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    STONE HUT

    by balhannah Written Jun 19, 2012
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    Departing from Melrose, we head along the Main North Road to the very small pioneering town of Stone Hut. It had its beginnings in the stagecoach days, when the horses were changed at a little stone hut on the banks of the Rocky River, hence the name. During the 1870s, it became a thriving township, with blacksmiths and timber-getters from the adjacent forest at Wirrabara.

    Stone Hut today has many quaint stone cottages in the picturesque valley. The population is only 26 and the descendants of the original inhabitants own some of the cottages. Some of the buildings have been restored, like the old school house, which is now used as a private residence.

    We stopped for a break at the Old Bakery. I read the baked items are hand made from old fashioned recipes.
    It's also a chance to buy a bottle of local soft drink that is made in the factory at Gladstone.

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    BANGOR HISTORIC SITE

    by balhannah Written Jun 19, 2012
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    After travelling quite a way along Germein Gorge, we came to the Bangor Historic site.

    A township known as Bangor was meant to be established here, but it never went ahead. When the gorge road opened in 1879, allowing grain to be carted to Port Germein, the Gorge Hotel was erected as a stopping point for the carriers. This was in 1888. Close your eyes and imagine sometimes up to 100 Bullock teams camped here by the creek opposite the Hotel, what a sight that must have been!

    The hotel closed in 1911 when the extension to railway greatly reduced the traffic through the gorge. Built near the hotel were a school, post office, shop and blacksmith. All have been demolished and only the ruins are left to view and some very friendly sheep.

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    PORT PIRIE TO MELROSE BY ROAD

    by balhannah Written Jun 19, 2012
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    We were staying at Port Pirie for several nights, so decided to do a round trip one day, starting off with seeing Melrose first. Melrose is located about 68kms from Port Pirie
    To reach here, we took the scenic route taking us through Germein Gorge, it is signposted from the Princess Highway at Port Germein with a big Brown Tourist route sign.
    The Gorge is narrow and windy, lined with nice gum trees along the way, and there are outcrops of quite red/orange rocks.
    I thoroughly enjoyed the scenery. It isn't a road to drive fast along, although some locals think otherwise!

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    MOUNT REMARKABLE

    by balhannah Updated Jun 19, 2012
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    As we were driving along, we could see 960 metre high Mt. Remarkable, we knew we were getting close to Melrose as it's situated beneath this Mountain. There are many walking trails including one from Melrose which take you to Mount Remarkable Summit where there are views of Willochra Plain and Spencer Gulf.

    Autumn to spring is the best time to visit the park when the weather is mild and vegetation and wildlife thriving. Expect to see red quartzite gorges, watercourses lined with river red gums to grassy woodlands and high ridges. I love the Red river gums!

    Along the walking trails you may see the western grey kangaroos and emus, echidnas in spring or the protected yellow-footed rock-wallabies, these are rather hard to spot.

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    NOTT STREET

    by balhannah Written Jun 19, 2012
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    From the North Star Hotel, I continued walking Nott Street making my way towards the creek. Around here were some very nice old Cottages with a beautiful cottage garden, and a Pomgranate tree with fruit out the front.
    Another was a large old home, divided into three separate cottages. It was rather run-down, hopefully it may be done up sometime. I loved the gravestone in the backyard. It said "Tresspassers will composted!"

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    TRUCK ACCOMMODATION

    by balhannah Written Jun 19, 2012
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    This is really something different!

    At the back of the North Star Hotel is what is known as the "Truck Park." Located here, are two old trucks that have been made into unusual accommodation.
    You can stay in either one. Both have ensuite, Refrigerator and toaster, tea/coffee making facilities, reverse cycle air conditioning and stairs to room. Parking is adjacent to your room.

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    OLD CAR IN STUART STREET

    by balhannah Written Jun 19, 2012
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    A walk along Stuart street is a chance to see many different buildings and other things, one of them being an old Holden car in the front yard of a home. It is a FX-FJ Holden, made somewhere between 1948 - 1956. This is one of General Motor's Holden first vehicles they made in Australia.
    Since 1948, all Holden vehicles have been made in Australia.

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    PARADISE SQUARE

    by balhannah Updated Jun 19, 2012
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    This is a lovely park in Melrose with well kept gardens, lawns, and nice BBQ/Picnic area and FREE public Toilets.
    I found out by reading the information board at the square, that this area is quite historical. It is where the old Melrose cemetery was located between the years 1846-1872. Some of the old graves are still here, and others were re-intered in the new Melrose cemetery.

    It is a lovely area in Melrose to stop and enjoy the beautiful surroundings.

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    MELROSE MUSEUM

    by balhannah Updated Jun 19, 2012
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    The Museum, it looked to be a good one, but damn, the opening hours were from 2-5pm and we were here too early!
    I had read about it, and the museum sounded quite interesting, it even has some of the original stone buildings out the back, including the old Cells. The Museum tells the history of the north of South Australia, the hardships the people met in those harsh times.
    The website has good information on the museum if you download the brochure.

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    MORE OF THE BLACKSMITH'S SHOP

    by balhannah Written Jun 19, 2012
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    After having a look at the forge, we then walked further inside and found the kitchen where the huge wood stove is. Nearby was where you order your meal, morning tea etc, very tastefuly done.
    You can either eat inside or outside in the nice back yard.
    We went out the back of the shop to see the family's pug and pine dwelling, with a shoeing area on one side separating the workshop from a large stable which is incorporated into the residence.
    This is where free Toilets are located if you need them.

    Items to order can be ordered and made for you. Also, if you wish to stay here, it is a B&B, and you can stay in the Cottage [sleeps 2] or the Barn which can sleep six persons, the loft sleeps four people and downstairs two. Prices for accommodation in 2012 ranged from $120.

    This building and grounds is on the national heritage list.

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    BLUEY BLUNDSTONE'S BLACKSMITHS SHOP

    by balhannah Written Jun 19, 2012
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    If you are in Melrose, then don't miss seeing "Bluey Blundstone's Blacksmith Shop."

    Just by looking at the outside of the shop I was impressed! There was a set of large bellows advertising the Coffee Shop.
    Inside this old building, built in 1865, is a double forge which has been authentically restored with the smithy's shop now fully equipped with tools and machinery.
    It has really thick stone walls and very high ceilings, plenty of shelving and doors, all are original.
    Tools, mechanical equipment, a rare forge, 7' bellows, floor mandril etc are from the 1860's. There is a display of items made at the blacksmith shop during that period.

    OPEN......
    Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday 11am - 4pm
    Saturday, Sunday and Public Holidays 10am - 5pm.....Closed Tuesdays

    FREE ADMISSION

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    MELROSE HOTELS

    by balhannah Written Jun 19, 2012

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    There are several Hotels and all are historic.

    The North Star Hotel was the first licensed hotel in town originally being nothing more than a log cabin. It dates from 1854 and now is a nice looking double story Hotel.

    The Mount Remarkable Hotel was built and licensed in 1857 and hasn't changed much since that day.

    The Melrose Inn, also built in 1857, has been purchased by the National Trust.

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    WAR MEMORIAL LOOKOUT

    by balhannah Written Jun 19, 2012
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    A drive up quite a steep road took us to War Memorial Lookout which overlooks the town of Melrose and the Willochra plains. The Memorial Monument was constructed to commemorate the fallen from World War I. The views from here are far reaching and lovely, and if you want to go walking you can.
    From here, is a 3.5km trek to Mount Remarkable Copper Mine. Another walk is to Bald Hill Lookout and there's a walk to Mt Remarkable National Park boundary to the Melrose Mine. They all start at the Caravan Park which is located at the base by Willochra Creek, or you can go via the Memorial.

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