Ardlethan was an intended town visit but was also coincided with the December 2010 floods. The trip south along the Newell Highway was the placed upon a 100k diversion via Griffith. The town is just off the main highway junction.
Ardlethan was established in the 19th century after gold was discovered but gold mining was short-lived. The railway line opened in 1908. Passenger services ceased in 1983 however the line remains open for goods trains.
Warri Post Office opened on 1 October 1907 and was renamed Ardlethan in 1908.
In 1961, tin mining started in the town, and continued until 1986. The tin mine was reopened in late 2001 but closed in mid 2004 after Marlborough Resources was placed under voluntary administration due to disappointing results at its new processing plant, poor tin price hedging results, and lower-than-expected tin reserves. Agriculture and Tourism are now the main economic drivers.
Ardlethan is a nice spot and a stopover should be seriously considered.