Winton is a very interesting destination – and a MUST for Banjo Patterson fans. There are references to the famous Australian everywhere! Where else can you walk on the lyrics of “Waltzing Matilda”? Or stroll amongst the jumbucks and stanzas of this beloved Aussie song. Even the Swagman is immortalised in a statue in town.
There are loads of options in town for caravan parks and pub stays, and a couple of waterside camps south of town, including our stop for the night, Long Waterhole.
For now, here’s our favourite attractions:
Winton’s claim to fame is that Banjo Patterson wrote Australia’s unofficial anthem, “Waltzing Matilda”, at a nearby cattle station. So the Waltzing Matilda Centre was created – the first ever museum to be dedicated to a song.
Also an art museum, cultural centre – with many Aussie films on display. Out the back, I was WOWED by my first ever Mulla Mulla.
Our family had a good stroll around the old loco, signs, sheds and heritage items.
Once through, a photo with Banjo was a must!
Across the road to the museum is the Swagman monument.
Walk down the main street and the poem is recorded again, as metal jumbucks graze in front of pubs – what history those bars would have seen! Go in and have a beverage, take in Winton. Some you can park up the van for the night!
Other places to check out are the fascinating Willie Mars Chinese Garden and Market …
… quirky Arno’s Wall …
… and the Winton Club where the first board meeting for Qantas was held. All in easy walking distance of each other.
We picnicked at Hollow Log Park on our arrival to town. This day use park/picnic ground has facilities that include free showers!
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