All Aboard the 1929 Tram
We knew that we’d been promised “romance of a bygone era”, and we knew that the Brindabella Ranges would sit in the distance. Still, a tram that first ran in 1929...? 1929 was 91 years ago – my grandfather was born in 1929!
After leaving Canberra on a Friday afternoon, we arrived in Wallaroo just as the sun was starting to set. The drive from where we live in Canberra was only 30 minutes – plenty of time to finish work, head to the supermarket for some cheese and wine, and arrive at the property before dark.
Once there, we were welcomed by hosts Jenny and David, with warm smiles, a quick chat and a roaring fire already lit for us to cook our dinner on and warm up.
Jenny and David have been running this Bed and Breakfast for nearly 30 years, they told us. The entire property has a personal touch; the property is tastefully littered with train and tram paraphernalia such as track signs and train platform benches.
Inside, the walls of both the train and tram carriages and the breakfast room, are adorned with vintage record covers and movie posters that span almost half a century. The rooms are curated with 20th-century antiques and pop culture items.
Tram 590, the carriage we stayed in, sits right next to an old tennis court (rackets and balls provided), and next to that – a chicken coop. The guineafowl wandering around were also curious creatures and a lovely little touch to the country-setting.
At sunrise, we wandered the property; sheep grazed harmoniously with the kangaroos, and cows were mooing in the distance. The magpies warbled as we sipped our teas and took some photos.
Included in the booking was breakfast (an actual BnB!), so as soon as we’d had our fill of the frosty morning (we couldn’t feel our fingers anymore), we retreated to Jenny and David’s breakfast room.
The breakfast room faces the Murrumbidgee River and the Brindabellas – so watching the sun dance across the hills, whilst filling our bellies with eggs and bacon, and a cup of coffee (freshly prepared by Jenny and David) was a great way to start the day.
This old tram accommodation is the perfect mini-getaway for busy and stressed Canberrans. In less than 30 minutes drive, you can immerse yourself in both the rolling ‘Canberra wine hills’, and at the same time step back in time, and enjoy a little slice of history in the 1929 Melbourne tram....
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