Wallangarra Things to Do
Wallangarra we often stop at to go to the FREE TOILET, stretch our legs, or as we did today, eat our lunch in the Park.
A lot of effort has been put into the park, and now there are new BBQ's, Picnic shelters and a very nice playground. There is plenty of room to kick a football around, and this is where the Toilets are located.
Parking is off the road, and there is a good map that details all the sights and National Parks in the region.
The Driver Reviver is located here, but wasn't open, as these only open during holiday periods.Related to:
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We are in the border town of Wallangarra, Queensland, Australia.
This interesting little museum has not been open very long (2013) but now with the Railway Cafe nearby is proving very popular....Admission is free but it is worthy of a donation!
There is a video show to enjoy as well.
Lots to read if you really want to know detail...Just go to my page on Wallangarra for some history of the rail.....in Word War2 the troops changed trains here....different guages between the states....
There is of course the larger railway musuem complex just down the road at TenterfieldRelated to:
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You may be quite surprised to see the area the old Railway station covers.
Some humour here................
Half of the railway station is owned by Queensland and the other half is owned by New South Wales. Why, because its a border town, and there are two different railway gauges - (Queensland = 3ft 6” / NSW = 4ft 8.5”)
Even the verandah is different, with Queensland having a bull nosed verandah, and NSW a Skillian roof.
When you see the big Train sign, you will guess this is a Railway town.
The Border Railway Market is held on the first Sunday of each month at the historic Wallangarra Railway Station.
Steam train trips from Stanthorpe to Wallangarra and back, began in April 2012. I am not sure if it was a success or not, and whether more trips are planned.
Do not pass through Wallangarra, Queensland, Australia without visiting the Railway Cafe. Pop across the border to buy your petrol then come back into Queensland to the old railway station.
In 2013 we found it...only open a few months and what a delight to relax in the lounge with coffee and raisin toast.
You can sit on the platform if you prefer or else at one of the tables inside. When we arrived there was only one customer but before long it was packed with a coach tour group. This has become a very popular place...and it is open 7 days a week.
Prices are reasonable
There is a little shop selling souvenirs too if you enjoy a browse....and a little museum nearby.
But if you are a train buff...well soak up the atmosphere and enjoy the nearby museum as well....
And every now and again the steam train from Warwick brings a load of passengers on a nostalgic ride.Related to:
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Favorite thing: From Queensland, we were travelling along the New England Highway to the small town of Wallangarra that straddles the New South Wales and Queensland border. Lucky I wasn't the driver as I was finding it hard to keep awake!
Then I saw the road sign "Driver Reviver OPEN."
Great, we will stop there for a break! The last Driver Reviver we had passed was closed.
The states of Australia like you to take a break every 2 hours from driving, so during school holidays and public holiday times, most Driver Reviver stations are open.
They provide free tea, coffee, cordial and 2 biscuits or sometimes a small chocolate for a snack. It is nice if you give a gold coin donation, we always do!
All are run by volunteers, that is why not all will be open.
They are always beside a park or rest area where there is seating, toilets, rubbish bins and quite often a playground for the children.
It was so good to have that break! Once again we felt refreshed and were on our way once again.
TIREDNESS / FATIQUE IS ONE OF THE BIGGEST KILLERS ON AUSTRALIAN ROADS.Related to:
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