The Grampians a majestic island of mountains and forests of flat farmland in Western Victoria. The national parks are home to a huge amount of native plants and animals and a rich continuing Aboriginal history. Most Aboriginal Places in Victoria are located here in the Grampians, known as Gariwerd the Aboriginal Clans linked to this site. Their life characters including the ancient mound and 60 rock art sites with more than 4,000 different motives are scattered throughout the region.
Gulgurn Manja is translated as "hands of young people 'and this shelter in the Northern Grampians is covered with tiny handprints of red ocher. You can also stroll through the cultural center of the Grampians or a tour from Halls Gap follow for a better understanding of the five Aboriginal communities in Victoria.
Right in the centre of Scone you will find this interesting building in art-nouveau-style and it is a former cinema that is obviously closed forever now, but at least you are still able to see some of its former beauty in some of the details in the facade. The inscription in my last picture says: Scones superb civic Theatre / The Upper Hunter's only art deco movie palace / 4 track stereo sound/ with a giant 31ft Cinemascopr-screen !
But when you look through the windows, you will see that obviously this place closed down some time ago (my 4th picture)
This was one of the most funny toilets that I found in Australia ! From the beginning it was clear what purpose this house with the 2 doors was built for, but the inscriptions were quite unusual and so I took some photos. For all those of you who are not so familiar with these expressions: a colt is a young male horse and a filly is a young female horse.
I did not know that yet when I was there, so I thought of a Colt like the cowboys have it !
In my last 2 pictures: The Lost Sock Laundrette, that is open daily, even on holidays !
This is Elizabeth Park, next to the tourist-information-centre and there you will also find this great monument called "Scone Mare and Foal". There are some benches and even more important in a hot country like Australia: they also have lots of shady trees to relax a bit under them.
And next to the tourist-info you will also find that toilet from my introduction-picture - see it my next tip !
The HARS (Historic Aviation Restoration Society)-collection of airplanes is a great museum in the south of Wollongong and most of these airplanes are even still able to fly or are under repair or restoration in order to be able to fly some day soon.
Unfortunately you can visit this collection only as a guided tour, BUT they do it even for a single person like me and even, when you get there just about 30 min before they are closing. In similar situations other museums would have told me to come back tomorrow.
You will be able to enter some of the airplanes as well !
An ordinary tour will take about 1 hour or even more and there is no extra charge for it, you just pay the entrancefee !
The museum is open:
Monday – Sunday: 09:30 am – 3:30 pm
In 1858 the very first postoffice of Nelligan was built in the shop of a local merchant, before this pretty building in my became the Postoffice between 1900 and 1982.
Then it was transferred into a modern Guesthouse - see my extra pictures as well, it looks like a really great place to stay for some days ! there is a small terrace in front of some rooms and a great garden and fence around the house.
You will find more pics about this B&B in my travelogue !
The old courthouse of Nelligan was built in 1893 and in 1940 it was transferred into the anglican Church of the village.
From this church you also have a great view down on the river and a tiny belfry is standing in front of the church, where you will also find some benches under a covered terrace.
The former catholic church of Nelligan is for sale now and it is the most impressive church of Nelligan with a giant tree in front of it and also a bit of garden around the church. In case you are interested to buy it, take a look at the last picture in my travelogues about that church in order to contact the seller.
The Mechanics Institute was established in 1903. The building was made of a hardwood frame and a tallow wood floor sitting on gum piers set into the ground. This building was also used as school of arts at the same time and for social gatherings.
There was a flea-market there, when I was in Nelligan and I bough a great straw-hat for just 1 AUS. and they also have lots of old photographs of that village and everyday life of the early settlers - see my last 2 pictures !
Inside the old Mill you will find a great museum, that is d^featuring mainly the life and death of Captain Thunderbolt plus other people and early settlers in this part of Australia that was founded in 1855.
The Mill Museum is open for visitors:
Daily 12 noon – 5.00pm
Weekends & Holidays 10.00am – 5.00pm or by appointment.
Adults pay $6.00
In the times of the big gold-rush in New South Wales there had been many robbers and bushrangers, who tried to make their living by robbery and Thunderbolt was one of them.
His full name was Frederick Wordsworth Ward. He was born 1835 as the son of a former convict, and he called himself Captain Thunderbolt. He was also well known as "gentleman bushranger"
Read more about his life, by clicking on the link below !
The landscape in this part of New South Wales reminded me in fact a lot of Scotland and other parts of Great Britain. The Balancing Rock is a wellknown sight there, and you will pass by it on the main-road from Glen Innes to Armidale. You will find signposts along the road and a good parking-space as well next to the road. It is a pity that it was heavily raining that day, otherwise I would have tried to walk closer to these rocks.
I am sorry for the bad quality of my pics, the distance from the road to the rocks was several hundreds of meters and my camera has just a 60mm tele.
This is the large innercourt of the Nan Tien Temple: you will be able to walk around of this innercourt and with a few meters exception you will be able to walk under some long arcades in order to get to the temple at the opposite side of the innercourt. In sunny weather you can also walk straight across the court in order to save some time, but then you might miss some of the great details in architecture.
This is the main temple of Nan Tien. In the lower floors you will find some restaurants, a tea-house and the restrooms, but for the temple You can take the steps or an elevator in order to get to the large innercourt of the temple in the upper floor of this giant building.
On the total you might need about 1 hour to see and enjoy all of the sights of this temple !
You will find a lovely garden with a pond and lots of sculptures next to the large temples. Take your time for a short walk around that pond, obviously these sculptures are showing scenes of the life of Buddha, as I saw quite similar sculptures in Asia as well.
You will also see some koi-karps in the pond.
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