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Bullaburra Railway Station Group

Item details

Name of item: Bullaburra Railway Station Group
Type of item: Built
Group/Collection: Transport - Rail
Category: Railway Platform/ Station
Primary address: Great Western Highway, Bullaburra, NSW 2784
Parish: Jamieson
County: Cook
Local govt. area: Blue Mountains


North: RailCorp property boundary to Railway Parade; South: RailCorp property boundary facing to Great Western Highway; West: 5 metres from end of the platform; East: 5 metres from end of the platform.
All addresses
Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
Great Western HighwayBullaburraBlue Mountains JamiesonCookPrimary Address
Railway ParadeBullaburraUnknown  Alternate Address


Organisation NameOwner CategoryDate Ownership Updated
RailCorpState Government 
RailCorpState Government 
RailCorpState Government 

Statement of significance:

Bullaburra railway station is of local historical significance as it demonstrates the direct relationship between the adjacent township development. Bullaburra was the last town to be developed in the Blue Mountains and the station was built and funded by private developers in association with land subdivision in the area. The station group includes structures dating from the opening of the station in 1924, and are unusual as they do not follow the standard railway designs used in NSW throughout the period. Although the station structures have limited aesthetic or architectural value, the overall landscaped setting of the station contributes to the character of the townscape.
Date significance updated: 15 Oct 09
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Designer/Maker: NSW Government Railways
Builder/Maker: NSW Government Railways
Construction years: 1924-1957
Physical description: BUILDINGS
Station Building - type 18 (1957)
Waiting Shed - type 18 (1924)

Island Platform (1924, modified 2014)
Modern Shelter (c1990s)
Footbridge (1924, multiple upgrades)

External: Constructed of simple face brick, the station building is a type 18 single storey post-war period, extended rafter design building constructed in a sympathetic style to the original 1924 waiting shed. This rectangular main building is located at the centre of the platform and features a gabled tiled roof with timber bargeboard and narrow eaves with metal gutters and down pipes. Two doors with bullnose brick reveals are located on the north side of the platform and a third door with similar bullnose reveals and metal security grilles is located on the western elevation. A series of small windows are located on the north and south sides of the Station Building which have been boarded up with painted timber panels. No openings are present on the east elevation.

Internal: The station building has not been modified from its original form with room layouts in keeping with that of its construction in 1957. Internal features include timber panel and fibrocement ceilings with no cornices.

External: A small rectangular shaped plain face brick shed type 18 Inter-war building. It is the first building to be built at this station and is located on the east side of the 1957 station building. The shed features a gabled corrugated iron roof with timber bargeboard and narrow eaves with metal gutters and brick plinth. Two openings are present providing a walk through, one opening on the north side and the other on the south. Four vents have been inserted into the brick foundation, two on either side of the openings. No windows or other openings exist on the other elevations.

Internal: The waiting shed has painted brick walls, corrugated iron ceiling with modern florescent lighting and tiled flooring. Simple metal benches along the longest walls are present.

ISLAND PLATFORM (1924, modified 2014)
Bullaburra railway station has an island platform which curves slightly at the western end towards the north. The pre-cast concrete drop panelled platform has a concrete deck and asphalt finish. A few gardens beds are located along the platform featuring mature trees and a few low lying shrubs. The platform also features modern light fittings, timber bench seating, modern signage and aluminium palisade fencing located at both ends of the platform. In 2014, the platform was partially reconstructed to improve identified structural and compliance issues; with the Country end partially replaced with modern precast concrete U-shaped panels.

The modern shelter consists of a gabled corrugated roof with simple guttering. Steel mesh overlays the steel basic structure on the west and south elevations. The north and east sides of the structure are open. This shelter houses a ticket machine and general railway station billboard information.

A steel beam footbridge supported on steel trestles at Bullaburra station is located east of the modern shelter. This partially modified footbridge consists of concrete stairs and metal handrail which provides pedestrian access between the island platform, Railway Parade and the Great Western Highway.

The setting of the station within the rock escarpment is the typical natural setting of the Blue Mountains stations. There are several garden beds with medium sized tree plantings along the length of the platform.
Physical condition and/or
Archaeological potential:
Station building: Good
Waiting Shed: Good
Island platform: Good
Modern Shelter: Good
Footbridge: Good
Modifications and dates: Nil to original building. Modern platform shelter added, modern platform fence.
2014: Country end of platform partially replaced with modern precast concrete U-shaped panels.
2014: Footbridge stairs replaced
Current use: Railway Station
Former use: Nil


Historical notes: The single track main line through Bullaburra was opened in 1867 and the line from Glenbrook to Katoomba duplicated in 1902. However, Bullaburra was the last town to be developed on the Blue Mountains rail line, and the railway station did not open at this location until 1925, when the station was built to service the land subdivision occurring at that time.

The land for Bullaburra was subdivided and developed by Sydney property developer, Arthur Rickard & Co. At Rickard’s cost, the NSWGR erected a brick shelter shed which applied extended rafters to form platform awnings. This was inconsistent with the use of standard metal awning brackets used elsewhere on the NSW rail system. The Department of Railways did not take ownership until 1946.

In 1947, the Department of Railways proposed to erect a brick booking office but this was not constructed until 1957, at which time toilets were also added.

The pedestrian bridge that provides access to the platforms at Bullaburra was built at the time of the railway station construction, using twin beam construction typical of NSWGR practice. Since 1990, every component of the bridge, except the steel structure, has been replaced.

A modern two-sided covered platform shelter has been added.

Historic themes

Australian theme (abbrev)New South Wales themeLocal theme
3. Economy-Developing local, regional and national economies Transport-Activities associated with the moving of people and goods from one place to another, and systems for the provision of such movements Building the railway network-
4. Settlement-Building settlements, towns and cities Towns, suburbs and villages-Activities associated with creating, planning and managing urban functions, landscapes and lifestyles in towns, suburbs and villages Impacts of railways on urban form-

Assessment of significance

SHR Criteria a)
[Historical significance]
Bullaburra Railway Station is of historical significance demonstrating a direct relationship between the township development and the provision of railway services. Bullaburra was the last town to be developed in the Blue Mountains and the station was built in association with the land subdivision in the area.
SHR Criteria b)
[Associative significance]
Bullaburra Railway Station has associations with the Sydney property developer; Arthur Rickard & Co., as the first shelter was constructed at Rickard’s cost. However, this association is not considered strong or significant.
SHR Criteria c)
[Aesthetic significance]
The Bullaburra Station buildings and structures are simple structures with limited aesthetic or architectural value. The overall landscaped setting of the Station, however, contributes to the character of the townscape.
SHR Criteria d)
[Social significance]
The place has the potential to contribute to the local community's sense of place and can provide a connection to the local community's history.
SHR Criteria f)
The station group includes structures dating from the opening of the station in 1924, and are unusual as they do not follow the standard railway designs used in NSW throughout the period.
SHR Criteria g)
The footbridge was identified as an item of little heritage significance in the 2016 ‘Railway Footbridges Heritage Conservation Strategy’. However, the strategy recommended detailed physical analysis prior to any change to confirm the significance of the structure.
Integrity/Intactness: Station buildings are intact. The overall integrity of the station group, however, has been reduced by the dominant presentation of the 1990s shelter.
Assessment criteria: Items are assessed against the PDF State Heritage Register (SHR) Criteria to determine the level of significance. Refer to the Listings below for the level of statutory protection.

Recommended management:

1. Conservation principles: Conserve cultural heritage significance and minimise impacts on heritage values and fabric in accordance with the ‘Australia ICOMOS Charter for Places of Cultural Significance’. 2. Specialist advice: Seek advice from a qualified heritage specialist during all phases of a proposed project from feasibility, concept and option planning stage; detailed design; heritage approval and assessment; through to construction and finalisation. 3. Documentation: Prepare a Statement of Heritage Impact (SOHI) to assess, minimise and prevent heritage impacts as part of the assessment and approval phase of a project. Prepare a Conservation Management Plan (CMP) prior to proposing major works (such as new additions, change of use or proposed demolition) at all places of State significance and all complex sites of Local significance. 4. Maintenance and repair: Undertake annual inspections and proactive routine maintenance works to conserve heritage fabric in accordance with the ‘Minimum Standards of Maintenance & Repair’. 5. Movable heritage: Retain in situ and care for historic contents, fixtures, fittings, equipment and objects which contribute to cultural heritage significance. Return or reinstate missing features or relocated items where opportunities arise. 6. Aboriginal, archaeology and natural heritage: Consider all aspects of potential heritage significance as part of assessing and minimising potential impacts, including Aboriginal, archaeology and natural heritage. 7. Unidentified heritage items: Heritage inventory sheets do not describe or capture all contributory heritage items within an identified curtilage (such as minor buildings, structures, archaeology, landscape elements, movable heritage and significant interiors and finishes). Ensure heritage advice is sought on all proposed changes within a curtilage to conserve heritage significance. 8. Recording and register update: Record changes at heritage places through adequate project records and archival photography. Notify all changes to the Section 170 Heritage & Conservation Register administrator upon project completion.


Heritage ListingListing TitleListing NumberGazette DateGazette NumberGazette Page
Heritage Act - s.170 NSW State agency heritage registerRailcorp S170 Register    

Study details

TitleYearNumberAuthorInspected byGuidelines used
State Rail Authority Heritage Register Study1999SRA606 (footbridge)State Rail Authority  No
S170 Heritage & Conservation Register Update2009 City Plan Heritage  Yes
Heritage Platforms Conservation Management Strategy2015 Australian Museum Consulting  Yes
Railway Footbridges Heritage Conservation Strategy 2016 NSW Government Architect’s Office Heritage Group  Yes

References, internet links & images

TypeAuthorYearTitleInternet Links
WrittenARHS2009Historical information prepared for S170 update project
WrittenNSWR1902 Signal diagrams Circular number not known, Katoomba
WrittenSharp, S.A.1982The Railway Stations of NSW 1855-1980

Note: internet links may be to web pages, documents or images.

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Database number: 4800202

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