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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

Rand: Events

Walbundrie Agricultural Show

The Walbundrie Agricultural Show is widely recognised as one of the most successful Agricultural shows in the Riverina. The popular agricultural show, held on the Labour Day holiday annually, is renowned for its quality horse events, and playing host to the Southern Riverina Strong Wool Championships. The Show Girl Competition, Ute Competition, and Dog Show are popular drawcards, ensuring there is something for everyone to enjoy.

There is farm produce, wool and crop competitions, as well as pavilion action including cookery, horticulture, floral art, needlework, school work, and photography. And of course all the regular side show attractions for the young to enjoy.

The Walbundrie Agricultural Show is a great day out for the whole family, with something to keep every member of the family entertained.

Event Dates
      2nd Oct

Billabong Street,
Walbundrie Showgrounds
Walbundrie, NSW, 2642

Located 16.7K from Rand

Hume League Football and Netball Grand Final

Spectators can expect an action packed blockbuster as the best teams in the Hume district battle it out for the premiership title. With crowds of up to 7000 expected to flock to Walbundrie, it's a great day out of Australian rules football and netball. With the junior teams playing early in the day, and followed by the seniors in the afternoon, it's a great day of entertainment.

Event Dates
      16th Sep

Billabong Street
Walbundrie, NSW, 2642

Located 16.8K from Rand

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