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Temora Travel Guide: 20 reviews and 68 photos

Come fly with me!

As with so many Australian towns, Temora began in the 1800s with gold mining and the usual bushrangers. Out in western New South Wales though, the land is flat and suits wheat farming, so that became the main industry. Not that the gold mining proved unsuccessful: in pursuit of gold, outside the town the miners dug the largest open cut mine in New South Wales – it produced gold until 1996 and with gold prices rising, maybe it will re-open. A 7.3kg gold nugget was one of the ‘highlight’ finds, back in the early days.

With the gold mines and the golden wheat, Temora settled down to being quiet and prosperous. Then World War II came and, with it, the need to train large numbers of pilots. The flat land and usually fine weather of the inland wheat growing areas were ideal for basic flying training, so a military flying school was established in Temora.

Time rolled by, but through the years the old flying field remained popular for sport flying of various kinds – for the same reasons that had made it suitable for flying training. Then, in 1999, a Sydney businessman decided that Temora would be a good place to establish an aviation museum dedicated to aircraft relevant to Australia’s defence over the years – with the displays to include flying demonstrations. The world-class Temora Aviation Museum resulted and now is the main tourist attraction in the area.

We have been to Temora several times, sometimes just passing through, on other occasions to enjoy one of the museum’s ‘flying days’. The thought occurs that we really should revisit with more time to explore further afield!

Oh yes, the heading photo. It’s a De Havilland “Tiger Moth” training aircraft, made in Australia during the War and now part of the museum. This particular aircraft was actually based in Temora when the flying school was operating, and that’s exactly how it would have looked then.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:More than wheat and sheep
  • Cons:Expect it to be hot in summer
  • In a nutshell:Definitely worth a visit - hanging around, even! (see OTBP)
  • Intro Updated Mar 19, 2008
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  • TheWanderingCamel's Profile Photo
    Jan 20, 2010 at 6:22 AM

    Another place to add to the growing list of places to see when we finally set off around Australia. Love the No Hanging sign!

  • lynnehamman's Profile Photo
    May 11, 2009 at 6:29 AM

    George- my father in law was a WW2 pilot- so this place is a MUST to take him to when he visits next month, Thanks so much (also for hotel link)

  • Trekki's Profile Photo
    May 10, 2009 at 7:23 AM

    Oh lovely airplanes, I would really like to go and see their airshow :-)

  • junecorlett's Profile Photo
    Apr 9, 2009 at 1:11 AM

    I attended many airshows as a child...my late dad was in the Air Force. Happy Easter to you and your family.

  • JLBG's Profile Photo
    May 18, 2008 at 1:59 PM

    These planes are superb! Haha, no hanging! I like this sign! This is a special page for a special place!

  • deecat's Profile Photo
    Apr 19, 2008 at 9:03 AM

    What an education for me to read and view your top-notch pages about Temora. I appreciate all the details, descriptions, and great travelogues. This sure is a labor of love for you and it shows.

  • Daja123's Profile Photo
    Mar 30, 2008 at 1:41 PM

    It was a big pleasure for me to look at your excellent presentation of Temora town and museum. It is to be admired how big effort is necessary to collect so much of valubles. I see you are very professional regarding airplanes. Hugs xx

  • Ekaterinburg's Profile Photo
    Mar 27, 2008 at 1:57 PM

    I hope this doesn't mean you're abandoning the humble Renault 4 George . A mine of avaiation information here and great photos. I loved Biggles and Gimlet - they don't write them like that anymore:))

  • aussirose's Profile Photo
    Mar 25, 2008 at 11:57 PM

    Gee those travelogue pix are awesome George!! I love the big spitfire one....and that Canberra plane looks pretty flash! Great stunt photos matey!! Hugs xx

  • Bwana_Brown's Profile Photo
    Mar 25, 2008 at 8:14 PM

    Fantastic page George!! As a history and military buff, I really enjoyed your spectacular photos and very informative commentary! This looks like a 'must-see' airshow in an historic town with several other very worthwhile attractions. Fabulous T'log pics!


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