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Sydney Central Station This is Sydney Central Station: the biggest railway station in Sydney. Servicing the metropolitan area, trains depart from here throughout New South Wales.
New South Wales Pastoral New South Wales is the most populous state in Australia, not to mention the oldest. Once you leave the urban feel of Sydney, you quickly feel how this is primarily an agricultural country.
A Failed Homestead All along the route between Sydney and Melbourne are traces of places that were dilapidated. Take this ruin, a memory of a homestead, most likely set up in the 19th century during the gold rush.
Innovation People who went out to Australia over the past 150 years were forced to devise a variety of tools in order to survive the challenges of an often dangerous wild.
Cattle Here Australian cattle are being moved into a new fallow field. The dry land may make it harder to hold onto crops, but it makes for good hay production.
A Methodist Church A number of Christian denominations came to Australia during its European settlement, hoping to offset rampant property grabbing, lawlessness, among other social problems common to a ‘gold rush’ society.
Hampden Bridge over the Flooding Murrumbidgee River The rivers of New South Wales are, in general, short and wide, staying close to the coast and not reaching far inland. Here you’ll note another feature common to these shallow rivers – flooding.
Wagga Wagga This unusual name applies to what is really a very usual town in New South Wales. Not unlike small towns in England, each has a floral display introducing the newcomer, as seen here.
Waiting for the Train I gave these kids waiting at the Wagga Wagga train station a classic American thumbs-up. A pretty good response, I think!
Transfer Time At Wagga Wagga, passengers alight to change trains. This is the exit point out of New South Wales and into Victoria, whose capitol is Melbourne.
Comfort on the Rails The trains in Australia are clean, comfortable, and seem to always be on time. Again, I was surprised by how similar these trains seem to those in the United Kingdom, only cleaner!
North Eastern Hotel The closer you get to Victoria, there’s a definite change in how it feels. Note here the more vibrant, colorful architecture of this stop for tired tourists.
New World Wine The southeast of Australia, as you can see by the grape vines below, is the Australian wine country, like the Sonoma Valley in California or the province of Mendoza along the Andes in Argentina.
Green at Last The land becomes noticeably greener, more humid, and friendlier the more south you head away from the dry, arid meadows of New South Wales.
Cootamundra With a small population of 5,566 people, Cootamundra is a town located at the intersection of the brand new Olympic Highway and the Muttama Creek.
More Farms Along the way to Melbourne further south into New South Wales, there are more larger plantation-style homesteads, whose production includes cash crops alongside cattle raising.
Approaching Victoria As with any major city in the world, the beauty of the countryside eventual gives way to the detrimental effects of the city.
Once a Major Seaport Though Melbourne thrives still today as a major seaport, a great deal of urban rejuvenation has turned its many old British-styled canals into pleasant walkways and parks for recreationists.
History Remembered There is a definite pride in Victoria for its past. A number of relics, like this early 20th century train, help remind the visitor of what was, and hopefully, what continues to be the pride of this region.