Having seen a few woolsheds in our travels we were pleasantly surprised by what we found at the Yanga Woolshed.
The shed was built to accommodate 40 shearers and 3000 sheep at one time, and it is easy to see why it was known as the most modern shed of its type in the area. There are iPads with informative videos at several stations throughout the complex. And surprise!!! They all worked!
You enter the woolshed from the same direction that the sheep once did, walking through enormous pens.
Leaving the pens you enter the shearers stands, where the sheep were shorn.
Close by the stand was the machine shop that kept the shearers in sharp blades and supplied the mechanical machinery to run the blades.
Then its onto the sorting and classing sections.
Leaving the shed behind you get to see where the shearers and management lived after hours.
Then the wool was shipped by barge down the Murrumbidgee River.
Yanga Homestead was opened to the public in 2009 and is a credit to NSW National Parks on how they have presented such an important part of Australian history.
The homestead was built in 1870s and is presented in original condition, with furnished rooms and manicured grounds.
It overlooks Yanga Lake with its varied birdlife. If you look closely at the photo, you can see a large scoop of pelicans in the distance on the lake.
National Parks provide you with a small handheld audio player and a key which allows you to self-guide through the buildings at your own pace. The tour takes you through each room and office of the homestead and describes what life was like back in those
The Parks department should pat themselves on the back for the way they have presented this historic site as if the people had just left. It is very pleasing to see that this sort of historic site has been preserved.