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On Billabong Creek, about 50km north-west of Albury in the Riverina district, Rand is a small country Tidy Town in a the scenic Urrana Shire. There's a huge artesian basin in this area, which gained its reputation as an oasis when the water was discovered in 1926.

It was at Round Hill Station near Culcairn, about 50km to the east that bushranger Mad Dan Morgan pulled a hold-up in 1864. Morgan"s short but bloody reign ended when he was slain during a failed hold-up near Wangaratta, but in two years he killed three of his victims, including John McLean who died at Round Hill.

While you are in the area take in the local sights from Morgan's Lookout, visit Round Hill station and McLean"s grave and browse away an hour or so in the Mad Dan Morgan Art Cellar.

An hour"s drive north-east from Rand will take you to one of NSW"s more unusually-named towns, The Rock. The town"s dominant feature is a craggy outcrop which has long been spiritually significant to the Wiradjuri people. It is a testing, 3-hour return hike on the Yerong Trail to The Rock"s summit.

Rand: Where To Go / Sightseeing

Walbundrie Old School House

Walbundrie Public School commenced classes in January 1878, with the old schoolhouse erected in June 1878 at a cost of 446 pounds, with enrolments of up to 60 students along with a teacher's residence.

Today the building is a reminder of the town's prosperity around the late 1800s, and is located on land at the Walbundrie Showgrounds. The School was relocated in October 1923 to its present site.

Students recall that between 1900 and 1910 there were visits from a school doctor. "A door was used as an operating table and tonsils were removed, if a note from a parent had mentioned tonsillitis. Recovery was on the porch or on the wood-heap. One of the locals acted as an ambulance, transporting the children home in his spring cart."

Walbundrie Showgrounds
Walbundrie, NSW, 2642

Located 16.9K from Rand

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