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Do not use your navigation device after leaving Warwick – it will more than likely take you the long way through Texas.
The easiest way to travel south to Dumaresq Homestead is via the New England Highway towards Tenterfield NSW.
Driving on past Wallangarra about 6 klm you will come to Tenterfield Creek – on right hand side there is a very old railway bridge in a bad state of decay.
Take a right turn just past bridge into Sunnyside Platform Road – after approx. 300 m veer left (not right – that will lead to an aerodrome).
You will come to a T – intersection near Millers Creek – turn right onto the Bruxner Highway – travel approx 52 km past Historic township of Mingoola. Travel approx. another 10 km.
You will come to a sign on left saying “Riverton” and “Sibelco Quarry” and a sign “Hynes Bridge”.
This is a sharp right hand turn down off the highway.
Veer down and go over Hynes Bridge - this will bring you to a T intersection on Riverton Road. Turn left and travel approx 12 km.
You will reach a gravel (good) road – keep going till you reach a grid with Maidenhead Station sign on left at corner of Riverton and Back Creek Roads.
You will see the luxury Dumaresq Homestead on a rise to your right.
Travel a short distance till you see the sign at the bottom of the dirt road on your right which will take you up to a cattle gate (please close after entry) and a tree-lined drive to the car park at the back of the Homestead.
You have reached your destination …
If you are travelling from the south up to Dumaresq Homestead, drive straight through Tenterfield for about 1 km after entering the 100 K zone.
Then take the Bonshaw turnoff on your left onto the Bruxner Highway and follow the above directions to Mingoola etc.
Texas (58 km - 50 minutes drive)
Inverell (148 km - 90 minutes drive)
Tenterfield (80 km - 50 minutes drive)
A brief history of Texas and the Dumaresq Valley:
The McDougall brothers settled on the land where Texas Station is now in approximately 1840. The property was then abandoned during the 1850s while the brothers tried their luck on the goldfields. When they returned they found their land had been taken by another settler and had difficulties re-establishing their prior claim.
Meanwhile, in 1836, Texas USA was at war with Mexico, fighting for their independence. The McDougalls saw their dispute as similar, so when they won their claim they called their property Texas. Subsequently, in 1875 the township of Texas was born on the river flats near where the present town of Texas is today. The town was relocated to its current position after disastrous floods in 1890 and 1921.
The first selectors in the Dumaresq Valley and surrounding country wanted to use the land for cattle production, but the rich, alluvial river flats soon attracted crop farmers to the area. Corn was an early crop and by the late 1860’s Chinese were employed to grow tobacco. The tobacco industry expanded rapidly all along the river and as the area under the crop increased, European growers gradually took over from the Chinese. Tobacco was one of the mainstays of the area for many years and continued until the late 1960’s.