The town is home to Stefano De Pieri’s world famous restaurant at the Grand Hotel (good luck getting a table) and the quality of food for a regional town is remarkable. Churches to have operated in Castlemaine in order of establishment are: The Uniting Church was created in 1977 and the local Methodist, Presbyterian and Congregational congregations chose to join. // 700km (8hrs) west of Adelaide. // It’s thought that the name Mollymook is a variation on “mollymawk”, the slang name sailors use for a type of albatross (from the Dutch mallemugge, meaning “foolish gull”). Breathtaking Coles Bay and unforgettable Wineglass Bay are also close at hand, and Swansea pretty much sums up what the island state does best: showcasing almost untouched landscapes and friendly wildlife with abundant fresh local produce at hand – think oysters, walnuts, olives, berries, wine. Adelaide River was also a major military headquarters during WWII and a popular weekend retreat for important military personnel from the NT capital. The gem in the underrated northwestern coast of Tasmania, Stanley is a simple fishing village where the local staple is crayfish washed down with crab. Castlemaine is also the self-proclaimed Hot Rod centre of Australia with many small businesses catering to this popular form of motor sport at a national level. “The host was great, clear instructions and great place overall. Where? // From Gantheaume Point, around 6km south of town and at very low tides, dinosaur footprints believed to be from the Cretaceous period around 130 million years ago can be seen preserved in the rock, about 30m out to sea. Once a destination predominantly for retirees, today it has grown into a popular weekend getaway spot for Sydneysiders looking for peace and a bit of charming antiquity. It was considered isolated and left behind by “progress” through much of the 20th Century. Where? Robe’s carefully restored Old Gaol tells a story of escapes and ruin dating back to 1861, while glass mansions, restored turn-of-the-century cottages and seaside retreats decorate the town. There’s a general store (doubling as a post office), an info centre and a museum with photos of dirty-faced miners peering out. // Tamborine is definitely not famous for tambourines. // 186km (2.5hrs) southwest of Melbourne. As paddle steamers make silhouettes in the sunset on the river, it’s easy to forget what decade it is. Built in 1856 by amateur architect Henry Evans, it was added to over the years and grew to become a breathtaking example of a large country mansion. They were regarded by other tribes as being a superior people, not only because of their rich hunting grounds but because from their area came a greenstone rock for their stone axes. Hosts who have registered with as private hosts are parties that rent out their property or properties for purposes outside of their trade, business, or profession. But it’s the Bright Autumn Festival (April 25 to May 6) that attracts the most visitors. The sprawling 19th Century mansions, beautiful gardens, colourful beach huts and clifftop walks showcase the wealth of the lucky few who call themselves locals. From north to south they are: The town is served by Castlemaine Secondary College which was created in 1994 by combining the former Castlemaine High School (established 1910) and the Castlemaine Technical College (established in 1887 as the Castlemaine School of Mines). Did you know? It’s the locals. Did you know? (score from 11 reviews). It’s the unique quality of this strip, only 16km long and 2km wide, that earns Penola a spot in our Top 100. With a scenic railway, myriad cruises, flights to explore the region and twee artisan shops, you could almost forgive the place for becoming a parody of its former self. Neighbouring fishing town Baird Bay allows visitors to swim alongside the sea lions, as well as dolphins. There’s the old courthouse with a local history museum, original products on display in the early colonial general store, ancient buildings doubling as tasty cafes, art exhibits in the town’s cultural centre and colourful locals regularly engaged in impressive bouts of street-side banter. The market is currently held Once a seat of fine learning, with students from all over Australia sent here to study, the gorgeous old stone Hahndorf Academy is now an impressive regional centre for the arts. Originally part of the Clare railway, the trail ambles past stunning vistas,19th Century cottages, vineyards and farmyards for the leisurely sampling of wines and local produce from close-by restaurants. Castlemaine (/ˈkæsəlmeɪn/[2]) is a small city in Victoria, Australia, in the Goldfields region about 120 kilometres (75 miles) northwest by road from Melbourne and about 40 kilometres (25 miles) from the major provincial centre of Bendigo. ", #EXCLUSIVE FOOTAGE: We've just seen Prime Minister Tony Abbott pull a Bob Hawke and skoll his beer at a Sydney pub. The town is renowned for its great fishing (charters can be hired from Seventeen Seventy Marina), but if you don’t manage to catch dinner you can always dine in one of the town’s two restaurants or pick up supplies at the general store. If you’re after a bit of danger, check out the new Wildlife Wilderness Park and Refuge Centre. The population at the 2016 Census was 6,757. But it was the alluvial kind of gold which kick-started Mudgee. SAVE up to 30% on two-night stays at the Oaks The Entrance Waterfront Suites. // Echuca – an Aboriginal word meaning meeting of the waters (symbolising the junction of the Murray, Goulburn and Campaspe) – was nominated in 1891 as a potential capital for Australia. Its old-country nature is reflected in the timeless streetscape, with classic two-storey Aussie pubs, verandah-lined shops housing antiques, collectibles and bric-a-brac and Australia’s most-awarded pie shop: Parker Pies. Did you know? Did you know? 70 Cascade Street access via Harvey St only, 2780 Katoomba, Australia, Lil Yoorana - New Cozy Modern - 4 min walk to town - Close to everything, “Heel mooi huisje van werkelijk alle gemakken voorzien. The Theatre Royal opened in 1856 to provide entertainment for the gold diggers, with a notable performance being provided by the world-renowned Lola Montes and her celebrated Spider Dance.

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