This little community boasts some excellent attractions such as the Barellan Museum, the Big Tennis Racquet and the CWA Rest House. This town is well worth a stop to embrace the real spirit of a country village. Situated on the Burley Griffin Way 56 kms north of Narrandera, Barellan is noted for its warm hospitality and the can-do attitude of its residents. Barellan is the home town to tennis great Evonne Goolagong-Cawley, who grew up and learned to play tennis in Barellan. The hitting wall where she practiced still remains.
And while you’re in town, don’t forget to sample Barellan’s community owned and locally brewed Golden Grain Beer which is available on tap at the Commercial Hotel and War Memorial Club (locals tip – you can purchase a 2 litre bottle to take home).
Location: 62 Bendee Street, Barellan 2700 Phone: (02) 6963 9301 Open 7 days. Friendly atmosphere. Everyone welcome. Chinese restaurant open Thursday to Sunday nights 6:00pm-9:00pm. Bowling Green available for social or comps. Tennis Courts available. Functions catered for. Website
Location: 72 Yapunyah Street This is a treasure trove full of artefacts and the history of Barellan and the surrounding district. As amateur historians, the Barellan Museum Committee have created memorable displays to take you on a journey that will keep the country spirit alive. For the tennis fans, you may be able to purchase a signed Evonne Goolagong-Cawley tennis ball from the Museum. The Barellan Museum is open on Tuesday (11am-4pm); Thursday (10am-2pm); Friday and Saturday (11am-4pm). Or to book outside of hours phone Irene on (02) 6963 9445 or Val on (02) 6963 9276.
Location: 55 Mulga St The Barellan Swimming Pool featuring a 25m 6 lane pool, was opened on the 6th of February 1965 and provides a pleasant, shady, safe and happy environment for the Barellan community and visiting children and adults alike during the summer months. The pool facility features a baby’s pool with covered area, a well-stocked kiosk serving espresso coffee, hot food, snacks and drinks and free BBQ facilities are available. The pool opens at the end of October and closes at the end of March each year. The “Borrow A Bike” Barellan experience can also be organised from the Barellan Swimming Pool or phone Heather on 0429 639 371.
Location: Yapunyah Street Local Barellan farmer, David Irvin, was the driving force behind the construction of a 13.8 metre-long Big Tennis Racquet which stands boldly in the main street. The racquet was made to celebrate the 100th year of Barellan and its proud association with Evonne Goolagong-Cawley. The Dunlop racquet is a scale wooden replica with Evonne’s autograph. This is a mandatory photo stop for those passing through. Just use the hashtag #bigtennisracquet when posting to social media.
Location: Yapunyah Street The Country Women’s Association Rest House in Barellan, dating from July 1924, is of State significance for being one of the first ‘CWA rest houses’ purpose-built by local country women in Australia. The name ‘rest room’ has often been confusing to outsiders, who have seen it as a coy term for public lavatories. But what the women of the CWA were creating in their rest rooms was a home away from home, where they could put their feet up, allow the kids to roam free, make a cup of tea and conduct meetings in dignity and comfort. The rooms certainly contained clean toilet facilities but went far beyond this.
Location: Yapunyah Street Saltbush Bill accompanies the Barellan Museum sign. He is a cartoon character created by Jolliffee depicting a sheep drover with whip in hand and best mate at foot. You can read all about this iconic character in the Barellan Museum.
Barellan Masters Games, held on the last weekend in February, is a celebration of sports aimed at the ‘older’ generation with something for everyone.
Each year in October, Barellan hosts the Barellan Working Clydesdales and Heavy Horses “The Good Old Days” Weekend featuring displays and competitions of working Clydesdales and heavy horse teams.