Harden is a small but bustling rail town west of Yass. The split nature of the town makes for interest. The Church in Murrumburrah is a great building but not in formal use.

Hume and Hovell passed nearby in 1824. In the late 1820s, the 'Murrumburrah' was established. Its superintendent, James Kennedy, established an inn on the townsite in the late 1840s. Gold was found in the area in the 1850s.

A railway station was opened one km east of Murrumburrah on the Main Southern line in 1877 as Murrumburrah Station, but changed its name to Harden Station a year after the opening of a new station in Murrumburrah in 1879.

The first Australian Lighthorse was also founded in Harden-Murrumburrah, with the Light horse festival occurring annually. Jack Wilfred Granger was the youngest mayor of Harden, and died in June 2008.

The Catholic Cathedral is a really great design. Check out the treatment of the light shaft.

All main denominations are active. The United Church is quite something.

The Harden War Memorial is a simple and appropriate acknowledgement.

The Museum is located at Murrumburrah.

There are still a number of hotels, all NSW classic in operation.

Harden is a nice spot and well worth a good look over or an overnight stay.

Heritage diary





Fireplace Dump Station
General Store Bottled Gas
Internet Caravan
Camping 4WD
Kitchen Facilities Disabled access
Laundry Toilets
Campervans Accommodation
Meals   Airport
Pets Allowed   Boat Ramp
Telephone Picnic Area
Roadside Rest Area Electricity
Scenic Swimming
Tap water   Thermal Area
Stream Water   Walking tracks
Rotary Club Lions Club
Gymnasium   Gardens
Winery   Whitewater Rafting
Surfing   Skydiving
Skiing   Scenic Flights
Postal Service Police
Movie Location   Mountain Biking
Kayaking   Jet Boating
Information Hospital
Hang Gliding Golf Course