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Tarlo is a locality in the Southern Tablelands of New South Wales, Australia in both Goulburn City and Upper Lachlan Shire. It is extends from the outskirts of Goulburn to the Tarlo River south of the township of Taralga..At the 2016 census, it had a population of 164.The Tarlo River, which flows north to Sydney, is the only significant water source in the area and has provided the locals of all species - plant, animal and human - a vital lifeblood for centuries This has created a rich ecosystem and farmlands nestled at the foot of Tarlo Hill .
First proclaimed in 1885, Tarlo was once a thriving little village by the river. The area is now a rural oasis dominated by farmland and bushland providing a scenic backdrop on the drive to Taralga, Wombeyan Caves, or Goulburn. The area still features a number of original buildings such as the old Anglican Church, now restored.
In 1974 Taralga Road was realigned to allow for a higher stronger bridge across the Tarlo River after a successful campaign by local to replace the old damaged bridge 400m to the south. The footings of the old bridge, built in 1908, still stand today overlooking the river used now only for picnics and fishing.
As does the original Riverview cottage on the hill. As the first house on the road up from the river it used to provide refuge for weary travelers caught unawares by heavy rain as they made the way up from the often flooded Tarlo River crossing.
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