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A Slideshow View of Torrington" - D. Gonzalvez

Birds of Torrigton - D. Gonzalvez

Flowers of Torrington - D. Gonzalvez

Information following on this page is provided by Hylda Bracewell

A visit to Glen Innes is not complete without experiencing the delights of Torrington.

Located 68km north-west from Glen Innes, Torrington is situated 1300 metres above sea level, on a granite batholith known as the Mole Tableland, and in close proximity to the Queensland border.

Accommodation and fuel are available at the Tablelands Hotel.
The Torrington Caravan Park is situated right in the heart of the village. A public telephone is situated opposite the caravan park.

Picnic Areas: Nomad's Picnic Area, Mystery Face Circuit track and at Blather Arm Creek.


Walking Tracks.
Mystery Face.
Opinions vary as to whether this rock 'face' was carved by man, or has occurred naturally. An easy 3.5 kilometre walk takes the visitor through a range of fascinating rock formations - the catterpillar rock, easter egg, balancing rock, the pig's face, lion'shead, mushroom rock, and then the Mystery Rock Face. Your imagination will find names for many other unusual shaped rocks on this walk.

Thunderbolts Lookout Walk.
A two kilometre graded walk from Nomads Picnic area takes you to the base of the lookout. The lookout is a further 200m by way of a steep climb through rock shelters. Not for the faint- hearted, but well worth the truly spectacular panoramic view from the top.

Fossickers are welcome in the Torrington State Recreation Area. Intending fossickers should have sieves, geology pick, small pick and shovel and tweezers. Fossickers can expect to find, topaz, quartz, beryl, fluorite, as well as tin, wolframite, and bismuth.

Directions to the Mystery Face, Thunderbolts Lookout and to fossicking areas can be found in the locally produced book, Torrington Mud Maps and Information, available from the Glen Innes Tourist Information Centre, Blue Belle Cafe & Crafts at Deepwater, Tenterfield Tourist Information Centre, as well as at the Torrington Rock Shop.

Torrington offers something for everyone. Camping, sightseeing, bushwalking, fossicking; it is all waiting to delight the visitor.

Visit Torrington - Stay awhile - A friendly welcome awaits you.

Take time to look at some of the views of the area in our Photo Gallery

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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 discovery of the extremely rich Torrington Tin Lode in 1881 created much excitement but in a very short time the small prospectors had lost control to overseas mining companies, the precursors of today's multi-nationals. In the 1920's, 500 men were employed at the mines. There were sixteen batteries working, and the community enjoyed the conveneicne of five general stores, butchershop, cafes, bakery, billiard rooms, police station, post office, churches, hotel and many sporting facilities. Today, only a few piles of bricks, rubble and perhaps a few chimneys, together with rusting machinery remains.

In 1981 Torrington celebrated its centenary, and was officially classified as a village.

Mining has given way to fossicking and tourism and now visitors enjoy the spectacular scenery of rocky granite outcrops, steep gorges, gently flowing streams as well as fossicking for topaz, quartz and the many minerals found in the area.

Genealogy Links

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