Junee Railway Museum
A late catch up this one. My husband and I were returning to Queensland after my 70th birthday climb of Australia's top ten peaks. We had planned to spend more time exploring the Snowy Mountain area, but discovered accommodation was all but non existant.
The Snowy Mountain Hydro Electric Scheme 1947 - 1972, is expanding. The first workers lived in 100's of temporary camps. The accommodation for the Snowy 2 workers is still being built, so all the 'tourist' accommodation is booked out. The result was that we ended up getting a bed at Gundagai, well on the way to our road home. This turned out to be a positive. Gundagai was a beautiful historic town and we stayed 3 nights.
On day 2, we drove the short distance to explore Junee, a town serving an area of wheat, sheep and vineyards. Whilst the town's historic buidings didn't have the wow factor of those in Gundagai, we were thrilled by the town's rail history and especially its Roundhouse Museum.
The Great Southern Railway, Sydney to Albury was built in the 1870's, through Junee. Many branch lines were built from here, making it the hub for workshops. The elegant, station refreshment room was essential for the long distance traveller.