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In the Northern Ranges of New South Wales




Drake is a small rural community located on the Bruxner Highway approximately 44 Km east of Tenterfield and some 800 Km north of Sydney.

Like most rural communities, its population base lies in the surrounding rural properties. The community is agricultural, timber and tourist based. Drake has an area population of about 700.

There are about 30 dwellings in the village proper, and the population including children is about 150, give or take on any given day.

There is a new Rural Transaction & Resource Centre (next to the park and toilet facilities) where local topographic maps can be purchased and email and other information can be accessed.

Drake is surrounded by State Forests and National Parks. It's easy to find a good camping spot near a river and to find that ideal swimming hole. This picture is at Boonoo Boonoo between Drake and Stanthorpe.

Brief History of Drake

In former years Drake was a thriving mining and timber town with 12 hotels, a town band, and many private dwellings, plus a number of businesses including blacksmith, post office, general and feed stores. There were several cattle properties, but sadly only a small number are left, and those have been down-sized due to subdivision.

The area still offers fossickers a bit of fun, and some of the old mines are still reachable.

The cemetery is interesting, but has suffered neglect over the years. There are several smaller burial sites scattered around on private land.

The original Police Station and house is near the cemetery, but is privately owned. Old houses include Mrs Crotty's Cottage, which is being restored, the Laurie cottage on the eastern side, Oak Hollow Homestead, Cheviot Hills Homestead and the school. The General Store is also an older building.

Copyright - The photograph of Drake township is by R.J. Barling (from Drake tourist web site - see above link)

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