Woodburn, New South Wales

Woodburn, New South Wales

Woodburn is a small highway town on the banks of the Richmond River in New South Wales, Australia. The busy Pacific Highway passes through the centre of town. Woodburn is 712 km north of the state capital, Sydney, and 34 km south of the regional city of Lismore.

Prior to the arrival of European settlers in the 1840s, the Woodburn area - known as Maniworkan to the Indigenous inhabitants - was the home of the Bundjalung people. Woodburn was an important river port until the decline in river transportation along the Richmond led to a decline in the town's own fortunes. Today, the income associated with the town's position on one of Australia's major highways is important to the local economy, as are the fields of sugar cane surrounding the town. The tourist resort of Evans Head is 10 km south-east of Woodburn.

Woodburn is part of the Richmond Valley Shire, the administrative headquarters of which is in nearby Casino.

External links

* [http://www.richmondvalley.nsw.gov.au Richmond Valley Shire homepage]
* [http://www.smh.com.au/news/New-South-Wales/Woodburn/2005/02/17/1108500200138.html Historical & travel information on Woodburn] from the "Sydney Morning Herald"

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