Next Departure Date: 31 Jul 2019
Member Price (per person): $110
Non Member Price (per person): $130
Tour Duration: 1 Day
Built around a village square the historic heritage village of Binalong is nestled in wooded hills north-west of Yass. In 1821 Hamilton Hume’s exploratory party became the first known group of Europeans in the area. Binalong was also home to one of Australia’s best-known poets: AB ‘Banjo’ Paterson. Raised at Illalong Station outside the town, ‘Banjo’ attended school in Binalong before being sent off to school in Sydney in 1864. He returned to Illalong on holidays many times and Binalong influenced several of his poems. One of Australia’s most infamous bushrangers, Johnny (Flash) Gilbert, lies buried near Binalong. Gilbert, along with Frank Gardiner and Ben Hall, formed part of the gang responsible for the biggest robbery in Australian bush ranging history, stealing £14,000 in cash and gold from the Forbes Gold escort in June 1862. At the time of his death in 1865, Gilbert had become Australia’s most notorious criminal. His grave can be found on the Harden Road, 1 km from town, and his death is recorded in Banjo Paterson’s 1894 poem “How Gilbert Died”. Once a major stopping place for Cobb & Co coaches, Binalong is now home to some outstanding examples of colonial architecture. The Black Swan Inn (built in 1847) is now a Gallery and informal wine bar, while the original Paterson Pub (1840s), built of pise and bricks, is now a private residence, as is the old railway station (1876).
After a leisurely start, today we travel to Binalong to enjoy a fabulous 2-course Christmas luncheon at Hotel Binalong. Our 2-course lunch will consist of a traditional main and dessert with tea, coffee & slices included. Experience great country hospitality at this fantastic old hotel (established in 1922) in the historic village of Binalong. A place where the likes of Banjo Paterson sat and relaxed, writing poems about the beautiful countryside around him and of the larrikins he had met. The decor of Pato’s pub is authentic and creates a warm and welcoming ambience to all who frequent it. Great historic photos line the walls as you enjoy lunch by the lovely open fire. There will be lovely Christmas decorations, a tree and Santa may even pop by! After a fantastic day we head home arriving approximately 4.30pm.Booking Request Download Brochure Terms & Conditions