From Broadway to Bradman

If you've visiting the Riverina, Wagga Wagga is an absolute must, but don’t neglect nearby Junee, Cootamundra, Temora, and Coolamon - each have their own unique charms and experiences.

Heading north from Wagga along the Olympic Highway you will eventually arrive at Junee. For railways buffs, Junee holds many fascinations especially the emergence of the “Great Southern Railway”.  Along with the Junee Roundhouse Museum,  home to one of few working Railway Roundhouses in the Southern Hemisphere, there is also the Broadway Museum housed in the beautiful Heritage Listed 100 year old “Pub With no Beer”. Luckily the old Bar Room is home to “Betty's on Broadway” a Coffee Shoppe and BYO snack bar filled with delicious treats for the hungry traveller. 

After Junee you can head further north, west or east.

North east is Cootamudra. Located on the Olympic Highway at the point where it crosses the Muttama Creek, between Junee and Cowra, Cootamundra is the birthplace of Sir Donald Bradman AC, Australian cricketer universally regarded as the greatest batsman of all time. The town features the Sir Donald Bradman Birthplace Museum, a fully restored visitor site and museum.

Also in Cootamundra is the recently renovated Creative Arts and Cultural Centre – a cultural hub for the area - and the Heritage Centre, housed in the former 1927 built Cootamundra Railway Barracks and Rest House.

The Bradman connection doesn't stop there. The Temora Rural Museum is the centerpiece of Temora’s vibrant new social heritage precinct, the Bundawarrah Centre and also the site of the cottage Donald Bradman spent his early years. Set in landscaped grounds, the Museum offers an amazing variety of exhibits and working examples of rural technology that recall the historical experience of living and working in the Temora community. Also in Temora is the Aviation Museum, displaying the aircraft regularly during Aircraft Showcase and Warbirds Downunder and also offers stimulating and interactive education programs. 

Go west young man and you’ll find Coolamon and the charming Up-to-date store. Designed and built to serve the people of the Coolamon district, the Up-to-Date Store resonates with the memories of the community.    Anything and everything, from a plough to a piano could be purchased from the Up-To-Date Store but today, the Store is the focal point of a cultural precinct housing numerous collections which highlight the rural heritage of the Coolamon Shire.

Explore more of the Riverina with these trails: Ciao Griffith, Paddock Trails: Denniliquin to Hay, and of course Wagga Wagga. To find out about other cultural activities in the area go to Eastern Riverina Arts and Western Riverina Arts. For restaurants, accomodation and dining yopu can't do much better than Riverina Regional Tourism.

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