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Published June 9th 2020
Quaint and quirky accommodation with real atmosphere
The Railway Lodge in Taree offers quaint and quirky heritage accommodation with real atmosphere. Originally the Railway-Drivers` Barracks, it has a colourful history and is conveniently located very close to the Taree Railway Station, shops, the Base Hospital and the beautiful Manning River.
A small steam engine greets guests on arrival, while inside a very eclectic collection of unusual antiques, mostly seafaring gear, implies it may be misnamed. Yet the local model railway is right next door for those so inclined. It really is a most intriguing and unique stopover.
It was very clean and quiet but with the only other guests right next door and our windows open on a warm evening, their conversation did interrupt my sleep. As all rooms open onto a long quirky open courtyard and the front rooms have an outdoor setting. There are lovely old timber pews and huge tables amidst the plants and antiques that reminded me more of a youth hostel-type setting.
They boast a FB page and can be booked through the usual online booking sites but the rate was well reduced when I booked direct. Their publicity mentions a continental breakfast and free wifi but these were not evident during my overnight stay, although I did book in hurriedly just after 5pm.
Taree - image from wikidata
My compact room had all the usual facilities and the reception was open from 10am to 5pm. It was truly a night to be remembered in such a unique setting with so many photo opportunities.