If you walk along the main street far enough to Brandis Street, you will see the huge Rosella Pickles sign on the side of a building, this is the National Trust Museum. The building, built in 1875, was the first two storey building in the town. It was once a Bakery and has a unique underground baker's oven, and at another time, it was a Butcher's shop.
On the ground floor is a reconstructed general grocery store, music room, women's crafts display and Victorian kitchen. Upstairs is a gallery of old photographs and photographic equipment and a Victorian bedroom. Outside is a laundry room and ironmongery and displays of machinery and farming equipment.
There are some unique items, such as a cradle handmade from a packing case with an ‘extension’ for when the baby grew, or the cash register from the 1st roadhouse in the area.
There is even a message in a bottle found in one of the fireplaces, which was left by the original butcher’s daughter.
Mention something "big" in Australia, and people flock to see it!
Well, here in Crystal Brook is something different, it is the "BIG GOANNA," built to hopefully bring tourists to town. I'ts a Big Tree Goanna, 'Varanus varius,' situated in an aggressive pose. This Goanna lives in this area and is under threat.
This is an interesting walk to do. I came across numerous rocks with plaques and a silhouette made out of a piece of flat steel attached to the rock.
The plaque told me about the explorer, and the silhouette showed an art form of the event.
Probably when you look at the photo's you will understand!
I liked the true story of Harry, the cantankerous Camel who accidently shot his master, Explorer John Horrocks. Horrock's died 15 days later - see 2nd photo.
There are quite a few I saw and read, I know I didn't find them all as I hadn't been to the information centre to pick up the free trail brochure.
In the midde is a big notice board with a map and information on the trail