AUS: The Yass & District museum
This is the Yass & District museum, in Yass/NSW, a small town north of Canberra. Unfortunately it was closed while I was there, but I was able to take a look through the windows and this is what I saw: remains of the past and of the early days of settlement in Australia. Take a look at my last Picture, where you will read that electricity did not come to Yass before 1927 !
They also have quite unique opening times, as you can read here:
The Yass & District museum is open
Saturdays & Sundays from 10.00am till 04.00pm
...and some weekdays if volonteers are available !!! ;-)
Admission is 5 AUS$ children 1 AUS$
The Yass & District museum is on the main road, not far from the tourist-information.Related to:
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AUS: Flagstaff Hill in Wollongong
Take a walk along the port of Wollongong and you will see this great light-tower next to some cannons on top of a small hill that gives you also a good panorama-view of the town and its beaches.
Close to that lighttower you will find a great beach with toilets, changing facilities and even showers, totally free of charge and open all day and night.Related to:
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AUS: The Illawarra Museum in Wollongong
The Illawarra Museum is a museum about the Illawarra-district, that is the area around of Wollongong, Shellharbour and Kiama in the south of Sydney. This building was built in 1882 as the Post Office of Woolongong.
The adress is :11 Market St / Wollongong NSW, Australia 2500
The Illawarra Museum is open for visitors:
Wednesday & Thursday:Noon - 3 pm
Saturday & Sunday: 1 pm - 4 pm
Public Holidays: 1 pm - 4 pmRelated to:
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AUS: Werris Creek
The village of Werris Creek in NSW is a good place to visit for all fans of railways !
There are some interesting houses in the old colonial style as well in Werris Creek and you will find most of them around the train-station.
I was there at the end of November and they started with the x-mas-decorations, for me as an Austrian, who always connects x-mas-feelings with snow and cold weather is was quite unusual to see this on such a hot day (my last picture)!
In 1877 the Great Northern Railway-line built the station in Werris Creek and they found this town to be the very best place for a junction for a sideline to Gunnedah and so Werris Creek became one of the most important stations of that area - you can still see that nowadays by the giant station-buildings.
In the 1950s around 700 people were working for the trainline in Werris Creek.
In my 4th picture: this train is out of service now and shown in front of the station and in the station you will also find a very good museum about the history of trains in Australia.Related to:
AUS: The Powerhouse Motorcycle Museum
In Tamworth / NSW you will find the Powerhouse Motorcycle Museum that is a great private collection of over 50 motorcycles of the 50s, 60s, 70s and 80s. The collection includes an extremely rare limited edition F4 MV Agusta Series ORO, various bikes of Ducati, Honda, Triumph, Velocette, Laverda and many more.
The Powerhouse Motorcycle Museum is open for visitors:
daily from 10.00am till 06.00pm
Admission is AUS$7 adult, AUS$4 child and AUS$16 per family
The adress is 250 Armidale Road, New England Highway
Tamworth is in the north of Sydney, but more than just a halfday-drive from Sydney !Related to:
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Get INside the Sydney Opera
The Operahouse of Sydney is not only spectacular to look at from the distance, it is also great to go there and take a look inside: During the day you will be able to enter the Sydney Opera freely and without lots of restrictions, even when you dont plan to take one of the guided tours through this magnificent building.There are various halls from where you will get an excellent view of the Harbour Bridge and the other places around the Opera.
The idea behind the building was to make a building that looks like a giant shell and the design was made by Jørn Utzon from Danmark, who had won the international competition for this building in 1957 , but not all of his plans were taken into the final construction.
There are various guided tours offered for the Opera building
such tours will last 1 hour and adults are 37 ,- AUS$ / children pay 20 AUS$
mostly it will be 1 tour per day between Mon and Fri
german tours for instance were: Mon + Wed + Fri at 03.30pm and Tue & Thu at 11.30am
click here for more details about these tours in various languages
The Sydney Opera House is next to the famous Harbour-bridge. All cruiseships will pass by there !Related to:
AUS: The Monkerei Bridge in Stroud
It is a pity that I missed this one, especially as I got that close to it and found the street blocked while I was there: Monkerai Bridge was actually the reason for me to drive to Stroud, but when I got there, the bridge was closed due to some repairs after some heavy rainfalls and besides of this, the road to Monkerai Bridge was unsealed, so I was not allowed to drive there in my rental car according to my contract.
Monkerai Bridge dates back to the year 1882 and comprises 6 spans with an overall length of 98,4 meters and it is one of the oldest timber truss bridges in Australia.
The Monkerai Karuah River Bridge is featured in a short film, "Maintaining the Links" shown on YouTubeRelated to:
a tiny island in Sydney
Fort Denison on Pinchgut Island is a fortified castle that you will see, when approaching the Sydney Opera and the Harbour bridge by cruiseship. This fort was built on that small island not far from the place, where the first fleet of settlers landed in 1788. In the beginning this island was used
as a penal colony for recidivists (Wiederholungstäter) . Lateron, during the Crimean War (1853–1856) it was also used in order to defend Sydney.The island is also known as Pinchgut Island.
Nowadays Fort Denison is a museum, tourist attraction and quite a popular location for wedding receptions and other events.
The local museum shows an exhibition of the island's history from Aboriginal times.
You get to Fort Denison via a ferry that departs daily from Wharf 6 at Circular Quay every 45 minutes,Related to:
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Nowadays Tooraweenah is just a tiny village with 240 inhabitants, but its origins date back to the year 1837. An area of 16.000 acres was taken over then by the settlers.
In 1841 they opened the first shop. In 1884 they opened a school and in 1886 a hotel.
In 1931 Cecil Arthur Butler landed with his airplane on a direct flight from London to Australia in Tooraweenah and in 1938 he came back there and founded an air-service for passangers and mail between Charleville and Sydney and in Cunnamulla, Bourke, Coonamble and Tooraweenah these airplanes made a stop-over.
In 1968 Chipps Rafferty made parts of his movie "The Exterminator" ,and the fifth episode of the series "Woobinda" of channel 9 there in Tooraweenah.
The Mountain-view Hotel was opened in 1911 including a main bar, a ladies lounge, a billard-room and a diningroom. One of the rooms was also used by the Commercial Bank of Australia. Keeping the beer "cold" in the times without electricity was not easy there and it was done by wet wheat-bags over the kegs, then the wind was.
In the 1960s the hotel was almost demolished, but a group of local people could buy it and so it is still there and under operation and one of the very few shops beeing open while I was there.
I am not sure if they rent rooms at all to tourists, but the pub was open.Related to:
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AUS: get a taste of Scotland in Glencoe
In the so-called "Celtic country " in NSW you will find lots of villages with scottish name: Glencoe is the Name of a great valley in Scotland and also an important place of scottish history and its equivalent in New South Wales reminded me in fact a lot of this landscape and the style of the houses and even the weather was "very scottish". I did not stop, except for taking these few photos and that was it.
You will find Glencoe in an area with lots of celtic names like Stonehenge and many others.. and also the funny letter-boxes look a bit different there !Related to:
Carcoar is another great example of an interesting village, when you drive around in a car in NSW.There are a lot of interesting buildings to be seen for tourists and most of them are even perfectely restored: The old Court House was one of the first buildings that was built in Carcoar. Australia was settled mainly by prisoners and convicts and so that might have been one of the reasons, why even in the smallest villages there is always a very impressive courthouse and the police-station is mostly next to it nowadays.
The old postoffice is a guesthouse nowadays, called "Five Frogs" and it looks great from outside, just a pity I was not in the mood to have some tea there on that great terrace. In case that you need an accomodation, this might be a good solution.
The old postoffice is next to the old Court House, right in the centre of the village.
And the Stoke Stable Museum is a museum about the life of the early settlers and it was built inside an old convict dating back to the year 1849.
Even when you get there OUTside of the opening-times there is a lot to see around the museum !
There are 2 churches in Carcoar: The Catholic Church of Carcoar is mostly closed durig the day, but I was lucky to be able to slip in and make a few photos, while someone was cleaning the church.
Behind the catholic church there is also a "house of prayer" called "Shalom House" - I think that is quite a strange name for a catholic building, but the lady there explained to me that Jesus was a jew as well, so why not name the building this way...Related to:
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a great viewpoint in Canberra
This is Canberra, Australia's Capital as it looks from Red Hill. I am really glad that I found this place accidentally, while searching for a viewpoint , but it seems to be a wellknown place anyway for a panorama-view over Canberra and there is a Restaurant as well (that was closed unfortunately) But at least you will find public toilets there and lots of parking-spaces and will have a great panoramaview in order to have a first Impression of Canberra and it's surroundings. There are explanations given as well about the landscapes and about the wildlife that you might see there !Related to:
AUS: a Courthouse, a Locomovil & more
When coming to Boorowa: dont miss the Courthouse, the Locomovil and some other sights ! I passed through Boorowa accidentally and was surprised to see such a large courthouse in quite a small village: The courthouse of Boorowa dates back to the year 1884 and you will find it next to the police-station, right in the centre of the village. The building is fully restored and obviously used as a shop nowadays and next to the building you will also find public toilets and lots of parking-spaces to take a little rest.
A bakery and 2 restaurants are also in a distance of just some steps across the street.
What else is there to see in Boorowa: There is an old steam-engine in the park of Boorowa, an old steamtrain / locomovil / steam-tractor like it was used in the old days for all kinds of agricultural works. That park is quite large with lots of sporting-facilities and recreation-areas and there is also a river flowing through it.
In Boorowa you will see some great local architecture of the times os the gold-rush in Australia and opposite of the old court-house you will see this hotel/restaurant with its great balconies.
This restaurant and hotel with 14 rooms was for sale in 2011 for 650.000 AUS Dollars, just like lots and lots of other buildings in the countryside of Australia. Almost 80% of the former shops in the mainstreets had been closed and are for sale in smaller villages like Boorowa.Related to:
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AUS: remains of a former trainstation
I came to Binalong mainly in order to visit a car-museum and at the end I also found some interesting remains of a former transtation as well there.The former trainstation of Binalong is a private home nowadays, but for all fans of ancient trains there are quite a lot of great exhibits to see in the garden of this house, just take a look at my extra photos as well !
The modern train-station is in a distance of ca. 150 meters from there and the railtrack was also moved away from this building, except for a few meters of rails for this trailer next to the former station-building.
Take a walk through the village and you will see houses like this one, it is called the Paterson Pub, although it is privately owned nowadays or even abandoned. Nevertheless it looks very romantic with some nice details of the "good old times" of the gold-rush in that area.Related to:
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AUS: Glen Innes in the "Celtic-Country"
Glen Innes was a surprise for me in many ways, because I had never heared of it and I also had no special expectations, when getting there ! Glen Innes is part of the so-called Celtic-Country, north-west of Sydney in an area with lots of villages called after scottish villages like Glencoe and there is even a village called Stonehenge as well.
My 1st picture The townhall of Glen Innes is one of the most beautiful townhalls that I saw in New South Wales and it dates back to the year 1887.
my 2nd picture: The Kwong Sing Centre of 1886 is a good example of an early settlement of chinese merchants in that area and that shopping-centre is obviously still in the hands of that family for more than 100 years now.
my 3rd picture: The courthouse of Glen Innes is dating back to the year 1873. Most of the early settlers of Australia had been convicts and so it seemes to me that the newly built state of Australia wanted to show everywhere, that law and justice have to be obeyed there as well. So you will find an impressive courthouse even in smaller villages and towns all over Australia, and in most cases the police-station was eighter in the same building or next to it.
my 4th picture: St. Joseph's School and the church that obviously belongs to it as well is the most impressive ensemble of buildings that I saw in Glen Innes. Parts of it even look like an old scottish castle, even though it is certainly just a boarding-school.
my 5th picture: The chapel-theatre on the mainroad from Glen Innes to Armidale and next to St. Joseph's School.Related to:
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