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New England/Northwest | North Eastern NSW

As the highest town in the New England high country, trout fishing in local streams is a popular past time for Guyra residents.

A Grouping
RA3 / MMM5

Location

Guyra is less than a half hour drive (27 km) from the regional city of Armidale and is about 500 km (6 hr 15 min drive) from Sydney.

Due to Guyra’s elevation there are snow falls in winter. The cool climate makes it a major potato growing area, it is also home to the largest glasshouse in the southern hemisphere

How to get there

Armidale Airport is the closest airport, a 30 min drive from Guyra. It is serviced by two airlines: Regional Express (REX) and Qantas who provide regular flights to Sydney.

NSW TrainLink provides a daily service between Armidale and Sydney.

Population

The population of Guyra is more than 2000 people, their median age is 42 years. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people make up 7% of the population.

Guyra is located within the Hunter New England and Central Coast Primary Health Network, this Health Planning Compass provides an overview of community health for the region.

Healthcare facilities

Guyra Multi-Purpose Service is a small regional public hospital with less than 50 beds. It has an emergency department and offers services including acute care, residential aged care, respite care, community nursing and physiotherapy. Visiting services include speech pathology, women’s health, diabetes education, and dietician, and drug and alcohol services.

The larger Armidale Hospital is a 30 min drive from Guyra.

There is an Ambulance Service of NSW station in Guyra.

Accredited GP practices

  • Guyra Medical Centre

  • Industry

The main industry sectors employing residents of Guyra are: vegetable growing, beef cattle farming, sheep farming and retail.
  • Education

There are two schools in Guyra: Guyra Central School (K-12) and St Mary of the Angels Catholic School (K-6). The New England Community College has a campus in Guyra. The nearby regional centre of Armidale offers a wide range of primary, secondary and tertiary education options.
  • Childcare

Childcare in Guyra includes out of school hours care, a long day care and pre-school.
  • Shopping

Shopping in Guyra includes a Spar Express supermarket, boutiques and speciality shops, and food and coffee outlets. Armidale, less than half an hour from Guyra, features large shopping precincts and offers most of the well-known national chains including Coles, Woolworths, Aldi, Big W, Kmart and Harvey Norman.
  • Places of worship

There are various places of worship located in Guyra including Anglican, Pentecostal, Presbyterian and Catholic churches. Nearby Armidale offers additional places of worship including a mosque and a Buddhist centre.
  • Points of interest

Guyra is surrounded by natural attractions including Mother of Ducks Lagoon and Little Llangothlin Nature Reserve both well known for birdwatching. Nearby national parks are popular for bushwalking, rock climbing, kayaking and mountain biking. Popular annual events include the Lamb and Potato Festival and the Guyra Spring Trout Fest, both celebrating local bounty.
  • Sporting activities

There is a range of sporting facilities, sporting clubs and teams in Guyra including dancing, boxing, golf, netball, rugby league, rugby union, Guyra Pony Club, Guyra Polo Club, Guyra Gun Club. Many clubs and teams have their own websites or social media accounts.
  • Community groups and activities

In Guyra community groups and volunteer organisations include the Lions Club, Rotary Club, SES and Country Women’s Association. A listing of groups and their contact details are available at Guyra Community Organisations.
  • Social media groups

There are many social media pages and groups dedicated to life and sport in Gunnedah. Good places to start are the Facebook pages Guyra Community News & Events, Guyra Argus, Guyra Buy Swap & Sell and Guyra & District Chamber of Commerce.