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Tourist Information Office

Cafe Blue Belle Arts & Crafts
Tenterfield Street
Phone: (02) 6734 5477



The Deepwater River offers excellent fishing opportunities for Murray Cod and Golden Perch. The river is also a designated Trout stream. Bag limits and river closure periods apply, so make enquiries before you set out to catch the "big one". Guided fishing tours can be arranged - Tel: (02)67345207 ah or enquire at the Tourist Information Office.

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The area is a boon for the keen fossicker with deposits of all varieties of Quartz Crystal and Topaz as well as Beryl, Sapphires and many other minerals available in the area. For further information and to inspect a range of gems and minerals available in the district, contact John Bell in Cadell Street.

In Emmaville items connected to the Tin Mining era and a museum of equipment used in the past are on display. Enquiries can be made at the Tourist Office, the Emmaville General Store.

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Scenic Drives

Many drives are available in the area, including Ten Mile Road/Bezzant's Road, a round trip to Stannum, Torrington, Tent Hill and Emmaville and return to Deepwater via Ranger's Valley and Dundee as well as day trips to the Gibralter Range National Park, Pindari Dam (near Ashford) or a visit to any of the other attractions in the area.

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Mining Ruins

Some 28 Km from Deepwater is the old tin mining town of Torrington. The remnants of a by-gone era may be inspected close by and a relaxing drink obtained afterwards at the Tablelands Hotel. Mine hosts Mal and Bev Bower (02) 6734 6202.

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Arts and Crafts

A stopover at the Cafe Blue Belle is a must for anyone who enjoys browsing through Arts and Crafts, all made by many of the local talents. While there, enjoy a fine homestyle cooked meal. The old building, built in 1870, has a certain charm of a by-gone era. The Blue Belle is also the Tourist Information Office. Woodcarvings and other Arts and Crafts are also on display and for sale at Deepwater Motors and the Post Office.

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This is available at the Commercial Hotel/Motel, Tel: (02) 6734 5315 and the Deepwater Inn, Tel: (02) 6734 5331. Counter Meals and a refreshing drink are a speciality of both establishments.

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Food and Fuel Outlets

Fuel and NRMA Service are available at Deepwater Motors while the Deepwater Roadhouse can supply you with a full tank and a dine-in or take-away meal. Mechanics on duty at both locations. Holms Garage for that fill-up to set you on your way.

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Apex Park - Toilets

Built as service project by the local Apex Club, the park provides the ideal spot to STOP, REVIVE and SURVIVE. Barbecue facilities are available.

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Postal and Shopping Facilities

Full Australia Post facilities are available at the Post Office while excellent shopping is available at Theodore's Store, Deepwater Butchery, Key's Cafe or Deepwater Supermarket. LPG Refills, camping supplies and hardware are available at Norco Co-op. For windscreen repairs Lloyd Wintour (Masterweld). Eftpos available at several locations.

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Golf and Tennis Clubs

Both local Clubs enjoy superb facilities and a game of golf or tennis can be arranged by contacting the Tourist Information Office.

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Rural Manufacturing

By far the largest employer in the town is Tretheway Industries who manufacture all types of stock handling equipment including Crushes and Bale Heads.

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This section of the page is designed to provide space for people of the Community to provide local history information about their community and to provide links to relevant history sites related to this community. The management of this site realises that this list may not be complete.


The district, first settled in the 1830's, is well known for its wool, fat lamb and beef production. In the past dairying, tin mining and timber were industries that added to the economy of the area. Honey production is presently a thriving industry and some of the new ventures include grapes and olives.

Mild summers and cool winters make the area an excellent place in which to live or to visit. In autumn the magnificent colours of the trees are a sight to behold.

Daily bus services (as well as air services to Glen Innes from major centres make Deepwater accessible to visitors.

The Deepwater Races, which attracts patrons from far and wide, are usually held in late January each year. Other regular are the Anglican Church Wool Fete in November and the Severn Shire Australia Day Celebrations, held bi-annually.

Deepwater boasts many service organisations including CWA, Red Cross, Far West and Apex Club, SES and Fire Brigade, as well as Over 40's Club, Pre-School and Playgroup, a theatrical troupe, sporting clubs and many other communit based organisations.

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Historical Buildings

Deepwater has its share of early settlement buildings still in existence, most being used today in the course of everyday life in the town - Deepwater Inn, Railway Station, School Of Arts, Court House/Police Station, the original Post Office (opposite Deepwater Motors) and the Deepwater Public School.

This is a bit of trivia but I am wondering if anyone knows the origin of the name of "Yoongan Creek" which joins the Deepwater River immediately upstream of the bridge over the river. My theory is that, as it was common in some English dialects to refer to a small object as the "young'un" or, in the northern English accent, the "yoong'un", hence the Deepwater River would be the main, big, river, and the smaller tributary, the "Yoongan". Any other ideas?

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Genealogy Links

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