Known as the oasis of the Riverina, Culcairn is a beautiful town in The Murray, adorned with tree-lined streets, pretty parks and heritage-listed buildings. Head along to a traditional rural show, discover colonial heritage and bushranger tales, and enjoy cycling, nature and golf.
Heritage & culture
Once a major rail junction during the era of steam trains, the heritage-listed Station House Museum houses intriguing railway history and memorabilia. Wander the streets of Culcairn and you’ll find more history, including the Culcairn Court House and Culcairn Hotel, once the largest hotel on the Melbourne-Sydney railway.
Notorious bushranger Mad Dan Morgan roamed the area during the 1860s. In June 1864, Morgan's stand-off at Round Hill Station in Culcairn resulted in the death of station overseer John McLean. You can visit the hiding spot Morgan used to evade police capture, Morgan’s Lookout, and the John McLean Memorial.
Wine & dine
Wilksch Estate Wines is a fourth-generation family-owned property situated at the foot of the Great Yambla Range. Their first vines were planted next to the homestead in the early 1920’s and today you’ll find a delicious range of unoaked styles. For delicious pastries, cakes, slices and coffee, visit the popular Culcairn Bakery.
Things to do
Enjoy produce, art stalls and horse shows at the annual , held every October. Another way to experience the delights of Culcairn is by bike. The Culcairn Bike Track is a shared path that takes in historic buildings, pastures and Billabong Creek. Other things to do include a round of golf at Culcairn Golf Club, a nine-hole course.
Getting there & where to stay
Culcairn is a 7hr 30min drive from Sydney and around four hours from Melbourne. It’s 35min drive from Albury and an hour from Wagga Wagga. Alternatively, you can travel by train from Sydney and Melbourne, or fly to Albury and rent a car. Accommodation options include caravan parks and motels.