Seen enough of Casterton, time to move on!
We decided to head towards the city of Hamilton, but before reaching there, we would make a stop at Coleraine. We hadn't been there for a few years, and wanted to see what had changed.
The drive is only approx 29kms, and the scenery is very pleasant viewing. Up, down and around beautiful rolling hills, sometimes studded with one of Australias' nicest Gum Trees, the Red Gum. Twisted and gnarled, these are interesting viewing. Often, the sheep and cattle were lazing underneath them. We passed by acres of countryside, with not a real lot of houses or many people on the road, a pleasant drive until we reached Coleraine where we stopped.
This Art Gallery is a MUST VISIT for lovers of Australian art.
The Artist, "Almar Zaadstra" is the owner of the Art Gallery in Casterton. He is such a very nice person, who went out of his way to answer any questions I had. It certainly didn't bother him that I wouldn't be able to buy a painting, I only wish I could have, as his paintings are some of the best you will see showcasing Australia.
They looked so real, so true, painted so beautifully, what more can I say, other than if I win the lottery, I will be buying one or more of his paintings.
I have some photos, but do have a look at his website to see quite a few that he has painted over recent years.
I bought his Calendar and some postcards as a reminder of this talented Artist. There were other things for sale that were cheaper, I know one was jigsaws, they make a nice gift.
Casterton is recognised in Australia, as the ‘Birthplace Of The Kelpie."
Warrock Homestead, north of Casterton, is the birthplace of this intelligent Kelpie breed of working Australian cattle and sheep dog.
Each year on June long weekend, Casterton holds the Working Dog Auction & Kelpie Festival.
As part of Casterton’s 150th Anniversary celebrations in 1996, a statue of Kelpie was commissioned and placed outside the Casterton Town Hall in celebration of the Kelpie’s history.
The one in my photo was found in a Casterton Garden and was my favorite.
After looking at Henty street, then it was time for a look around the side streets. Houses varied in size, shape, style, even to an old Church becoming a home. Some were first settler's cottages, then others were a little newer.
Then there were typical Australian homes with what is known as the sleepout on the front of the house. This is a house with the verandah enclosed, and with shutter windows.
The 'well off" of the district, had a lovely big white wooden house for sale, this was located one end of the main street.
The main street was a beaut one to walk along. The buildings have lots of different architecture. Quite a few were built in the art deco style, then others had fancy pieces, like columns and arches. Some were still as they were built, waiting for some-one to come along and restore them.
Nearly all of them were old, as Henty street dated back till 1846.
Mickle Lookout is located on the hill that you see from the main street. What was interesting, was looking at the side of the hill from the main street, I could see a huge ‘Fleur De Lys’ emblem carved into the hill by Boy Scouts in 1935. Using semaphore as a guide, the symbol is a stylised version of the official Scout Badge, the Fleur de Lys. The emblem is 91.5m (300ft) in circumference.
Evidently at night it is lit.
High above the town centre, Casterton’s Mickle Lookout offers magnificent views, a MUST VISIT!
Driving to the top of the hill, we parked our car, then went and had a look at the excellent view over the town of Casterton. What a view!
As we drove back we had more excellent views, only this time over the countryside, just as nice.
Casterton was a town that catered well for travellers, by providing plenty of reserves for that much needed 2hour driving break, and for leisure opportunities and special events. There were plenty of nice parks, some with trails and all with facilities.
The picturesque Ess Lagoon is a fishing area and is regularly stocked with trout. Railway Reserve looked great. Here there was a railway-themed playground a rotunda and heaps of lawn. Apex Park, next to the Visitor Information Centre, had bbq's, while Bryan Park and Lion's Memorial park have playgrounds for the children.
At Island Park Recreation Reserve is the Caravan Park, BBQ's, playground, Olympic swimming pool, bowling club, croquet lawn, tennis courts and sports ovals and a skate park opposite Island Park.
Plenty of lovely choices!
The heritage Albion Hotel/Motel has beautiful architecture and was built in 1865. It first opened in a single-storey building in 1865 but this structure was replaced by a double-storey hotel in 1906-07, for me it was one of the nicest buildings in Casterton.
Also in the main street, was the Casterton Hotel, this one built in a different style of architecture altogether.
Both Hotels are in Hentry street and offer accommodation
The Kelpie Walking Trail takes you to 5 unique sculptures of the Kelpie, each with interpretive signage.
There are 3 different routes you can take.
Route 1 will take you via the main shopping district with its heritage-themed streetscape.
Route 2 is slightly longer and takes in some wonderful River Red-Gums and riverbank.
Route 3 comprises the River Walking Trail, along the beautiful banks of the Glenelg River.