Gresford and East Gresford are two small settlements separated by 2 km. They make an obvious base for an exploration of the area to the north where you will find lovely Allynbrook, Lostock Dam, Mt Allyn and the mountainous terrain of Chichester State Forest and Barrington Tops. East Gresford, on the main road to Maitland, is 196 km north of Sydney and 39 km north of Maitland.
Prior to the colonial period the Gresford area was occupied by the Gringgai clan of the Wanaruah Aboriginal people. The first Europeans in the district were timbergetters who began extracting cedar in the 1810s. When Paterson was settled in the 1820s exploration upriver began.
The Gresford area was settled by Welsh immigrants including Charles and William Boydell who named Gresford after their hometown in Wales. Gresford became one of the earliest wine producing areas with Grapes being planted on a number of properties including Camyr Allyn in 1833. Henry Lindeman, one of Australia’s most famous winemakers, bought ‘Cawarra’ in 1842 and set up vineyards there in 1843.
Today the Gresfords are essentially service centres to the surrounding pastoral, agricultural, dairying and timber district.
Things to Do:
Camyr Allyn Wines
Clevedon Craft Shop
Natural Furniture Works
St Anne’s Anglican Church and Suspension Bridge
St Mary’s on Allyn at Allynbrook
Allyn River Road Drive
The Annual Gresford Show – March
The Billy Cart Derby – Easter Saturday
The Gresford Rodeo – August
Markets – 3rd Sunday of Each Month
Tourist Information sign