In the little town of Hebel it feels like time has stood still, leaving behind tales of the Ned Kelly gang, Cobb and Co, and dance halls. Hebel’s interesting history has been narrated through the public art piece, the Hebel Historical Circle. Out of the red earth, tall timber posts hover over illustrated signs; each telling their own story of Hebel’s history. Complete with play equipment, there is something to keep everyone occupied. Use Hebel as your base for visiting the untouched Culgoa Flood plain National Park, a good side trip for campers and birdwatchers. This is nature at its best, so be prepared to be totally self-sufficient.
The Hebel General Store and Caravan Park has kept much of its original 1890’s dance hall character and offers amazing home cooked cakes, desserts and meals. The Hebel Hotel is a gem of a country pub. It’s a quirky place with the interior decked out in recycled furniture made from reclaimed bush finds. It’s the kind of place you’ll want to stay to get to know the locals over a cold beer. Cabin accommodation is available here too. Spend the afternoon fishing or setting the yabby pots in the Bokhara River, just a stone’s throw from the main street.