12th March, 2018.
While Erich was having his one on one photography tour, I ventured in to the city by bus to have lunch with our daughter Amy. It was a public holiday and the city was teeming with people. I got a bit disoriented trying to follow the map on my phone but we eventually found each other and headed off for a bit of window shopping and lunch in a very busy Chinese restaurant specialising in dumplings.
I’m not sure how Erich and I had missed Melbourne Central during our 5 day trip to the city over Christmas but we did. This Shot Tower, built in 1888, has been well preserved under the glass dome of the complex
Amy doesn’t look too pleased in this photo – I think she had just burnt her mouth while demonstrating for me how I should nibble a bit off the dumpling and then suck out the hot soup inside! Very hard to do using chopstñicks only.
13th March, 2018.
Time to begin our homeward journey and the first task was to safely negotiate the Melbourne traffic getting out of the city. Our overnight stop was planned for Avoca to the north-west but first we wanted to visit the town of Maryborough, the namesake of our current hometown in Queensland.
Our first stop was at the very impressive railway station. Back at home, we had heard that this railway station building was intended to be built at Maryborough Qld not Maryborough Vic so we were keen to check it out to ascertain if the story was true. We certainly had our doubts when we realised that the tracks along the 100m platform length were continuing through the town whereas the tracks into the now disused station in Maryborough Qld actually came to a dead end. A visit to the town’s Information Centre gave us the full story and what we had heard was certainly not true, although there was quite a fascinating story about how the then small town in Victoria came to have such a magnificent structure. Those who may be interested can read about it here: https://cv.vic.gov.au/stories/a-diverse-state/goldfields-stories-a-station-with-a-town-attached/myths-rumours-maryborough-railway-station/
The rest of the town had some lovely buildings as well.
We had been recommended by a resident to have a look at the ceilings in this beautifully restored old hotel.
Apparently during the restoration process, four layers of false ceilings were removed to reveal the original.
The sweeping staircase was equally impressive.
A stroll around the town centre revealed a number of well preserved buildings.
After lunch in the Bull and Mouth Hotel, we headed west to our proposed campsite for the night. After setting up at the free camp beside the river right in the centre of town, we picked up a map from the visitor centre to take ourselves on the self-guided walk around town.
The Chinese Garden, built to commemorate the contribution of Chinese immigrants to the area during the gold rush of 1850-1870, was small but impressive and so very peaceful.
This imposing War Memorial stands right in the centre of the town in a park dividing the main road.
This steel silhouette of a bullocky with his team stands at the entrance to the town from the south.
After our walk around the town, we returned to the van and relaxed for the rest of the afternoon. There were only a few other campers to keep us company.
The last of the sun’s rays shining through the trees along the river.
14th March, 2018.
A new day and time to explore the Silo Art Trail on our way north. First stop was the small town of Rupanyup and an impressive sepia toned painting.
Next stop was in a district called Sheep Hills, not a town at all. Such a contrast to the last silo, the colours were so vibrant. The artist, Adnate, is a well known Melbourne-based street artist.
Lunchtime found us in Warracknabeal, where the Post Office building was about the only interesting thing to see.
The silos in Brim were the first on this trail to be painted.
Rosebery was our next silo art stop.
The countryside was so dry and dusty but the silos seem to bring a number of visitors to these remote localities.
We continued north to our overnight stop on the shores of Lake Lascelles at Hopetoun. Fortunately, it was not very crowded and we found an acceptable campsite close to the water. Wherever there is water, there are birds.
Despite the water in the lake, the surrounding countryside looked parched.
A White-faced Heron catching dinner.
15th March, 2018.
It was a relatively short drive the next morning to our next Art Silo at the town of Lascelles. More sepia toned paintings here and these were very difficult to photograph in the morning light.
Almost a ghost town, the pub looks like the only viable business in Lascelles .
Our next stop was in Patchewollock, a rather more prosperous looking town than some we had visited in the last couple of days.
Patchewollock was the last silo on this Art Trail. More information about the silos and their artists can be found at http://www.siloarttrail.com.
Having completed this Art Silo Trail, we continued north to Mildura where we had arranged to have our car fridge repaired by a friend. We set up camp at a Winery and headed off to get the fridge fixed. kA couple of hours later we were back at camp with a working fridge again.