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So typically Aussie images 17 November 2018 …

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Hội An Ancient Town, Vietnam in 4K Ultra HD – Amazing Places on our Planet …

This is spectacular I am sure you will love it also …

I follow Amazing Places on our Planet on YouTube and he publishes some great videos.


Hội An Ancient Town, Vietnam

“The Old Town of Hội An, Vietnam is an atmospheric historic town, major trading port in the past, with Chinese, Japanese and European influences. Inscribed on the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites: “Hoi An Ancient Town is an exceptionally well-preserved example of a South-East Asian trading port dating from the 15th to the 19th century. Its buildings and its street plan reflect the influences, both indigenous and foreign, that have combined to produce this unique heritage site.” (Quote from whc.unesco.org/en/list/948)

Also in the video – the nearby ruins of the Mỹ Sơn sanctuary – another UNESCO World Heritage site – religious and political capital of the Champa Kingdom, built between the 4th and 13th centuries.

Recorded April 2018 in 4K Ultra HD with Sony AX100.

Don’t forget click the settings wheel and adjust for the best resolution your system will display. Watching in fullscreen is good.


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Bear is going to have a holiday – Gulgong NSW to Stanthorpe …

Bear and the Princess are going to go touring in country NSW. We just need to get away because Vevencia has been fighting cancer for 3 years and the latest PET scan looks clear. She has been through so much. Time for a holiday.


DAY 9 & 10

I thought might take a picture of every old Post Office and interesting old buildings in the towns we go through.

Continuing from Day 8 – Gulgong NSW this is day 9 & 10 …

From the previous post …

Unfortunately Vevencia started to get ill so we had to rush home. We drove to Barraba and had to stay the night because Bear was stuffed.

Barraba, New South Wales

“Barraba is a town in the New England region of northern New South Wales, Australia. It was formerly the centre of Barraba Shire local government area, but most of this, including Barraba, was absorbed into Tamworth Regional Council in 2004. On Census night 2016, Barraba had a population of approximately 1,400 people

The Kamilaroi people lived and occupied the Barraba region prior to European settlement. The first white man in area was the explorer and botanist, Allan Cunningham, in 1827. At the same time, he discovered the Manilla River, which he named Buddle’s Creek. A land holding named Barraba Station was taken up around 1837 or 1838. In July 1852, the Assistant Surveyor, J. T. Gorman mapped the future townsite.

During the 1850s, gold rushes in the region helped the growth of the township. On 1 April 1856, the first Barraba Post Office opened, with a brick post office built in 1882. A school followed, opening in 1861, in rented premises. In September 1876, there was an auction of the crown lands in Barraba. In the same year, the first St Laurence’s church building was built, as well as the first bank. In 1878, the Commercial Hotel was built, and three years later, the Barraba Court House was built. On 20 March 1885, Barraba was proclaimed a town. During the 1890s, many more key buildings of the township were built, including the hospital (1891) and the Weslyan Church (1898). In 1893, the population in Barraba reached 500; this increased to 1,164 in 1921.

A local newspaper, the Barraba Gazette was first published in 1900. The last section of the Barraba railway line from Manilla to Barraba opened on 21 September 1908 without a ceremony. The last train to Barraba ran on 21 September 1983, with the majority of the line closing on 25 November 1987. During 1933, Connors Creek dam was constructed as a water supply for the town.” Wikipedia

There was no one at the only Motel so I rang the number on the door they were at an annual festival in Tamworth but I could just choose a room and the the key was near the jug. It was clean but very average but we stayed. What they forgot to tell us was the power company was going to turn off the power from 3am to 10am the next morning. First time I have heard Vevencia whinge when we got up. But we packed up and drove through to Bingara which we visited on the way down.

Finally had the most wonderful breakfast at the Imperial. Great coffee and Aussie country bacon and eggs. Then Vevencia was happy …

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We left wishing we had continued the night before and stayed at this wonderful hotel.

Took the back roads through …

Inverell

“Inverell is a large town in northern New South Wales, Australia, situated on the Macintyre River, close to the Queensland border. It is also the centre of Inverell Shire. Inverell is located on the Gwydir Highway on the western slopes of the Northern Tablelands. It has a temperate climate. In the 2016 census, the population of Inverell was 11,660 and the Inverell Shire population was 16,483.

The name derives from the name of Mr. MacIntyre’s estate. The word is of Gaelic origin, and signifies “meeting place of the swans”; from “Inver”, a meeting place, and “Ell”, a swan. The MacIntyre River and Swanbrook Creek join here. The area was also known as “Green Swamp” in the 1850s. Wheat growers, Colin and Rosanna Ross established a store there in 1853, when he asked that a town be surveyed. In 1858 this was done and in the following years the plan was approved and the first land sale was held. Byron Post Office (open since 1855) was replaced by the Inverell Post Office on 15 September 1859. The municipality was proclaimed in March 1872. The last section of the Inverell branchline, from Delungra to Inverell, was opened on 10 March 1902. The last train ran to Inverell on 22 June 1987, and the Delungra to Inverell section of the line was closed on 2 December 1987. In 1871, the population of Inverell was 509, this increased to 1,212 in 1881. After Federation, the population of Inverell was 1,230 in 1911, and grew to 6,530 (1947) and 8,209 (1961 census).” Wikipedia

Again on the back roads we entered the New England Highway just north of Glen Innes and there to home through Tenterfield.

We were glad to be home but wanted to continue exploring as well.

The best Post Office because it is home Stanthorpe

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So typically Aussie images 16 November 2018 …

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So typically Aussie images 10 November 2018 …

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Bear is going to have a holiday – Gulgong NSW …

Bear and the Princess are going to go touring in country NSW. We just need to get away because Vevencia has been fighting cancer for 3 years and the latest PET scan looks clear. She has been through so much. Time for a holiday.


DAY 8

I thought might take a picture of every old Post Office and interesting old buildings in the towns we go through.

Continuing from Day 7 – Young to Gulgong NSW this is day 8 …

From the previous post … we had a nice dinner with my cousin Tom and Judy at the Centennial Hotel right across the road from our Motel. Bear had the special “bangers and mash” which is an old Aussie favorite and not had it for years and Vevencia had the best rib fillet steak you have ever tasted. Funny how you forget real food that has never been frozen or wrapped in plastic is. There are no fast food places in Gulgong  wonder why? LOL 😉 …

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We headed off on foot the next morning to explore …


Gulgong, New South Wales

“Gulgong is a 19th-century gold rush town in the Central Tablelands and the wider Central West regions of the Australian state of New South Wales. The town is situated within the Mid-Western Regional Council local government area. It is located about 300 km (190 mi) north west of Sydney, and about 30 km north of Mudgee along the Castlereagh Highway. At the 2016 Census, Gulgong had a population of 2,521.

Today, much of the 19th century character of the town remains, contributing to its appeal as a tourist destination. Of special interest is the Prince of Wales Opera House, a survivor with a rich history.

An attraction of note is the Gulgong Pioneer Museum, which has a huge collection of thematically-displayed exhibits, ranging from kitchen utensils to complete buildings that have been relocated to a ‘street’ on the site. Apart from tourism and hospitality, local industries include wine production, wool, wheat growing and coal mining.

Yarrobil National Park is located 21 kilometres (13 mi) north west of Gulgong.

The name ‘Gulgong’ is derived from the name used by the traditional inhabitants, the Wiradjuri, for ‘deep waterhole’. Like several towns in this area, it began as a gold mining centre. However, being founded in the 1870s, it was one of the last to be dominated by ‘poor man’s diggings’, that is by individuals without substantial capital investment.[citation needed]

Novelist and bush poet Henry Lawson lived briefly in Gulgong as a child in the early 1870s, while his father sought instant wealth as a miner. A montage of gold rush era Gulgong street scenes was used as a backdrop to the portrait of Lawson on the first Australian ten dollar note (which was in use from 1966 until replaced by a polymer banknote in November 1993). The town and its surrounding district feature in Lawson’s fiction, especially in Joe Wilson and His Mates.

Gulgong is believed to be one of the primary locations in Thomas Alexander Browne’s Robbery under Arms. Australia’s first novelist of note, Browne was police magistrate in the period 1871-81. He once hosted English author Anthony Trollope, who later recorded his impressions of Australia and New Zealand (1875).” Wikipedia

After a cuppa with Tom and Judy we explored the museum …

This is an invaluable legacy for Australia so extensive and in original condition. The State and Federal Governments need to come to the party with funding so it is never lost. My pics don’t do it justice. All Aussies this should be be on your bucket list it shows where you come from.

We went to the local bakery and I got the best steak and kidney pie you have ever had Vevencia was so boring and just had chunky steak. Believe me you have never tasted pies like this!

Bear and Vevencia were knackered and went back to the …

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We went to the Centennial Hotel again for dinner the lamb loin chops were magnificent and tender with so many veg I couldn’t eat it all.

We both slept well that night.

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Bear is going to have a holiday – Young to Gulgong NSW …

Bear and the Princess are going to go touring in country NSW. We just need to get away because Vevencia has been fighting cancer for 3 years and the latest PET scan looks clear. She has been through so much. Time for a holiday.


DAY 7

I thought might take a picture of every old Post Office and interesting old buildings in the towns we go through.

Continuing from Day 6 – Young NSW this is day 7 …

Young to Gulgong NSW

We decided to head off today to make it to Gulgong going to be a big day as we wanted to spend quite a bit of time at the Cowra Japanese Garden.

Cowra, New South Wales

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Cowra Post Office … boring

“Cowra is a town in the Central West region of New South Wales, Australia. It is the largest population centre and the council seat for the Cowra Shire, with a population of 10,063.

Cowra is located approximately 310 m (1,017 ft) above sea level on the banks of the Lachlan River in the Lachlan Valley. By road it is approximately 310 km (193 mi) south-west of the state capital Sydney and 189 km (117 mi) north of the nation’s capital Canberra. The town is situated at the intersection of three state highways the Mid-Western Highway, Olympic Highway and the Lachlan Valley Way.

The Wiradjuri people (Wiradjuri northern dialect pronunciation [wiraːjd̪uːraj]) Wiradjuri southern dialect pronunciation [wiraːjɟuːraj]) are a group of indigenous Australian Aboriginal people that were united by a common language, strong ties of kinship and survived as skilled hunter–fisher–gatherers in family groups or clans scattered throughout central New South Wales.

The first European explorer to the area, George William Evans, entered the Lachlan Valley in 1815. He named the area the Oxley Plains after his superior the surveyor-general, John Oxley. In 1817 he deemed the area “unfit for settlement”. A military depot was established not long after at Soldiers Flat near present-day Billimari. Arthur Ranken and James Sloan, from Bathurst, were amongst the first white settlers on the Lachlan. They moved to the area in 1831.

The township of “Coura Rocks” had its beginnings in 1844. Around 1847, the township site became known as Cowra, and in 1849, was proclaimed a village.

In the 1850s many gold prospectors passed through headed for gold fields at Lambing Flat (Young) and Grenfell. The first school was established in 1857. The first bridge over the Lachlan River was built in 1870. Gold was discovered at Mount McDonald in the 1880s. The rail head, from Sydney, reached Cowra in 1886. Local government was granted in 1888. The first telephone exchange was established in 1901. The town water supply was established in 1909, the gasworks in 1912 and town supplied electricity was introduced in 1924.” Wikipedia

Cowra Japanese Garden and Cultural Centre

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“The garden was designed by Ken Nakajima (1914–2000) in the style of the Edo period as a kaiyū-shiki or strolling garden. The rocky hillside, manicured hedges, waterfalls and streams, and two lakes provide a serene environment for a variety of ducks. Special features of the garden include a Bonshō (bell), a traditional Edo cottage, an authentic open air tea house and a Bonsai house.

In 1960 the Japanese Government decided to bring all their war dead from other parts of Australia to be re-buried at Cowra, which already featured a cemetery for the remains of 231 Japanese soldiers killed during the 1944 Cowra breakout from the nearby prisoner of war camp. The Japanese War Cemetery was tended to after World War II by members of the Cowra Returned and Services League of Australia and ceded to Japan in 1963.

In 1971 the Cowra Tourism Development decided to celebrate this link to Japan, and proposed a Japanese garden for the town. The Japanese government agreed to support this development as a sign of thanks for the respectful treatment of their war dead; the development also received money from the Australian government and private entities.

The Cowra Japanese Garden and Cultural Centre opened in 1979, and the second stage opened in 1986.” Wikipedia

We both loved these gardens and after a cuppa we continued on to …

Molong

“The name Molong comes from the aboriginal word for ‘all rocks’.

William Lee of Kelso is said to have had cattle in the area by 1819. He later held property just north of present Molong, around Larras Lee. In 1826 a military and police outpost was established at Molong, on Governor Darling’s orders, as a step in opening up the government stock reserve west of the Macquarie River for settlement.

The Historical Museum is housed in a former hotel (1856), built by rubble-mason James Mortal, who sold it in 1861 to John Smith of Gamboola. Smith let the building to a series of publicans and it later became the residence and surgery for a series of doctors. The Historical Society acquired it for use as a museum, in 1969, with help from the Molong Shire Council.

Molong is located on the Mitchell Highway about 300 kilometres west of Sydney and about 30 kilometres from the city of Orange. It is elevated at 529 metres above sea level. At the 2016 census, Molong had a population of 2,577 people. Charles Sturt visited Molong in 1828. Molong was the site of an early copper mine in Australia, located at Copper Hill just outside Molong.

The railway from Sydney reached Molong in 1886; it was later extended to Parkes. A branch railway to Dubbo was opened in 1925 and closed in 1987.” Wikipedia

Wellington, New South Wales

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“Wellington is a town in inland New South Wales, Australia, located at the junction of the Macquarie and Bell Rivers. It is within the local government area of Dubbo Regional Council. The town is 362 kilometres (225 mi) from Sydney on the Great Western Highway and Mitchell Highway.

The area was originally occupied by the Wiradjuri people. Explorer John Oxley was the first European to discover the area in 1817 and named it “Wellington Valley” after Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington.

Wellington was originally established in 1823 by Percy Simpson in early 1823 as an agricultural station. Squatters started settling along the Macquarie Valley and in 1832 CMS was established in the settlement to teach Christianity to the Aboriginal people of the area. The convict settlement ceased in 1831 but a village called Montefiores was established on the north side of the Macquarie River crossing. The Town of Wellington was gazetted in 1846. On 20 March 1885, Wellington was proclaimed a town. Wellington Shire Council was established in 1949.

Wellington is the second oldest New South Wales settlement west of the Blue Mountains. One of its hotels, the Lion of Waterloo, established by Nicolas Hyeronimus in 1842, is the oldest operating west of the Blue Mountains, and is near the location of the last recorded duel fought on Australian soil in 1854. The railway from Sydney reached Wellington in 1880.

As a regional centre Wellington benefited by the development of the gold mining industry in the district from the 1850s. Initially this was working alluvial deposits of gold but later focused on the mining of quartz reefs. Among the mining districts was Mitchells Creek located 8 miles to the north east near the locality of Bodangora.” Wikipedia


I wanted a cuppa in the park but it was so windy we decided to continue to Gulgong so we could have dinner with my cousin Tom and wife Judy. We booked into the Ten Dollar Town Motel because Tom had recommended it. Why the name? because it is depicted on the Aussie ten dollar note. Did you know that?

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Pics of this wonderful old town in the next post.

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