Werris Creek is a surprise of great significance. Werris Creek is encounted by way a decision to visit. There is no reason to be on this road, so the alternative route to Tamworth is now a must. 'Werris' appears to derive from an Aboriginal word first written as 'Weia Weia', though no meaning is known.
For ‘joe average’ Werris Creek is a ‘never heard of it’ place. Well, we should have heard of it. Werris Creek will for NSW, one day be the equivalent of Qld's Barcaldine. I.e. the Railway and its workers of Australia, versus the birth of unionism at Barcaldine. Both having a huge impact on Australia. Can you believe that Werris Creek was once one of the biggest rail centres in NSW, which means at that time Australia? Amazing. Today there is the museum, the tribute centre, unique street designs, but also a graveyard for locomotives. Dozens of them just sitting and rusting away.
A railway station opened at Werris Creek in 1880. The heritage listed Werris Creek Station building, built in the late 1880s, was designed by the famed NSW railway engineer John Whitton. A historic display depicts the past history of Werris Creek as the first railway town in Australia from the age of steam through to the modern day diesel.
The Australian Railway Monument was recently opened near the station and part of the station building has been opened as a railway museum. Many hundreds (if not thousands) of railway workers have lost their lives in this industry.
The northern approach to Werris Creek is an eye-opener (not photographed) but sets the scene for a longish visit. There is no caravan park in Werris Creek, but allow a day to digest and absorb.