Mintaro Travel Guide

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    by balhannah
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    Mintaro
    by balhannah
  • Mintaro
    Mintaro
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Mintaro Things to Do

  • BIRD'S AT MARTINDALE HALL

    For Bird-lovers, Martindale Hall had quite a few wild Parrots that had called the Gum trees home. There were dozens of the salmon pink/rose red breasted, grey winged Galahs settling in the Trees.Then, in the paddock feeding amongst the Sheep, were the beautiful Crimson Rosellas.

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  • PICNIC AT HANGING ROCK

    Part of the 1975 Australian film "PICNIC AT HANGING ROCK" was filmed here. When we went for our look inside Martindale Hall, we saw the "White Room" which was used as Meranda's room in "Picnic at Hanging Rock." I have seen the film and it was easy to imagine the girls in their long white frocks heading into the hall and climbing up the beautiful...

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  • REILLY'S COTTAGE

    This sweet Cottage was one of a few businesses open on a week-day in Mintaro. In fact, in April it was pretty quiet, we had the town nearly all to ourselves.Reilly's Cottage is now a Cellar Door/Restaurant. Hugh Reilly, a shoemaker from Ireland arrived in the tiny township of Mintaro, in the Clare Valley in 1856. He then made himself busy over the...

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  • MARTINDALE HALL - THE INTERIOR

    We are now able to visit the inside of Martindale Hall. William Mortlock purchased the property from the Bowmans in the "great depression" as a wedding gift for his wife . It was a bargain at £33,000! It was in this family until the last "Mortlock" died and left no heirs. When the "will" was read, it stated the property be left to the University of...

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  • MARTINDALE HALL

    I think Martindale Hall is an unusual sight in Australia, especially here! To me, it looks like it should be in Europe.Martindale Station, was the home of the Bowman family in 1841. The property was a huge Sheep Station that ran top quality Merino sheep over 11,000 acres. They were very successful and bought other holdings in the area.Mr. Bowman...

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  • INSTITUTE & FORMER COUNCIL CHAMBERS

    A couple of nice buildings that are joined together, are the Institute [1868] and the Council Chambers [1877]. In 1932, the Council amalgamated with the Clare District Council resulting in the two buildings being joined together in 1942.The buildings have now been renovated and used for social and cultural activities.

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  • FORMER CARPENTER'S SHOP

    On my walk I came across three attached buildings. This is where the Carpenter lived and worked. His house and shop were built in the late 1850's and used until the 1870's, when it was taken over and used as a Post Offie and Store. The Mintaro Telegraph, which opened in 1873 operated from the store. The store is still in one piece, but the...

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  • TEAPOT INN & MEWS

    The Teapot Inn, shops and residence were originally part of an early shopping complex which included a general store, butcher and shoemaker. It dated to the late 1850s, the Mintaro Mews located next door, opened in 1982. This building was covered by a Glory Vine, which in Autumn had leaves many brilliant colours of red. It looked so inviting!The...

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  • THE MAGPIE & STUMP HOTEL

    The Magpie & Stump Hotel has been a wild pub in its time. Licensed in 1851, the Pub catered for Bullock and Mule drivers who passed through the town. Nowdays, it is restored like a typical English Pub.The former Bakers shop is part of the Pub Dining room and features the original wood-fired oven. You can buy a pizza cooked in the towns original...

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  • DEVONSHIRE HOUSE

    The historic Devonshire house, started out as the Devonshire Hotel in 1856. It was the second pub in town to entertain the bullockies and was so large, it had a shooting gallery and a skittles alley.The Hotel didn't rely on Bar trade, but accommodation for tired travellers. The large concert hall was where Pastoralists, Farmers and Mining men met...

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  • HISTORIC BUILDINGS WALK

    Mintaro has a heritage walk, so pick up a brochure of the walk, or download one from the listed website.Walking Mintaro is easy. The Village is small, so lots of the buildings are located close together, and it is mainly flat walking. I found a lot of the old heritage buildings are now B&B's. The other old buildings have been made into Arts &...

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  • HOUSE & PAYMASTER'S OFFICE

    We are now in Hill street where I find some lovely old homes and a cute small Pay Office Cottage.These two buildings are of slate construction, and were originally owned by the Manager of Mintaro Slate. The property was purchased in 1855 for 30 pounds. The simple square building next door was used as the pay office while he operated the quarry. It...

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Mintaro Local Customs

  • MINTARO SLATE

    Slate has been quarried in Mintaro since the mid 1860s. It is one of the best slates in the World, and on my walks I found quite a bit of slate in Mintaro. Some houses were built of slate, I found fences and probably if I was able to go inside a house, I would find a lot more slate used.Mintaro Slate is quarried for domestic and commercial use,...

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  • SIGNPOSTING

    As nearly all the old historic buildings in Mintaro are heritage listed, I liked the way each had plaque stating what the building originally was or is, and what year it was built. So handy, especially for photos, and helpful if you haven't had a chance to pick up the heritage walk brochure.

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