With tree-lined streets, pretty parks and heritage-listed buildings, Culcairn in southwest NSW is a charming country town known as the oasis of the Riverina. You’ll find plenty of delightful things to do and see, from cycling and golf to exploring colonial heritage and enjoying a traditional rural show.
The 1891-built Culcairn Hotel is a classic country pub and in colonial times was the largest hotel on the Melbourne-Sydney railway. Today you can still hop aboard a train from Sydney or Melbourne and alight in Culcairn and stay in this enchanting hotel. Other accommodation options are available.
For more railway memorabilia, visit the heritage-listed Station House Museum. This is the former two-storey residence of 17 stations masters and their families from 1883 to 1979. Culcairn was a major rail junction during the era of steam trains and the museum displays intriguing railway history.
Culcairn is near Henty and 35 minutes’ drive from Albury and an hour from Wagga Wagga. The drive from Canberra is a little over three hours and less than four hours from Melbourne. You can fly from Melbourne, Sydney or Brisbane to Albury Airport and rent a car and explore this beautiful region.
In colonial times notorious bushranger Dan ‘Mad Dog’ Morgan roamed the area. Morgan's stand-off in June 1864 at Round Hill Station in Culcairn resulted in the death of station overseer John McLean. You can visit the infamous bushranger’s hideout, Morgan’s Lookout, and the John McLean Memorial.
Another way to experience the heritage of Culcairn is cycling. The Culcairn Bike Track is a shared cycling and walking trail past historic buildings, pastures and the meandering Billabong Creek. A fun family day out is the annual Culcairn Agricultural Show, celebrating all things rural in September.