New England - Geographic Location

The narrowest and most common definition of New England consists of the Northern Tablelands of NSW, a highland area which forms part of the Great Dividing Range, from the Moonbi Range in the south to the border of Queensland in the north. This tableland region is about 320 kilometres long by approximately 130 km wide. It includes substantial areas more than 800 metres above sea-level, with a distinctive cold climate and distinctive vegetation.

This highland region is often referred to as the New England Tableland, New England Plateau, or Northern Tablelands. There are widespread high points over 1,000 m and the highest point at Round Mountain is almost 1,600 m above sea level. This definition of "New England" includes the towns and districts of Tenterfield, Glen Innes, Guyra, Inverell, Armidale and Walcha. This NE Tableland area experiences wind speeds high enough for many locations to be suitable for harnessing wind energy.

A broader definition of the New England Region covering 98,574 km², includes areas beyond the highlands which can also be considered to be the North West Slopes Region and the Liverpool Plains. This definition is frequently known as New England North West or less commonly the Northern Region or Northern Inland Region and includes the western valleys of the Gwydir River and Namoi River and their tributaries, and the foothills and spur ranges which generally form the western side of the central Northern Tablelands. Towns and districts such as Moree, Narrabri, Gunnedah, Tamworth, and Quirindi, are included in the New England region according to this definition.