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Walking around Uluru (Ayers Rock)

After watching the sun rise we began a walk part way around the Rock. The circumference is 9.4kms (5.8mi). There are quite a few walks around the base. You can do them all at once or break them up into each walk. We did the Kuniya and Lungkata Walks. Each of the six walks around the base have their own significance.

The Kuniya Walk focuses on the Kuniya Tjukurpa as well as the place of waterholes in Uluru–Kata Tjuta National Park. In addition, information is provided on the pivotal role of the Mutitjulu waterhole in establishing tourism at the Park and its focal point in early interactions between Europeans and traditional owners at Uluru.

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The Lungkata Walk focuses on the non-snake reptiles of Uluru–Kata Tjuta National Park as well as fire management on the Park. By the time we started this walk the sun came out providing the gorgeous blue sky as the backdrop.

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Glenrowan….Ned Kelly’s last siege and capture

On the way home from Bright we decided to go to Glenrowan. This is where Ned Kelly, probably Australia’s most famous (or infamous) bushranger was caught in the siege finally caught The Kelly Gang. These days the freeway diverts traffic away from Glenrowan but it’s well worth getting off it to go into town. There is a self-guided walk around town pointing out all the major points of interest. Each stop explains its part in the siege. There is also a museum devoted to all things related to the Kelly Gang.

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Australian’s are fond of ‘big’ things ie big Banana, ram, Koala, Lobster and many, many more. This ‘big’ Ned is in the town centre.

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The re-creation of Ned Kelly’s capture after being shot. He wore the metal shield around his torso and head but left is legs unprotected so that’s where the police shot him.

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The Museum and Tourist Centre.

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Bollards are placed around town on the self-guided walk to re-create the characters involved in the shootout and capture of Ned and some of his gang members.

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The train station has been re-built. This is where Ned and his gang were transported to Melbourne to face judgement.

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The jail cell where Ned was kept while transport was organised to Melbourne.

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http://www.cv.vic.gov.au/stories/sites-in-glenrowan/

Quarantine Station in Point Nepean National Park

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The quarantine station was built in 1852. This site was chose because it was remote from Melbourne and only accessible by boat. There are around 50 heritage-listed buildings making up the complex.

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There are five double-storeyed buildings like this in the complex. They were used as hospitals and admin buildings amongst other uses. They were built from local sandstone. We don’t have a lot of sandstone in Victoria. Bluestone is the most well-known stone.

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A walk around South Melbourne – part 2

Mum recently borrowed a book from her local library that had a lot of different walks you could do in and around Melbourne. The first time I looked at it I thought there were a few good walks but the second time I realised that I wanted to do most of them. I also realised I had already done some of them. Now that the weather is getting better we are going to do more walking and sightseeing. We love being tourists in our own town. There’s no better way of getting to know a place than by getting out of your car and walking. You see so much more.

South Melbourne isn’t a place I knew a lot about. Apart from a few job interviews years ago in the business district of the suburb I haven’t been there a lot. I’ve been past it and around it often enough. It borders Albert Park, Port Melbourne and Port Phillip Bay, all places I’ve been to a lot more. I was looking forward to this walk. It was a nice day for walking too.

It took a while for us to get our bearings but parked near the corner of Park and Ferrars Sts. That was actually stop 4 on the tour but we decided it was easy to park there. When we got a block away from the South Melbourne Market we decided to go in there for lunch. I loved the range and prices of the fruit, vegies and items in the butchers.

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One of the modern developments in South Melbourne. This one has a modern scene printed on the side depicting the trams rustling down South Melbourne.

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This beautiful, old building was a school but is now apartments. I’ve seen other such buildings turned into apartments as well.

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Nixon Place is an example of the cobblestone laneways spread through many inner-city suburbs. There is a drainage channel running down the centre. These laneways were used by night soil collectors and ice delivery men before mod cons such as indoor bathrooms and fridges.

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Nowadays, the Caledonian is a house but it was originally built as a hotel.

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These heritage-listed prefabricated portable cottages are an example of the housing that was required in the 1850’s Gold Rush. Demand was so high that they had to come up with a cheap, easily-built type of housing. They are maintained by the National Trust and are only open on the first Sunday of each month.

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Another example of Gold Rush housing. This one is a wooden prefabricated house. The owners have very cleverly built a double storey house beside and behind the wooden house. It’s very well designed, providing a discreet home and not destroying the look of the wooden house.

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Rochester Terrace. An example of the beautiful rows of terraces.

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A walk around South Melbourne – part 1

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South Melbourne is one of the oldest suburbs in Melbourne, being just 2kms south of the city. It was originally named Emerald Hill because it was an attractive green hill behind the swampy land south of the Yarra River.

Within a few decades it became one of the homes of the working class. There were a number of industries operating in this and nearby suburbs and they needed somewhere to live. There are streets of tiny workers cottages on the western side of the suburb. Further east are much more grand two and three storey homes with iron lacework. The town hall is one of the most magnificent in Melbourne.

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The photos above and below are of the Old St Vincent de Paul Orphanage for Boys. Nowadays it’s the McKillop Family Services building. It is also listed on the Victorian Heritage Register.

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The much plainer Orphanage for Girls, located just behind the Boy’s Orphanage.

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I love this small building. It was probably an old corner milk bar.

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A lovely row of red and gold terraces.

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Royal Mint, Melbourne

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Until I was doing some research for the walking tour I went on in late-June, I didn’t know there had been a branch of the Royal Mint in Melbourne. I’ve been to the one in Canberra but don’t remember them mentioning the Melbourne branch. I had never noticed the beautiful building either on the corner of William and Lonsdale Sts, a very prominent building near the Flagstaff Gardens.

On the tour the guide told us this was the only branch of the Royal Mint outside of England at the time it was built. Originally they made English coins but later began minting Aussie coins. The building was completed in 1872 when Melbourne was one of the wealthiest cities in the world. And it was less than 40 years old. They were able to use gold in the Coat of Arms that hangs above the portico at the front of the building.

We couldn’t go inside because it is leased to a private company but in the past it has also been the home of the Registry Office (it is a gorgeous building to have wedding photos taken in front of) and the home of the Royal Historical Society of Victoria.

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The lovely gatehouse. One of the few remaining buildings of the complex. Some of the buildings at the back were demolished after the complex ceased to be the Mint in 1968.

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This beautiful, gold crest of the Mint is hanging on the gate.

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