Tucked in amongst the granite strewn hills of the Strathbogie Ranges, the tiny towns of Ruffy, Strathbogie & Boho reflect an individual character born of their distinctive environment.
Ruffy’s timeline extends back to the late 1800’s.
The Post Office – now closed - opened in 1881 as Terip Terip and was renamed Ruffy in 1895.
The Ruffy Mechanics Hall was built in 1893 and still hosts many events throughout the year including the Ruffy Art Show in November. And whilst Ruffy is perhaps not the first location that springs to mind when thinking of the arts, its pursuit has been fostered for a number of years now by the Ruff Artz volunteer organisation that is dedicated to bringing high quality music, theatre and arts experiences to the community. (Your visit may well coincide with their latest offering!)
Ruffy is the birthplace of one of three Victoria Cross winners born in the Shire – Leslie Cecil Magyar namesake of Maygars Hill Winery – who was awarded Australia’s highest award for bravery in wartime in the Boer War of the late 1800’s.
In the past gold and crystal – used as a component of early radios or crystal sets – were mined in and around Ruffy but the pursuit of matters vinous is de rigueur these days with the elevation, combined with a cooler climate and unique geography, producing wines that bear unique qualities and character.
Forget the map and wind down the windows while you take the road to high-altitude relaxation.
Find a nice place to stop and watch the sun go down over the rocks, and be sure not to forget your camera. It’s likely you will find something quite special to capture in this small but perfectly formed region.
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