GUYRA

Guyra is the next town encounted when traveling the New England Hgy. Guyra is a town that is split by the old railroad. Services to the west and parks, churches and information to the east. Guyra itself is a small crossroads town that services a rich rural clientele and is a town that does have most essentials to look after the local population.

Guyra is one of the highest in Australia at 1,330 metres above sea level. The town is known for its extremely cold winters, by Australian standards, with an average of 59 frosty nights having subzero temperatures each year and some snowfalls.

The name Guyra is said to originate from the language of the Anaiwan people; meaning 'white cockatoo' or 'fishing place'. Settlement by European farmers began in the 1835 when Alexander Campbell took up Guyra Station, which encompassed the now town area.

Guyra became the focus of national attention on 5 February 1960 when a four year old boy named Steven Walls wandered off from his father on a property north of the town and became lost for four days. Hundreds of volunteers searched the bush for the boy until he was discovered asleep against a log. His immediate question to searchers was 'Where's my daddy, where's my daddy? which gave rise to a hit song by singer Johnny Ashcroft, entitled 'Little Boy Lost'.

Heritage is becoming increasingly important for the town.

The Guyra War Memorial building is quite a moving site.

There two Guyra museums. The Railway Museum and the more central Heritage Museum.

Guyra has four really nice churches. The Catholic on the northern end of the town. The Anglican the most central and the United and Presbyterian.

Guyra has two hotels; both look to be well over 100 years old.

There is also a tribute to the lamb and potato industry.

Guyra is a small town, but if those museums were by chance open, over half a day is recommended.

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Fireplace Dump Station
General Store Bottled Gas
Internet Caravan
Camping   4WD
Kitchen Facilities Disabled access
  Laundry Toilets
Campervans Accommodation
Meals   Airport
Pets Allowed   Boat Ramp
Telephone Picnic Area
Roadside Rest Area Electricity
Scenic Swimming
Tap water   Thermal Area
Stream Water   Walking tracks
  Rotary Club Lions Club
Gymnasium   Gardens
Winery   Whitewater Rafting
  Surfing   Skydiving
Skiing   Scenic Flights
Postal Service Police
Movie Location   Mountain Biking
  Kayaking   Jet Boating
Information Hospital
Hang Gliding Golf Course