Burra Railway Station
Burra Railway Station
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SisPerth
Ballarat, Australia834 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Couples
A delightful find – hubby is a mad keen rail enthusiast and this was the perfect place to stay for a few days on a recent road trip. The whole station has been lovingly and beautifully restored and the Porter’s Room accomodation section is just lovely. High ceilings, timber floors, perfect for a couple. The lounge has a slow combustion fire, which we revelled in as the nights were very cool and the rooms were quite cold when we first arrived. There’s also a reverse cycle air conditioner in the lounge and another one in the bedroom so we were quite comfortable. The promised electric blanket didn’t materialise but we survived without it. The only other slight inconvenience is that there is nowhere to hang any clothing. There’s a generous kitchen, a dining room, and laundry facilities. Thoughtfully and thoroughly equipped, we cooked dinner a couple of nights, including a BBQ on the platform using the supplied kettle BBQ, and breakfasts each morning – generous supplies of bread, butter and spreads, cereals, milk, juice were all on hand and included in the tariff. We pottered into the museum next door (aka the rest of the station building) and enjoyed the visit. We had no concerns about noise or privacy from the couple of hours each day that the museum is open. Our favourite times were the late afternoons/early evenings when we retired to the platform with a glass of wine and watched the sun kiss the rails, before sinking below the hills – a magical experience. We would go back and happily spend a week there quite comfortably and there’s plenty to do around beautiful Burra.
Written 22 October 2023
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Deb S
178 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Couples
This attraction was good to see and the lady advised us that they have open days. We would love to go back on one of these open days.
Written 6 June 2023
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Mark
Launceston, Australia4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021
A wonderful stay here, surrounded by so much history, the preservation by Roy and his team is so commendable, all facilities first class and sympathetic to the era when the Station was a hive of activity, a must stay when touring around Burra.
Written 14 October 2021
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Essbeebee
Athelstone, Australia171 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021
Probably one of the cheaper historic attractions in Burra to visit with just a donation required (you choose the amount). Also one that is run by volunteers as opposed to the Council or another group. Thankfully the group saved this remarkable and important structure from its demise and have made it into a very interesting place to visit and soak up another part of the town's extensive history. There is a good collection of railway memorabilia and interesting information. Worth dropping by to soak all of that in for sure.
Written 4 October 2021
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Jeff_8mile
Melbourne, Australia283 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2021
Great to see this piece of local history has been saved for future generations. There is a lot of railway infrastructure here the could do with some tender loving care.
Written 18 September 2021
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kpiddy
Brisbane, Australia12,266 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2020
A short drive away from the town centre of Burra is the impressive Burra Railway Station, the building is a reminder of years gone by and the romance of rail travel. The original 1870 wooden station was replaced in 1883 with this stone building and an accompaning refreshment room. Burra was connected to Adelaide, Broken Hill and Perth, passenger services were discontinued in 1986 and grain transportation in 1999. After years of neglect the station was brought back to life by the very hard work of dedicated volunteers, the only building structure missing (which can be seen in photographs) is the arched roof which covered two tracks and platforms.
The station is open for public viewing at select times and staffed is by volunteers. There was plenty to see and read about, the history of the station, the railway, with plenty of information boards, historical photographs and rail travel memorabilia, the volunteer was also informative. Also inside the building is a small museum showcasing the nearby Redbanks Conservation Park Diprotodon Fossil Sites and a very interesting display on the little local native animal, the Pygmy Bluetongue Lizard. Entry to the building is by donation, in the foyer were a few locally crafted/baked souvenirs available for purchase.
Written 10 April 2021
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Christine G
Greater Sydney, Australia153 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2021
Restored old Station with heaps of historic items, pics & memorabilia. It is run by volunteers who are really helpful with heaps of INTERESTING information
Written 27 March 2021
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nilintentum_reliquit
Melbourne, Australia2,632 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2021 • Solo
Historic disused stone railway station which has some information boards. Unable to go inside.
Thanks for the vote if you found this review helpful.
Written 3 January 2021
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branham2016
Adelaide, Australia6,197 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020
It is amazing what a community with dedication and drive can achieve. The Burra Railway Station restoration is one such project. From being a very busy mid-north South Australian railway station to being closed in 1988, the station went into decline and disrepair.

The station nowadays boasts a B’n’B, a developing railway museum and is home to a Diprotodon display. Also there is Edie, a 1917 Commonwealth Railways kitchen and dining car (number ED22) that is being refurbished trackside.

I enjoyed the wander through the museum side of the station recalling my younger days of train travel through similar stations. The volunteer staff were friendly and knowledgeable about the station and the future plans for redevelopment.

The Burra Railway Station is a must to visit if in the Burra area.

Return? Already added to the bucket list and even contemplating a stay at the B’n’B.
Written 10 December 2020
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Jill Z
Adelaide, Australia39 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020
Stayed two nights and really wasn't sure what to expect. Booking and secure entry went smoothly. Wonderful place to stay and just relax. Wonderfully restored, which is a credit to the volunteers. If you are a railway buff, this is heaven. Provisions left for breakfast which was more than ample and quite a variety of options. Clean, comfortable but definitely needed the heating at night. Will certainly have a return visit.
Written 14 September 2020
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