We had a busy railway, hospital, 4 grocery shops, butcher, 2 bakers, 3 garages, a couple of cafes, a movie theatre and various other shops and businesses.
When the railway service was down graded, we also lost our local hospital and many other bussinesses and services went by the way.
Now Binnaway has a smaller population of about 500 people.
This is an aerial photograph of the township, I didn't take this but thought I would include it in this post.
You enter town from this direction over the Castlereagh River, a lovely meandering river most of the time with great fishing spots along its banks but it can at time of heavy rain be a threatening raging torrent The view up and down the river off the bridge is beautiful, a lovely place to spend a lazy afternoon.
Also along the river is a wonderful caravan park/camping grounds.It is known as the Pump House camping grounds..This is the old pump house that used to supply the township with water in days gone by.
Binnaway has two Hotels, The Royal and The Exchange, both excellent watering holes, offering meals on certain days and regular raffle draws, usually as fund raisers for local groups of volunteers.
With such a large rail history ,when it was downsized the local people organized a volunter group called the "Rail Heritage Society" and raised money to convert the old Railway mens barracks to more up dated accommodation. They restored the old building and now maintain it as excellent visitors accommodation, which is regularly booked for local functions.
Binnaway is in a rural area, well known in the past as a big wheat growing are, and now mixed crops,cattle and sheep. The photo below is one of two grain storage silos that operated along side the railway.Also a big part of the rural sector is the sale yards which still have regular cattle sales.
I know , there are many more places, groups and area that I have not mentioned or photographed in this post and that is not to say what a great part they play in this wonderful small town.A small town like this these days needs all the support and help it can get. Times are hard everywhere and many small towns like this are suffering and they rely more and more on the tourists dollars. If ever you are passing by this way, stay a day or two and relax, you won't be sorry.I'll keep a lookout for you !.
So until we meet again
Cheers to all,