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Thunderbolts Way: cycling in land of the bushrangers

Carson's Lookout, Cycle Traveller Copyright

Enjoy this scenic 270km ride through the rugged lands roamed by Captain Thunderbolt, one of Australia's most notorious bushrangers. Starting in Armidale, high on the NSW New England Plateau, this four-day ride winds through farmland and bush and past the spectacular Carson's Lookout on its way south to Dungog in the Hunter Valley. In 1863, a rugged horse thief escaped from Sydney's Cockatoo Island prison and made his way north to the New England Plateau. There, at a place called Split Rock, he was fired upon by troopers as he and an accomplice prepared to ambush the mail run. Our horse thief, Frederick Wordsworth Ward, escaped with only a shot to the back of his knee.


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