 November 2009.
- Premier Postal History. "Post Office List". Premier Postal Auctions. Retrieved 2011-05-26.
- "Sandy Flat, Bluff River Underbridge". Heritage Register of NSW. Government of New South Wales: Office of Environment & Heritage. 16 August 2010. Retrieved 5 April 2012.
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