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Wondabyne Railway Station

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Published November 23rd 2010
If it were possible for a train to go to nowhere, then the last railway station on the line would be Wondabyne.

65 kilometres away from the familiar landmarks of elegant Central Station and grubby Town Hall, Wondabyne Station is distinguished not only by its remoteness, but also by its extraordinarily short size. The entire platform is less than a train carriage in length. In fact, if you want to alight at Wondabyne, it is necessary to inform the guard and travel in the last carriage of the train. Travelling from Wondabyne back to the city, passengers must wave down the train as if it were a city bus.

The station lies on the Newcastle and Central Coast Line of the CityRail network. Opened in 1889, Wondabyne used to be known as Mullet Creek Junction, before being re-christened as Hawkesbury Cabin. Administrators finally settled on Wondabyne in 1891.

Apart from the distinction that comes with age, Wondabyne Station is the only railway station in Australia that lacks any road access.

While these facts may interest anyone with a yen for remoteness or an interest in local history, most people would be querying at this point why anyone would want to visit this station in the middle of a wilderness.

Wondabyne Station lies on the shores of Mullet Creek. If you follow Mullet Creek southwards for about 6 kilometres, you will find yourself standing on the shores of the Hawkesbury River.

This is precisely what visitors to Wondabyne (who are not adequately captivated by the tiny platform) do after informing the guard that they would like to make the optional stop. Apart from the views of the river, visitors are able to enjoy the sight of Pindar Cave, which is a hulking sandstone overhang of particular geographical interest.
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Why? To see the strangest train station in Australia
When: Hourly trains
Where: Wondabyne
Cost: $12 for an adult return
Comments
I used to go past Wondabyne twice a day when living on the Central Coast. I think it will also be very interesting for those amateur photographers.
By enriquito2005 - reader
Monday, 22nd of November @ 09:15 pm
Wondabyne is also a good jumping off stop on the Great North Walk going south. There is also a sculpture garden (if it's still there)
By toora - reader
Wednesday, 24th of November @ 10:00 pm
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By Brett Miller - senior reviewer
Friday, 31st of December @ 01:14 am
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