Culcairn Things to Do
CULCAIRN RAILWAY STATION
From Railway street, I noticed the lovely old Culcairn Railway station. Painted the same colour as many NSW Railway Stations, this one is still operating as a station as it's on the Main South line between Melbourne and Sydney. Two daily NSW TrainLink XPT services operate in each direction.
The Railway station was built in 1880 and served nearby towns, none of these are lines are in operation any more.
Today, the Railway station and Railway precinct is on the NSW heritage list.
The building is referred to as a " Victorian ‘third-class’ station building constructed of weatherboard with a long gabled roof clad in corrugated iron and featuring simple timber finials to gable ends and corbelled brick chimneys. Originally, the building comprised of a central waiting room, flanked by a Station Masters office and combined lamp and porter’s room on one side, and a ticket office and ladies waiting room on the other." At some stage it was extended to include a north to south parcels office, store, booking office, general waiting room, Station Masters office (previously refreshment rooms) and a store.Related to:
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WHAT ELSE IS IN THE DISTRICT?
Located in-front of the free Toilets is an Interpretive board of Culcairn and the surrounding area.
This is worth having a look at as it shows the layout of the town and where everything is located, making it easy to find the Bakery, Service station, accommodation etc.
The other large map is of towns in the area and roads leading to them. It shows what each town has to offer and places of interest to tourists and the Hume & Hovell walking track.
After looking at this, then you can decide what else you want to see.
I recommend not missing Morgan's Lookout.Add to your Trip Planner
STATION MASTER'S HOUSE MUSEUM
A building I noticed as we drove into Culcairn was the Station Master's Residence (1883), an attractive building which is now a museum. This was not always the case as the building had been vandalised and in disrepair before being restored by the Culcairn Museum Committee.
Culcairn was a busy Railway hub, perhaps that's why 17 station masters between 1883-1979 called this double storey building home.
Today it's furnished in period furniture from the 1880-1890s and has over 200 historical items to do with the Railway. The house still has original floors and ceilings and lovely wrought iron lace-work verandah railings.
The house is one of the best examples of a building of its type in Australia.
OPEN ONLY LIMITED HOURS
Saturdays from 10.00 am - 4.00 pm.
For openings at other times PHONE (02) 6029 8486Related to:
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Culcairn Off The Beaten Path
AT THE TOP OF MORGAN'S LOOK-OUT
After my walk around the base of this granite outcrop, it was time to make my way to the actual look-out situated on the highest boulder.
To get here, I had to carefully make my way over un -even ground and over boulders, not the easiest for somebody older!
The next challenge was the ladder to climb, very upright, not real good for asthmatics, people who have trouble with their legs or knees. The ladder isn't wide enough for passing people, so wait your turn if it's busy. I made my way to the top stopping along the way to catch my breath as I am asthmatic.
Once at the top, your behind a wire fence for safety reasons, at least it has holes big enough to put the camera through. There is an interpretive sign with some interesting information to read.
This huge conglomerate of white granite I was standing upon, is believed to be the centre core of an extinct volacano. It was used by the local Aboriginals as a camp site in 1842. Later Dan Morgan came along and used it as his hide-out, an excellent one it was as it had 360° views over the surrounding plains, no wonder they never caught him here!
Its last use was during the national Shearer's strike during the 1890's. Hundreds of shearers congregated at nearby Walla Walla station, striking against low wages and working conditions. The strikers vowed to burn the countryside down if something wasn't done. With this threat, the station owners banded together and built ladders to make Morgan's look-out a Fire look-out. Teams of two manned the look-out and spotted several fires, thanks to their quick spotting, they were put-out very quickly. By 1950, the ladder had seen its day and collapsed.
In 1971, the Paech family whose property it is situated on, and the local Jaycees, got together to build a new ladder and make this a tourist look-out and a family picnic area.
I can tell you, it is worth the drive as the views from the top are far reaching and wonderful!Related to:
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MORGAN'S LOOKOUT - AROUND THE BASE
If you have come to Culcairn, then take the 18km drive to Morgan's Look-out, named after well known Bushranger - Mad Dan Morgan.
Morgan was known as "the most bloodthirsty of all highway robbers". He was shot and killed near Wangaratta in 1865.
Dan Morgan was born in Sydney in 1833 of poor convict Irish parents. He began his life by making money from petty crime, then became a robber, which when caught earned him a 12 year sentence of hard labour. He was released from prison in 1860, not as a better man, but as a more hardened criminal. He was 6 feet tall and wore a long black bushy beard. ‘Mad’ Dan Morgan terrorised the Riverina district of New South Wales where Culcairn is situated. It was wondered if he was insane because of his numerous murderous rages. He shot Policemen, unarmed people, in-fact, he shot anyone who stood against him.
One poor woman he forced to sit upon the flames of the kitchen stove, and it was only when she was well alight that he doused her with water.
As we drove the dirt road to his lookout, we could imagine what an excellent vantage point he had chosen. The granite outcrop is located next to Billabong Creek, which is the longest creek in the Southern hemisphere, a good source of water for the Bushranger.
When we reached the outcrop, we parked our car and caravan outside the gate and fenced off area, but you can go inside and park, just remember to shut the gate after you. There are toilets and picnic tables here, quite a pleasant place and ideal for children who love clambering boulders.
I walked completely around the Granite outcrop and found interesting formations and crevices within the boulders where it's believed Mad Dan Morgan hid his horses.
Take care walking the dirt track and climbing the boulders!
No dogs, camping, lighting of fires allowed.Related to:
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0 Hotels in Culcairn
Favorite thing: One of the major landmarks of the town is the Culcairn Hotel. Built in 1891, the original building was extended in 1910 with the addition of an accommodation wing of over 70 rooms, stables, a coach house and extensive gardens. Patrons of the hotel could drive their coach or horse to Culcairn, stable it and catch the train to Sydney or Melbourne. The hotel boasted the town’s first power supply in 1909.
Fondest memory: I just happened to park across the road from it and you didn't have to be Einstein to work out that this was a significant building. Around the corner to the left is where the buildings in the opening shot are located.Related to:
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