A railway museum, heritage streetscapes and chocolate tours are just three of the delights to discover in Junee, in the beautiful Riverina. Stir your curiosity and tempt your tastebuds in the pretty country town, a stop on the Melbourne-Sydney railway and a short drive from Wagga Wagga.
The Junee Roundhouse Railway Museum is the location of the last steam train depot in NSW. When the roundhouse was built in the 1940s, it had the Southern Hemisphere’s largest turntable. The turntable is one of the few still operating today. Take a guided tour of the museum and roundhouse.
The annual Junee Rhythm ‘n’ Rail Festival in March celebrates the railway heritage as well as local wines and produce, with steam train rides, live music and delicious food and wine. The three-day event has fun activities for the whole family, from carnival rides to heritage trains to vintage cars.
A great way to explore Junee is on foot. Pick up a brochure at the Junee Visitor Information Centre in the two-storey Broadway Museum – a heritage-listed old pub built in 1914 - for the self-guided Junee Heritage Tours. The walks begin at the museum, which houses the Betty’s on Broadway cafe.
For a tasty adventure, visit the Junee Licorice and Chocolate Factory and see how delicious sweets are made. The Junee Farmers Market is held on the second Sunday of the month. You can also browse gourmet treats and hand-crafted gifts at Bethungra Old School T-House, northeast of Junee.
Places to stay include motels, bed and breakfast and a tourist park with cabins and caravan and camping sites. You can even stay in a tastefully converted red rattler rail carriage at Junee Rail Carriage B&B. For the complete railway holiday, take a train from Sydney or Melbourne to Junee.
By car, Junee is halfway between Sydney and Melbourne. The drive from Canberra is about 2h 30min and from Albury less than two hours. You can also fly from Sydney or Melbourne to Wagga Wagga Airport, where you can rent a car for the scenic drive northeast to Junee – it’s about 30 minutes.