Hotel Culcairn

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Hotel Culcairn C1980

THE historic Hotel Culcairn was established 1891.

The township of Culcairn, located in the south-east Riverina region of New South Wales,  was established in 1880 and became the hub for the railway system with rail lines through to Wagga Wagga, Albury, Holbrook and also to Corowa.

The town itself was laid out in 1880 by James Balfour, a local landowner, who named it after a property in the parish of Kiltearn, his mother’s birthplace.

hotel culcairn barThe construction of the Sydney to Melbourne railway saw the town grow significantly. For its size, Culcairn has a large number of substantial heritage buildings including the Historic Culcairn Hotel, Memorial Hall, Court House, Railway Station and Station Master’s Residence. One of the major landmarks of the town is the Culcairn Hotel. Built in 1891, the original building was extended in 1910 with the addition of an accommodation wing of over 70 rooms, stables, a coach house and extensive gardens. Patrons of the hotel could drive their coach or horse to Culcairn, stable it and catch the train to Sydney or Melbourne.

culcairn hotel inside

The hotel boasted the town’s first power supply in 1909. The Land newspaper reported on Friday 14 February 1919:

Town in Darkness.

The power-house at the Hotel Culcairn, which supplies the town with water and electric light, was destroyed by fire last week. It is thought that the cause of the outbreak was the fusing of a wire. The licensee of the hotel estimates the damage at £500. The streets of the town are in darkness, and private and business houses are without light until new machinery is installed. Fortunately other water is obtainable.

For a long period, the Culcairn Hotel was the largest hotel between Sydney and Melbourne. Culcairn sits on the main railway line between Sydney and Melbourne and is serviced by the NSW TrainLink XPT service which runs twice daily and stops at the local railway station.


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