Planes, Trains & Automobiles
THREE DAYS: Temora, Junee, Coolamon
Day 1: This adventure begins at the Temora Aviation Museum which houses Australia’s oldest Tiger Moth, which still flies! While in Temora a ‘must see’ is the Bundawarrah Centre. Here you can immerse yourself in the Temora Ambulance Museum’s impressive collection of ambulance memorabilia and service vehicles from the past, and meander through the Temora Rural Museum where you’ll gain insight into how the traditional rural lifestyle has changed over the years. Friendly and knowledgeable volunteers are on hand to elaborate on the stories of the artefacts and make your experience all the more enjoyable.
Day 2: The ‘trains’ feature of this drive begins at Temora Railway Station. Newly refurbished, you can soak up the rich history of the railway with information and memorabilia dating back to 1893. Head to Junee to the local Roundhouse, half is still used for rebuilding trains and the other for a museum. The Broadway Historical Museum houses a working scale-model of the spiral. It also displays an array of photographs and documentation. Half an hour down the road is the Bethungra Spiral, the largest example of a 360-degree rail spiral in Australia. Day 3: Start at Gasworks Garage in Junee, where you can check out their unique collection of classic Fords and more.
Next stop, Coolamon Fire Museum, which displays a range of artefacts from firehouses in Australia and around the world, including over 100 fire helmets from the 1830s till today. Fully restored, the old Coolamon Fire Station bell also features at the Museum, and holds memories for many Coolamon locals.