Take a walk around the village and just look around you. You will see trees of all varieties; streetscapes; well kept gardens, churches, hospital, shops and typical style houses all of which i have included here.
The first settlers rolled in around the 1860s but by the turn of the century there were still less than a thousand in the area.
Without the instant stimulus of a gold rush it eased onto the map rather than exploded. This gave it firm roots, something more substantial than a fly-by-night folly.
It achieved fame in the late 20th century because a well known entrepreneur had a cattle stud in the district but other than that it continues its quiet way without attracting too much attention.
There's a couple of significant bridges here, both road and rail (pic 1). I couldn't help but wonder if a train ever went by while a race was in progress at the local track, also shown in the picture.
The dates on the other buildings indicate that the main growth period was around the turn of the century 19th/20th as many have their dates around that time (pic 2 & 3) though the nicest bit of architecture I came across (pic 4) was in a back street.
If liquid refreshment is what you're after, then you'll be well served with a couple of classic Aussie pubs resplendent with wrought iron verandahs.
Watch out for giant Koalas!
Sulphar crested cockatoos...they eat wood, and have been known to eat the entire wooden roof of houses
Watch out for killer kangaroos!! :))))
Unique Suggestions: Wear protective clothing at all times and never turn your back on a killer kangaroo :))
Fun Alternatives: Climb the nearest tree - kangaroos dont climb trees :))
Just 15 minutes drive north west of manilla is Laura's lavender farm. A private home, Laura has opened her garden to visitors. The lavender is lovely and she also sells lavender products: oils, seeds, sachets etc. Laura will make you the most delicious refreshments of tea, coffee, and lavender laced yummies: lavender scones, fruit cake, slices etc, all dished up on lavender coloured tablecloths, serviettes and the like.
A visit here is a wonderful time to while away the spring and autumn mornings.