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  • Jacka's Brewery

    Jacka's brewery is a magnificent building tucked up behind the North Star hotel. originally a flour mill constructed in 1878, it was sold in 1893 and was converted to accommodate a brewing enterprise. It became a widely acclaimed business with up to 40 employees and 4 delivery teams in the 1900's. It closed in 1934 due to the economic depression....

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  • STONE HUT

    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...

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  • BANGOR HISTORIC SITE

    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...

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  • PORT PIRIE TO MELROSE BY ROAD

    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 PirieTo 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...

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  • MOUNT REMARKABLE

    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...

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  • NOTT STREET

    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...

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  • TRUCK ACCOMMODATION

    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...

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  • OLD CAR IN STUART STREET

    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

    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...

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  • MELROSE MUSEUM

    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...

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  • MORE OF THE BLACKSMITH'S SHOP

    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...

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  • BLUEY BLUNDSTONE'S BLACKSMITHS SHOP

    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...

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