Rosalie Dale

Stockinbingal, Australia

I suffer from viewfinder vision (find myself visualising a frame around everything I see) so my genre is “anything that moves and...

And so the coundown begins ... Junee RB Rumble

This is particularly for those who aren’t on our email list (the info was just emailed to those in our system) who are attending the March Rhythm n Rail Festival … we’ve tried to cover everything in the one document instead of sending many short messages, so if you could save and print this out for reference, it would be great!
NB A couple of RSVPs are necessary – the special access to Monte Cristo homestead, and private farm visits. See below.
*Photo comp has great (money!) prizes *… the link is also below

OK … bring it on!!!

How to get sidetracked at the Rhythm ‘n Rail Festival/Rumble!!
JUNEE ~ 2 – 4 March 2012

With the Rumble countdown now underway (woohoo!), it is time to confirm details and keep each other in the loop regarding events and expectations. It may be a good idea to print this document for reference!!

Below you will find vital info regarding:

  • The Rhythm ‘n Rail Festival
  • Photo competition – closing date 24th Feb (entries will need to be mailed up to a week earlier to ensure we don’t miss the date)
  • Tourist Park/accommodation
  • Attendees – we need to confirm some details! Seen notes
  • Weekend schedule
  • Which RB activities you need to RSVP to
  • Other important info …

The Festival website is … tickets are needed for some events and can be pre-booked. Our rumble events are on top of what is listed on the site!

Photo competition: Closing date 24 Feb … Open to amateur photographers (any person who does not derive their primary income from a photography business and earns less than $5000 from the hobby), the Rhythm ‘n’ Rail photography competition consists of a Rhythm class, Rail class, Open class and Junior class. Entry form – here Great prizes – including $400 for the overall winner!! Images do NOT need to come from the Junee area … there is another initiative happening involving shots from the actual Festival weekend which is detailed on the same document.

Tourist Park, accommodation and meals. Most will have confirmed bookings, but if you haven’t, please do so (02 6924 1316 – Shelly & Geoff) simply because the Park has changed hands, and there were some ambiguities re some of the cabin sizes etc. The Park is at 2 Sunnyside Lane, Junee – right across the railway line from the Licorice Factory. We are thinking of having a communal BBQ Fri night at the Van Park (BYO or $5 each) for those who have arrived already, and the evening meal together on the Saturday night. Other than that the cabins have kitchen facilities and the town boasts a large IGA supermarket (as well as pubs and other eateries!!). There is a pool at the Park so pack your swimmers if you think you may like to cool off!!

Attendees It would be good if you could find something red to wear! Rumblers will be arriving from Thursday onwards, and staying through till anything from Sunday till Wednesday.
We really need to have you confirm please:
* How many in your group
* Names of those in your group
* If you are staying on a site or cabin at the Van Park, or elsewhere
* Do we have your correct e-mail address?
* Best contact number
* Do you want to be involved in a Dinner Saturday night?
* Monte Cristo private access Sunday morning requires RSVP to Philip or myself – and some photos to give them on a CD afterwards!
* Farm visits require RSVP to us also, as well as a small contribution towards a ‘thank you’ gift

So far we seem to have over 20 attendees, with quite a few in the ‘maybe’ column.

The Trip to Junee
Junee is located between Cootamundra and Wagga Wagga, on the Olympic Way, 4-5 hours from Sydney. While travelling via the Hume Highway is a direct route, you miss a lot!

If you have time, do a quick left turn into Tallong (about 2 minutes before Marulan) and check out the 2 lookouts – stunning mountain views down a precipitous drop to the Shoalhaven River.

Marulan village has a main street where some buildings resemble a film set. Old shops, a vacant (for sale!!) red brick two-storey pub with fascinating history, Lorna’s tea rooms behind the convict built antique/bric a brac store not only serves great coffee, but houses a comprehensive library of info on the area.
Gunning and Bowning also have historic buildings worthy of a few minutes’ detour.

Turn right off the Hume Hwy via the Burley Griffen Way, just beyond Yass, and pass through Binalong (grave of bushranger John Gilbert is signposted and easily accessed via a path into a paddock on the outskirts of town) , Harden/Murrumburrah (mouth watering roadside landscapes!), Wallendbeen (the most photographed old church in the area is unmissable, nicely situated in a paddock!!), Cootamundra (Sir Donald Bradman’s birthplace … complete with museum and old cottage ‘hospital’, and an impressive ‘captain’s walk’ in Jubilee park showcasing bronze busts of every Aussie cricket captain …, Bethungra (old churches and a beautiful old pub with lace verandah now converted to a B&B) – then on to Junee itself.

The Schedule!!!
Events marked with ** require RSVP to Philip or Rosalie asap!!

Thursday 1 March

  • 6pm BBQ Tourist Park (BYO or $5 each) for early arrivals

Friday 2 March

  • Sunrise shoot (Philip J’s speciality!!) … sun rises at
    6.29am so, early start!
    * Heritage walking tour departing Railway station TBA
  • Model railway exhibition – Junee Rec and
    Aquatic centre (free entry)
  • Photography exhibition Junee High School – hopefully
    we’ll have plenty of entries!
  • Sunset shoot … sun sets after 8pm according to the
    web … details TBA
  • Community evening meal in the Van Park’s BBQ area (BYO)

Saturday 3 March

  • Sunrise shoot
  • Heritage Railway Journey (open 9am – 6pm) –
    see festival website
  • Living Museum – woodworking, blacksmithing, crafts etc …
    see festival website for more details
  • Spit Roast ‘n Rockabilly at the Licorice Factory from 6pm till 10pm – $10 entry plus food. OR the Railway Cafe has
  • Junee Lamb Dinner and Live Music night.
    See festival website.
  • Roundhouse Rail Museum will be open all weekend –
    built in 1942, boasting one of the few working Railway
    Roundhouses in the Sthn Hemisphere.
  • Vertical Licorice bowling world championship – 4-6pm
    at the Licorice Factory!!
  • Wind in the Roundhouse Concert 8pm …
    Geoff Bull (Aussie’s own New Orleans style jazz trumpeter)
    and his ensemble will play at the Rail Roundhouse – I’ve
    heard this group on many occasions – world class. BYO
    folding chair. Bookings essential … see festival website.
  • Tin Hare rail rides – see Festival website … bookings need
    to be made online. The Tin Hare is an historic diesel engine
    and will be doing trips to both Wagga and Cootamundra (via
    the unique ‘Bethungra spiral’).

Sunday 4 March

  • 8.50am ** Private access to Monte Cristo (historic, haunted house) till 10am. Special price of $5. RSVP ESSENTIAL to Philip or Rosalie. If you decide to visit the house with the general public (after 10am any day) remember entry will be $12 each, AND tripods etc will not be appropriate. The house has narrow stairs and hallways, the doors to rooms are roped off mostly due to the value and quantity of the contents (!!) – we would be contending with the general public outside our designated time. Even during our hour of access, monopods would be more appropriate, and consideration needed in allowing everyone access to the photo ops! The outdoor area is more forgiving with masses of old sheds and implements, buggies, memorabilia and items from yesteryear. We have promised the Ryans a CD of images after the event as a ‘thank you’ so please keep this in mind … !!
  • ** Meet 10.25am for 11am RB FARM photo shoot – we’ll travel to “Amaroo” at Junee Reefs (about 25klms) RSVP/booking with Philip or Rosalie ESSENTIAL. Donations toward bottle of wine or slab of beer as a ‘thank you’ will be collected!
  • Bush Poet’s Breakfast 8am – 10.30am Broadway Museum … $10
  • Vintage Car Show ’n’ shine (8am until 2pm) Festival Precinct
  • Heritage Railway Journey (9.00am to 6.00pm) see festival website
  • Ecumenical church service 11am – see festival website
  • Markets, Live music etc around town.
  • Photography Exhibition continues

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday… to be arranged depending on who is leaving when! Junee boasts many quaint and historic buildings in the suburban streets which are well worth investigating. Temora, apart from the Aviation Museum, has an extensive Australiana museum behind the information centre which houses many vintage displays and a few historic buildings which have been relocated and restored … Bradman’s family slab hut, an old school house, old church etc. Displays of steam tractors, old cars, ambulances and fire engines … certainly a productive way to fill in half a day of your time !

Important… Please remember we need to bring our best manners with us!!! We are city guests in a country situation – their culture is different to ours. We need to respect fences, fire bans and private property – permission is far more appropriate than trying to get forgiveness after the event and adding to the bad reputation that photographers seem to be getting!!! We would love to be invited back again … :+)

If you have any questions, please BM Philip Johnson or myself and we’ll do our best to help!
Looking forward to an amazing time ….

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