From the gold rush to flying Spitfires, Temora in the beautiful Riverina is rich in heritage. The country town in south-western NSW has one of the finest collections of flying vintage warplanes in the world, including the only two flying Spitfires in Australia, at the Temora Aviation Museum.
You’ll also see the only flying Gloster Meteor F8, CA-13 Boomerang and Hudson Bomber. Enjoy spectacular flying displays in most months of the year at the Temora Aerodrome, next to the museum. The magnificent Warbirds Downunder air show is held here every two years.
A great way to explore Temora is on a walking tour of the heritage buildings, from colonial to art deco. Pick up a brochure from the Temora Visitor Information Centre for a self-guided stroll through the streets. You’ll find plenty more things to do and see in this charming town and in villages nearby.
Discover what life was like for pioneers and see the original family home of cricket legend Sir Donald Bradman at the Temora Rural Museum. Gold fever struck in the 19th century and the museum has a replica of the 7.3kg Mother Shipton gold nugget and other gold rush exhibits from Temora.
Another gem is Railway Temora, in the heritage railway precinct. The railway station was first established in 1893. Here, you’ll find railway history and memorabilia. A walking trail winds through the railway yard past a bronze statue of Boofhead, a fox terrier that rode trains in the 1960s.
Only 20 minutes’ drive west of Temora is the National Trust-classified Ariah Park, a 1920s heritage village. Amble along the streets and marvel at the architecture and browse shops for antiques, gifts and mementos. Pack a hamper and head for nearby Lake Arbotree, a pretty spot for a picnic.
Accommodation options in Temora suit a range of budgets. The town is 60 minutes’ north of Wagga Wagga and 100 minutes east of Griffith, and a scenic road trip from Sydney and Melbourne. You can fly into Wagga Wagga airport from Sydney or Melbourne and rent a car for the trip to Temora.