Wingello Travel Guide

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Wingello Things to Do

  • In Memory of Donald Daniel McDonell

    Died 8th November 1912. Aged 76 years.Apparently he had an apple orchard in Wingello and used to come out here to pan for gold in the gullies. He said he wanted to be buried as far from apples and women as possible, so some mates obliged him. No birth date on his headstone, and no birth or immigration records that anyone can find. Perhaps it was an...

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  • Take a hike!

    Time was short, the weather was pleasant and we decided to explore. The path was one that Jen had followed many times in the past, accompanying children on ponies. Our mission was to visit a grave... an isolated grave... the grave of a man who wanted to be buried far from wimmin. The only things was... could we find it? Jen was pretty sure we could...

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  • Cappucino at its surreal best

    As I stepped from the train, I was greeted with the exciting news, that it was now possible to have a cappucino in Wingello. Well it just had to be tried, didn't it? And it was excellent. The whole coffee experience was amply completed by a visit to the post-office itself and the realisation that, just as it used to be in rural Scotland, the whole...

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  • If only they could talk...

    Here we have another throwback to rural Scotland - the north at least - the place where cars come to die. But in Scotland they have no class, no pedigree - they are just rusting ex-cortinas or ex-datsuns. Saw quite a few of them in the States too for that matter. This is a particularly fine example of a car-cass I'm sure you'll agree. What it lacks...

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  • Fairground attraction

    No visit to Wingello is complete without a little peek in the backyard of the fairground man. This is where the carousel horses come to hibernate between seasons. The rest of the yard is the sort of place I'd have loved to hang around when I was a kid: rusty cars, machines that look like they do mysterious and dangerous things... fantastic place

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  • Tour of our back paddock

    Estimated time - 40 minutes.Very few visitors get away without doing the tour of the back paddock. Maybe the wallaby and her joey will turn up, maybe not. I can guarantee wombat holes, a scribble bark tree with strange scrawly writing on it, and the dam. The highlight of the tour is of course our dead car. Then you will be taken into the house and...

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  • And home again

    Gillian said she had her bush epiphany - the immensity of the place - its ancient character - while Laney and I were walking together up ahead chatting and catching up. That is what I was hoping. That she would get a sense of Australia - taste it just a litle bit. Let it sing to her.Then Laney invited us back to her place for a coffee and we sat on...

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  • Two tour guides for the price of one

    Laney was home and she put on her boots and hat and guided us to the site. The inscription was hard to make out - covered with muck and bird ***e - and she cleaned it off for us.We hadn't seen any kangas but we had spotted a blue tongue lizard and an eastern rosella and heard tons of kookaburras chortling away. Gillian reckoned they sounded like...

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  • I think we might be lost

    The Lukes have been doing some clearing and the track I knew has gone. So while we catch our breath and I decide what to do next let's look at this opportunistic plant which springs up after clearing. It is called Salvation Jane and Paterson's Curse. It can keep sheep alive when times are tough but it poisons cattle and horses.Now I've decided to...

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  • Dead Car Proviso

    Residents of Wingello are required to display at least one dead car on their property. Ours is down our back paddock but these folks provide passers-by with a photo opportunity. GillianMclaughlin and I paused to drink in the full beauty of this old veteran. She was only my second customer for this tour. I had taken Bernishand and camcorderman on my...

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  • Towards the track

    We begin with a gentle stroll through the village while I fill you in on the local identities. It will be a slightly bowdlerised version of who and what and where and why of course. I know where many of the bodies are buried - why, aren't I taking you up to see where one is buried? - but you know - keep it nice.No need to strain anything being nice...

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  • Take the Tour Out To The Old Grave

    This is one of the few things you can do in Wingello. Other than lolling about, watching the trains go by, waiting for rain etc etc.The tour guide really is remarkably well informed and personable - she's me. So get in touch with me and I'll take you out there. Please bring - insect repellent - those lazy flies sit on your back, cling to your eyes...

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  • Bernishand's Memorial

    As I said I took Bernishand and camcorderman on my very first tour. Berni was very taken with this fallen branch which had lodged in another tree. She said it was like a sculpture and took a pic of it. And there it still was. Gave me a funny feeling. Especially as this acre or so of bush is the designated Wingello cemetery - on the map. It is not...

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  • THE WORST THING TO DO IN WINGELLO

    Is to have to say goodbye........we hope we were good guests, we didnt put our feet on the table, throw towels on the bathroom floor, or make rude embarassing noiseswe hope we are allowed to come and visit again next time...we promise to try and bring more rain with us

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  • WOMBAT HOLES

    when visiting Wingello it is absolutely vital that you check out the wombat holesthere seems to be a defined procedure for this, you must try to get your head as far down the hole as possible, and shout loudly, hopefully this will rouse the sleepy wombat enough to come out and say hello, a word of caution, always keep a bottle to hand to fight off...

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Wingello Restaurants

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    by craic Updated Sep 17, 2008

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    As our local shop is the only chance we have to spend money in Wingello it has always meant a lot to us.
    Proprietors come and go - we have been lucky and they always have been great - but each proprietor brings a new ambience.

    And I am loving this new proprietor. He has put in a cafe, and makes excellent coffee. So as I yearn for my roman sojourn last year, I can do so watching the hustle and bustle of Wingello, meeting and greeting or just doing the crossword.
    So civilised!
    I used to go to my local cafe in Trastevere nearly every day and now I have a local cafe in Wingello. I am back in the swim. Part of the unrepentent cafe society.
    Weekends are starting to hot up. People out for a drive looking for something to do and a place to spend money. Sometimes you can't get a table at the weekend.
    He is about to put the petrol pumps back on. Bundanoon service station is closed at the weekends so people have to go all the way out to the Hume Highway for petrol. Now they may pootle on up to Wingello and stop for a coffee.
    AND there is a rumour he has applied for a liquor license.
    There is no pub in Wingello and there never has been.
    It will be a takeaway license only, but perhaps one could surreptiteously "correct" one's coffee.

    Apart from coffee and petrol and perhaps liquor Yay! - the shop sells groceries, newspapers, smokes, rents dvds, and is our post office where you pick up your mail or pay a phone bill.
    They eftpos too - which is very convenient because we have no ATM in Wingello.

    In fact I can't think of anything else we really need. They are working towards supplying our every want.

    Favorite Dish: UPDATE - I am told the shop is - one again - for sale. So there will be a new ambience soon.

    About 4pm on a weekday - not very busy.

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Wingello Local Customs

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    by craic Updated Jun 22, 2007

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    Our favourite time of the year, when you reduce the dead wood. And the leaf litter.
    Once upon a time the burning season was announced in the local paper or in a notice in the shop window then you just into it.
    But these days you have to get a permit from the local fire brigade - and you are meant to tell all your neighbours.
    Some neighbours are cool. So you don't bother telling them. Some neighbours are deaf and hermetic and never answer the door - but dob you. So you have to do the right thing.
    So it is not quite the spontaneous (combustion?) thing it used to be.
    Great day for burning, grab some forks and rakes and the kids and some potatos to roast in the embers - and away we go.
    So from (roughly) June - August (depending) don't be alarmed if you see fires around the place and meditative people with forks and rakes etc.
    Well - don't be too alarmed. depending.
    But alert but not alarmed as our Great leader opines.

    Handy website for all fire info below. When to be alarmed. When to burn.

    Don't try this at home!

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Wingello What to Pack

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    by BerniShand Written Jan 3, 2005

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    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: sometimes it rains in Wingello [ not as often as people would like though ] but we were ready for the weather ! even though it had tried to fool us by being hot and sunny when we arrived

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Wingello Off The Beaten Path

  • NATURAL SCULPTURE

    A tree had fallen in the bush......... serendipity was working that day, it didnt fall to the ground to rot away, but onto another treeit could be anything....... a tents ridge pole ....... a goal mouth for a game of soccer ....... anythingin a sculpture park near where l used to live was an arrangement of logs which looked very similar, it...

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  • IN THE BEATEN PATH

    Can you see the mounds of earth in the picture ?they are made by the ants when it rains, perhaps they are dams to stop the rain going into the ants holesit rained and rained and rainedbut everyone was happy about the rain, we couldnt complainin face l was glad in a way that it did rain, it made everywhere green and lovely

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    by BerniShand Written May 21, 2005

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    Favorite thing: Someone asked me recently `why the wombat hole picture ?`
    perhaps they were puzzled as to why two mature ladies were sticking their heads down wombat holes while waving bottles

    when our trip to Australia was still being planned Jen invited us to visit Wingello, and we were delighted to accept
    one day in the miscellaneous forum we were talking about our planned visit and Jen commented that she would get me roaring drunk with my head down a wombat hole

    our great mate Dumpymotel, who no longer logs on here [but we are sure still visits to see us] was amused greatly by this remark so we took the pictures for him

    we never did get to see the wombat, we think it packed its little suitcase and left for a short holiday when it saw us walking down the garden waving our bottles

    come out and play Mr Wombat...

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