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Bunjil Shelter

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Just 10 minutes drive out of Stawell, and one of the most important Victorian sites in Aboriginal culture, Bunjil Shelter was on our must visit list.  An information board in the carpark gave us directions to the site, which was just a short distance away. Sandy gravel paths and stone steps led up to the rock formations on the hill. In the 1960's, a fence was put around the cave to protect it from further vandalism. I didn't mind having to peer through the fence, for the privilege of being able to see such a significant piece of art in its original site. The painting depicts Bunjil the creator and two dingoes, taking shelter in this cave. Red ochre and white clay colou red t he portrait of the d eity and his can ine companions. It's the onl y known rock painting of Bunjil.   Some of the granite rocks had sheer faces, as if sliced by a huge knife. Others were smooth and round, like enormous eggs.The colours ranged from golden brown to dark charcoal in place

The colours of Warracknabeal

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I was going to write a post about the gorgeous buildings I saw in Warracknabeal, but upon loading the photos to this blog - the rainbow of colours jumped out at me and I decided to let th e photos tell the story. Here is the colours of Warracknabeal... Red - the  letter box attached to a gate. A little faded, a little neglected, but still just a little bit glamorous. Blue - the pale pastel blue of the Dal Monte building. Pink - the glorious Pink Palace of Warracknabeal, the Palace Hotel (currently f or sale ) Brown - the grand English Do mestic Revival style Post office. Green - the wonderful community garden and all that it contains. Yellow - this glorious sunflower.   White - th e former Bank of New South Wales Rust -  the rust red bricks of the former State Savings Bank. Orange - the Moderne style Town Hall. What: Warracknabeal Where: Scott St When: Daily         Why: historical buildings, architecture How much : FREE

Minyip Historical Buildings

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A snapshot of the historical buildings in this small town in Western Victoria , th e 'heart of the whea t bel t'.   First up is the former Holden dealership. The fade d signage on the facade and peeling paint on the old timber doors give a wonde rful first im pression of t he town. Th is gran d home was on ce a bank ...   The Post Office - built around 1901.   Country pu bs are always wo rth a look. Styles vary from Gothic, to Federation to Deco - all have wonderful architectural charms. Those big ol' veran dahs , wrought iron, leadlight windows and who doesn't love a gargoyle, right? Commercial Hotel - 1908 Majestic Hotel - 1908 B eautiful murals depicting the local landmarks, painted by local school ch ild re n. Not just home to beautiful old buildings, the town was once a tv star. Back in the 19 80's, Minyip played the part of 'Coopers Crossing' on The Flying Doctors. What:  Minyip Historical Bui ldings Where:

Sheep Hills Silo Art Trail

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I was very much looking forward to seeing the third project to be completed in the Silo Art Trail, at the little farming town of Sheep Hills.  Sitting alongside the railway line that once would have hauled grain from this site, the bare rear view of the silos gave no clue of the beauty that shines from the other side. Just completed in December, the instantly recognizable work of Adnate is a stunning kaleidoscope of colours against the grey silos, the brown land and the blue sky. The portraits of Aboriginal elders at either side and two children between them makes a beautiful timeline between young and old. The wrinkled eyes, grey hair and weathered skin of the Elders shows wisdom and maturity. The painted faces of the children shows a connection to their culture. Up close, you can see the paint dripping from red lips... ...and the background of startrails blazing across a purple-black night sky. On the ground, pools of dried red paint stained the ground...