Bundanoon, New South Wales
New South Wales
Bundanoon Town Centre at dusk
Bundanoon is a town in the Southern Highlands of New South Wales, Australia, in Wingecarribee Shire. In 2006, Bundanoon had a population of 2,035 people. It is an Aboriginal name meaning "place of deep gullies" and was formerly known as Jordan's Crossing. Bundanoon is colloquially known as Bundy / Bundi.
Bundanoon, like its fellow Southern Villages of the Southern Highlands, New South Wales, has had a boom-and-bust economic cycle. The town became a well-known tourist destination early in the 20th century; its picturesqueness and the exquisite scenery of what is now Morton National Park, combined with being served by the railway network, made it a pleasant and convenient holiday area for city dwellers who could not afford the more expensive accommodation at the popular Blue Mountains resort area. By the 1950s, however, changes in lifestyle, particularly the affordability of the motor car, gave city dwellers more options, and Bundanoon declined.
The Sydney real estate boom of the early 21st century made Bundanoon an affordable haven within commuting distance of the City. Property values increased several-fold, and houses in Bundanoon were selling for over a million dollars by 2007. A moratorium has been placed on the construction of new subdivisions until the area's sewerage system can be upgraded.
Bundanoon is known for its annual Garden Ramble, and for its Brigadoon Festival, which attracts tourists from around the world.
Bundanoon railway station is located on the Southern Highlands line. Most services terminate at Moss Vale, meaning Bundanoon only receives limited services. Sydney to Canberra long distance services also stop at the station on request. Bundanoon is the highest point on the Sydney–Melbourne train route.
Local bus services are provided by Berrima Bus Lines.
Anglican: Part of the Sutton Forest parish. In 1879, Holy Trinity Anglican church was built on its present site. (the timber church was destroyed by bushfire in December 1904; rebuilt in stone in 1905).
Uniting: Part of the Moss Vale – Bundanoon – Robertson parish. By 1870 the Primitive Methodist Church was established on the corner where the Soldiers’ Memorial Hall now stands. This building also served as the first school, with Mrs Dinah Osborne as teacher. A new school of two rooms was built in 1880 and is still used as the school library. The Primitive Methodists moved to a new building in 1885 (now the Uniting Church) and leased the original site to shop owners.
Ban on bottled water
In July 2009, "Bundy on Tap" a community initiative in Bundanoon, declared itself opposed to the sale of bottled drinking water on environmental grounds; local businesses instead committed themselves to filling re-usable bottles with tap water on request. The issue of bottled water was to protest against companies, Norlex and Coca Cola (that owns Australian bottled water brands Neverfail and Mount Franklin) extracting water from the town's groundwater.
- Australian Bureau of Statistics (25 October 2007). "Bundanoon (Urban Centre/Locality)". 2006 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 28 June 2009.
- "Bundanoon". Geographical Names Register (GNR) of NSW. Geographical Names Board of New South Wales. Retrieved 28 June 2009.
- Bundy on Tap
- The Australian town that kicked the bottle – Australasia, World – The Independent
- Bundanoon Village Website
- Brigadoon Festival at Bundanoon
- Morton National Park at Bundanoon
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- Sunnataram Forest Monastery
- Bundanoon Community Web – Bundanoon Community Website
- Bundy on Tap