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Junee Rhythm n Rail Festival

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When travelling around Australia you come across a lot of towns in varying sizes and population, some of which you have never heard of before. One such town is Junee. In 2015 Junee had an urban population of 6,230 people. Wikipedia states that Junee's name originated either from an Aboriginal word meaning "speak to me" or the word "Choo-nee" meaning frog. Today, the town has a mixture of industries including agriculture, rail transport, light industry and government services.

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Photo courtesy of Junee Rhythm n Rail Festival Website


The town comes alive on the second weekend of March each year as the population increases with over 4,000 visitors for the Junee Rhythm n Rail Festival. The festival is held over a three-day weekend commencing on the Friday afternoon and hosts numerous events during this period. Some of these include:

Friday night Bush Dance
Saturday Markets in Memorial Park and Street Parade
Working and static model railway exhibitions
Vintage car and motorbike displays
Bush Poet's Breakfast
Main stage where a variety of artists and local busking sessions will be performing
Local pubs and licensed premises provide performances for bands and musical acts
Smaller restaurants and cafes offer locations for soloists or quartets
1920s Tin Hare Tours by the Railway Station Cafe
Business houses (Junee Licorice and Chocolate Factory, Broadway Museum, Roundhouse Museum, Monte Cristo Homestead) all contribute to the activities provided throughout the weekend.

Junee, Festival, Fun, Entertainment, Food, Drink, Music, Free, Poetry, Railways
Photo courtesy of Junee Rhythm n Rail Festival Website


The Festival is a community organised event, which has aided in the growth of Junee and the Riverina Region of New South Wales. This year marks the tenth anniversary of the Festival and each year the community is committed to growing the event by creating new and innovative activities that broaden the initial rail and rhythm theme. The Festival was the winner of the NSW Inland Tourism Community Festivals and Events Award in 2014.

Junee, Festival, Fun, Entertainment, Food, Drink, Music, Free, Poetry, Railways
Photo courtesy of Junee Rhythm n Rail Festival Website


Junee is located close to Wagga Wagga, Griffith and Albury and only two and a half hours from Canberra. If you are travelling a longer distance, there is plenty of accommodation in Junee for visitors. If you have not visited Junee before, the Junee Rhythm n Rail Festival is a great way to start.

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Why? Festivals are Fun
When: 9 -11 March 2018
Phone: 02 6924 3246
Where: Junee
Cost: Free entry
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