Towns & Villages

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WINGELLO

Wingello is a village at the southern gateway to the Southern Highlands which is equidistant to both Sydney and Canberra with easy access to the Hume Freeway.
Wingello offers tranquillity and the idyllic rural life-style with a local public school, general store with post office & cafe, train station, community hall, rural fire service, a local park, cricket oval and state forest home to the annual Wingello forest endurance horse ride.
During the 1920’s there was great rivalry between the Southern Highlands cricket teams. The Wingello cricket oval is named after one of the most tremendous cricket bowlers the Highlands has ever seen, Bill O’Reilly who eventually became an integral part of the Australian Test side. Bill O’Reilly moved to Wingello in 1917 with his father and transferred to Wingello Public School. He resided in the area until 1948.
In 1985 Bill was guest of honour at the Wingello Public School Centenary and on the same day the Wingecarribee Shire Council officially named the local oval the “Bill O’Reilly Oval”.