Known as the oasis of the Riverina, Culcairn is a peaceful town in The Murray adorned with beautiful 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.
Culcairn was a major rail junction during the era of steam trains. Visit the heritage-listed Station House Museum to uncover intriguing railway history and memorabilia. The museum is housed in an impressive two-storey building, which was the home to 17 stations masters and their families from 1883 to 1979.
Wander the streets of Culcairn and you’ll be delighted by a number of other historic buildings, including the Culcairn Memorial Hall, Culcairn Court House, railway station and Culcairn Hotel. The latter, built in 1891, is an elegant country pub and was once the largest hotel on the Melbourne-Sydney railway.
Notorious bushranger Dan ‘Mad Dog’ 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.
Another way to experience the heritage 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. The annual Culcairn Agricultural Show in October is a fun family day out.
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.