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Australiana Pioneer Village

On Sunday last weekend I decided that I wanted to get out of the city and off the beaten track. I took a train out to Windsor (about an hour and a half’s journey).

On arrival at the station, I wondered if I had made a big mistake. Nobody else got out onto the platform.There was nothing of interest around the station except for a pub, which was closed. I was on the point of getting back on the train when I spotted a man with his two daughters walking along the road.  Ah, someone to ask.

It turned out there was stuff to see. The station was a good half an hour’s walk from the centre of Windsor, but the dad helped put me on the right track. Once I got to the Sunday markets I was immediately pleased I’d made the effort.

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After browsing the market and picking up a milkshake at the Outback Bakehouse, I decided to make my way out to the Australiana Pioneer Village. This was not in Windsor, but a nearby village called Wilberforce. The friendly dad had said that the distance was just about walkable…

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The route crossed the beautiful Hawkesbury River and followed the main road through countryside rather similar to home. After about an hour, and wondering I had missed a turn, I eventually came to the Pioneer Village.

The Village is a street full of dwellings and shops that have been moved from their original sites around the historic Hawkesbury district. These buildings include the oldest timber dwelling in Australia, Rose Cottage, and help give an idea of what early Australia was like. It’s an absolute hidden gem and I can’t recommend it highly enough. They have sheep shearing, live music, dancing, and a proper old inn…

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I had been hoping to get the 4pm train back, but it was 2.15 by the time I’d finished looking around the village – and the station was a long way away. I went along to the reception stall to ask if there were a bus running back to the station, or at least to Windsor. There were absolutely no buses. I asked if members of staff would be driving back that way, and it turned out that one old lady ‘down at the Gazette’ might be able to help. She said yes and kindly drove me all the way to the station – thank you to kind strangers everywhere <3

Anyway, tomorrow I am heading off to… (drum roll)… DARWIN! I’ll be taking a tour all the way across Australia to Adelaide.  There will be a bit of a blogging hiatus, but make sure to subscribe in order to get my next blog post straight to your email inbox. You can also follow me for up-to-date news on Facebook and Twitter. In the meantime, I would love to get your feedback on my blog. Do you have a favourite post on here? Where would you like to see me go next?  Let me know in the comments below!

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