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              Celebrating 31 years
AUTUMN 2022 - Celebrating 31 years - Maryborough Advertiser
Whats on at the Highland

                     SUE JONES
                 LABOUR DAY WEEKEND

                                      Saturday 12th March
                                      7pm – 10pm &
                                      Sunday 13th March
                                      2pm – 5pm

                 EASTER WEEKEND

                                      Good Fri 15th April 7pm – 10pm
                                      Easter Sat 16th April7pm– 10pm
                                      Easter Sun 17th April 2pm – 5pm

Maryborough Highland Society 35 High Street, Maryborough
    Phone 5461 1480 |
AUTUMN 2022 - Celebrating 31 years - Maryborough Advertiser
Welcome to the autumn edition of Goldfields Getaway
AS MANY locals and regular visitors will
attest, autumn is a particularly lovely                                           INSIDE
season in the Goldfields. The changing
colours of deciduous trees and grape                       5.    Old-fashioned luxury at Victorian
vines, coupled with cooler weather make                          Goldfields Railway
it the ideal time to venture out and                       7.    Bendigo Writers Festival
explore.                                                   12.   Catch the caching craze
   In this edition we look at the multitude                13.   New lease of life for corner shop
of bike tracks snaking their way through
                                                           23.   On your bike
the goldfields. Whether you are a serious
‘MAMIL’ or the occasional pedaller,                        30.   Historic tour of Timor
there is sure to be a bike trail to suit you.              32.   On the trail of art
   Another great way to explore the
region is geocaching, finding treasure                       Thank you to everyone who entered our
hidden in remote locations.                                summer competition and congratulations to
   It’s great to see so many wonderful                     Heather Grant, who found the gold nugget on
events back on the calendar. Car clubs,                    page 4. Heather won a $50 voucher for the
gold expos, live entertainment and                         Maryborough Golf Club.
wining and dining are all back on the                        Congratulations also to Glenda Carroll, who
menu.                                                      won an Ecoya prize pack from Maryborough’s
   Quite a few new businesses have                         newsXpress.
opened in the last few months, so have                       Turn to page 39 to enter the autumn Spot the
fun discovering new places on your                         Nugget competition.
autumn Goldfields adventure.

Woolly Workers from Mount Avoca Winery
MATTHEW Barry (pictured), owner of Mount Avoca
Wines, explained the sheep are an important part of
the organic wine-making process.
   “David Darlo is our manager and wine maker,”
Matthew said.
   “Every autumn he moves the sheep to the vines,
where they clean up all the long grass and weeds and
fertilize the vines at the same time.”

                                                      Now taking bookings for Winter 2022
                                                   Phone 5461-3866 for bookings and more information.
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AUTUMN 2022 - Celebrating 31 years - Maryborough Advertiser
The place to be
A VITAL part of our community for
more than 100 years, Maryborough
Golf Club is ‘The Place To Be!’
   With its bushland setting and
gently undulating layout, the
picturesque 18-hole golf course is the
pick of the courses in the region.
   The club caters to players of all
skill and fitness levels and, as well as
attractive green fees for the casual
player, offers a range of membership
packages for individual needs.
   A number of golf tournaments are
held throughout the year, including                bowls on the Santa Ana couch grass greens
the June and November tournaments. In                 If all that activity works up a hunger, the
March the club also hosts a charity tournament     Fairways bistro provides a wide range of
on behalf of the Maryborough and District          options to suit everyone’s tastes. The ‘modern
Health Service.                                    Australian’ menu includes a selection of
   Perhaps it’s a game of bowls you prefer? As     signature dishes created by kitchen staff and
well as an active competition scene, the club is   provides the perfect casual dining experience
home to social bowls on Thursdays – where          from lunch through to dinner from Tuesday to
players can learn for free – as well as barefoot   Sunday.


Fairways bistro offers delicious meals and welcoming
     service that together provide great value!
 Renovated and modern clubhouse features indoor
and outdoor dining with an extended outdoor shaded

    Have a swing and putt while enjoying blissful views
    on our well grassed 18-hole course. Or enjoy a game
      of social bowls, maybe barefoot bowls? We can
            accommodate & indulge you here at
                       'The Place To Be'

                 125 Park Rd, Maryborough

AUTUMN 2022 - Celebrating 31 years - Maryborough Advertiser
All aboard and back in time
VISITORS to                                                            the Acheron to its former
Maryborough’s iconic                                                   grandeur as a sleeping
Railway Station often                                                  carriage on the Overland to
remark that dining in                                                  Adelaide.
the Railway Café and                                                      The passion volunteers at
Tracks Bar is like                                                     VGR have for their trains is
stepping back in time.                                                 evident by the incredible
   While enjoying meals                                                attention to detail each
or yummy cakes over                                                    carriage receives.
coffee or a wine, it is                                                   Often arriving as broken
easy to imagine the                                                    down, neglected shells, the
station bustling with commuters – travellers       carriages are transformed to opulent glory,
heading off to shop in Melbourne or visit          ready to receive passengers who can relive the
family, newly arrived migrants to the colonies     days when trains opened the world of travel to
searching for work or hopeful diggers sure they    people.
would make their fortune in the goldfields.          Running between the historic towns of
   Now you can put yourself in the shoes of        Malden and Castlemaine, VGR offer a variety
those travellers. Just a short drive to            of special events, including a Murder on the
Castlemaine you can catch a ride on the            Orient Express (dress to impress), Ales on Rails,
Victorian Goldfields Railway’s latest addition,    even the chance to drive the train.
the first-class carriage Acheron.                    To organise your next historic adventure, go
   It has taken a lot of time and love to retore   to:

AUTUMN 2022 - Celebrating 31 years - Maryborough Advertiser
i n g i s Ma r c h
                                             in Bendigo
                                                               An Afternoon
                                                               with the MSO
                                                               3pm, Saturday March 19
                                                               Ulumbarra Theatre
                                                               Gaol Rd, Bendigo

Featuring Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Peter Luff conductor, Rachael Tobin cello.
Program: Bonis Legendary Women, three pieces for orchestra. Kodály Dances of Galánta.
Haydn Cello Concerto No.1 in C Major*. Rimsky-Korsakov Capriccio Espagnol.

                                                               8pm, Saturday March 29
                                                               Ulumbarra Theatre
                                                               Gaol Rd, Bendigo
Inspired by the true story of legendary First Nations cricketer Johnny Mullagh, and Australia’s
first ever international sporting team, Black Cockatoo is not just about cricket. It is a story of
strength, resistance, hope and possibility.

Tickets to these shows and details of many more performances
in our diverse program can be found at
AUTUMN 2022 - Celebrating 31 years - Maryborough Advertiser
Writers back in Bendigo
WITH a reputation for a big,                                               few internationals beaming in
busy, bold program, excellent                                              online. These include West
venues and an enormous range                                               Indies cricketing legend Michael
of events, Bendigo Writers                                                 Holding, to talk about his
Festival is on track to make                                               powerful Why We Kneel, How We
2022 the best ever.                                                        Rise as well as Nathan Law, the
   The slogan for this year’s                                              young Hong Kong lawmaker
festival, set to run from May 12                                           forced into exile for speaking out
to 15, is ‘Flourish’ – with all                                            against Chinese Communist
kinds of conversations about                                               Party rule in his homeland.
what it takes to get the best out                                            A series of events especially
of life.                                                                   for young people will take place
   Headlining the program is                                               in Bendigo Library on Friday,
Eat, Pray, Love author Elizabeth                                           May 13 and Saturday, May 14.
Gilbert (pictured). Gilbert is                                             On Sunday, May 15 a series of
internationally acclaimed for                                              how-to-write workshops will be
her books that show how to get                                             held in the La Trobe Art
the most out of life, through the                                          Institute on View Street.
good times and the bad, with joy and courage.               As well as a festival bookshop onsite and
   Exclusive to Bendigo Writers Festival, Gilbert        many options for good coffee and food in
will beam in to Ulumbarra Theatre from New               Bendigo’s beautiful cultural precinct, Bendigo
York, on Saturday, May 14 at 10.30 am.                   Writers Festival multiple-choice ticketing makes
Bendigo host, Claire Flanagan-Smith, will talk           it easy to settle in for a memorable weekend or
with the author about creativity, spirituality           just to dip in to the program to hear a celebrity
and, from her latest book City of Girls, the fierce      writer of your choice.
desire to be true to your heart.                            Bendigo Writers Festival is managed by
   Most of the more than 70 events are live and          Bendigo Venues and Events on behalf of the
in-person. Writers such as gourmet farmer                City of Greater Bendigo, in partnership with
Matthew Evans, Indigenous advocate Thomas                La Trobe University and the North Central
Mayor, medical expert Norman Swan, former                Goldfields Library.
politician Julia Banks, essayist Charlotte Wood,            The full program and tickets are available
and relationship-researcher Clementine Ford              online at from
are among the many writers heading to                    mid-March. For information and booking, the
Bendigo.                                                 Festival’s box office is at The Capital, 50 View
   As well as Elizabeth Gilbert, there’s a select        Street, Bendigo, phone (03) 5434 6100.

                               • FINE ART • PAINTING• SCULPTURE • PRINTMAKING • CERAMICS

                              EASTER EXHIBITION & SALE
                                   Chainsaw sculptures by Angela Polglaze
                                   Exhibition opens Easter Saturday, April 16
                          POSSUM GULLY FINE ARTS Gallery & Gardens
                          428 Possum Gully Rd, Adelaide Lead via Maryborough - Travel 4km from Maryborough
                             towards Avoca on Pyrenees Highway, turn left at sign and follow bitumen for 4.5km

                       | (03) 5461-1775
AUTUMN 2022 - Celebrating 31 years - Maryborough Advertiser
Possum Gully Gallery celebrates the
    works of Angie ‘Chainsaw Chick’
    POSSUM Gully Gallery                 support them in the traditionally
    celebrates a diversity of artists,   male world of power carving.
    styles and media.                      Using up to 16 chainsaws to
       Trish Walsh’s 2022 Easter         craft three-dimensional creations,
    Exhibition features sculptures by    Angie could transform a giant log
    Angela Polglaze (pictured) on        into a tree of butterflies or a
    show throughout her beautiful        delicate seahorse.
    garden. The exhibition opens on        Angie’s work is
    Easter Saturday, April 16 from       characteristically brightly painted,
    11 am to 5 pm.                       fun and sometimes cheeky. Best
       Angie, an internationally         known for her ‘Cheesy Chick’
    renowned chainsaw sculptor,          collection, she also carved a
    carved her way into history books    catalogue of animals and fantasy
    in the USA, Germany, Korea,          creatures. Angie’s sculptures are
    Scotland and Japan, achieving        in public spaces in rural and
    success in competitions for          urban settings across Victoria.
    decades. Angie was a founding          Angie lost her battle with breast
    member of the International          cancer late last year and these,
    ‘Chainsaw Chick’ movement            her last works, are on sale at
    through which women were             Possum Gully Gallery from
    mentored by female carvers to        Saturday, April 16.

          Next Door Guest House is a newly renovated and beautifully
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          Whether you are looking for an accommodation option for
          business or for pleasure - this cottage offers all the comforts
          for a relaxing stay.
          The perfectly located guest house is a short walk from the
          Maryborough CBD, located in a quiet residential street, with
          off-street parking for your convenience.

           We welcome you to Next Door Guest House.
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AUTUMN 2022 - Celebrating 31 years - Maryborough Advertiser
Art back at Beaufort
AFTER two years on hold,                                                       Prize, just before COVID hit.
the organising committee of                                                       “Locally, I was invited to
the Pyrenees Art Exhibition                                                    teach the primary school
is excited to present the 15th                                                 children at Landsborough
Annual Art Exhibition in                                                       where we created five large
Beaufort over the long                                                         exterior murals for the town
weekend in June – Saturday                                                     and I have also painted
11th to Monday 13th, with                                                      several tongue-in-cheek
the opening night on Friday                                                    pictures of some of our local
June 10th, 2022.                                                               wineries.
   Moonambel artist Maggie                                                        “A member of Pyrenees
Barnes-Oake, a regular exhibitor in the                     Arts Council for over 20 years, I found the
Exhibition since 2007, has kindly provided us               members to have always been quietly
with an insight into her artistic career:                   supportive, allowing me to just be!
   “My description would be cartoonist,                        “Also exhibiting, with knees knocking, at the
illustrator, portraitist or sculptor,” she said.            Art Trax Gallery, has allowed me to view my
   “No De Vinci, but someone who finds                      work more critically. My love of animals, the
humour and serious pleasure in artistic                     colours of the Australian landscape and the
expression and cynical comment.                             idiocy of today’s politics are always fodder for
   “Since attending Ballarat university, I have             my scribblings.
been lucky enough to win sculpture and                         “Character flaw—I work in acrylic on
painting awards in Victoria, plus the                       canvas, simply because I don’t have the
excitement of being a finalist in the Bald Archy            patience to let oils dry.”

    Luxury accommodation in the heart of Maryborough
    12 rooms from deluxe king to king single each with
   ensuite bathroom. Some rooms offer a balcony with a
   city view or street view. Enjoy an in-room continental
           breakfast or dine in the licensed café.

                      The venue features two bars,
                     conference and function room,
                        and underground cellar.

                     119 High Street, Maryborough

AUTUMN 2022 - Celebrating 31 years - Maryborough Advertiser
5 galleries to visit
                             1. Possum Gully Studio Gallery,
                                428 Possum Gully Rd, Adelaide Lead.
                                P: 5461 1775
                             2. Factory 2 Art Gallery,
                                Factory 2/167-171 Railway St,
                                Maryborough. P: 0404 723 123
                             3. Gallery 127, Avoca Railway Station,
                                13-15 York Ave, Avoca. P: 0439 462 344
                             4. Art Trax, Beaufort Railway Station,
                                23/35 Pratt St, Beaufort. P: 0499 708 647
                             5. Puzzle Flat Artworks,
                                82 Broadway, Dunolly. P: 0419 31 6476

     Connect with us:
     Phone: 03 5461 6600

       Stay in touch to find out about services and
       programs while the Gallery is closed to the
       public via:
       The Gallery is scheduled to re-open in September 2022.

       Check out the Central Goldfields Art Gallery collection
       online –
       Central Goldfields Art Gallery is situated on the traditional lands of
       the Dja Dja Wurrung and pays respects to Elders past and present.

       Top: Architect’s rendering of part of the Gallery redevelopment.
       Bottom: Dean Bowen, Night Hawk with Wasps (detail), 2009,
       oil on linen, 530 x 455 x 25mm. Central Goldfields Art Gallery
       Collection (CGAG.0138). © Dean Bowen. Reproduced with
       permission of the artist.

Avoca celebrates with Kate
AVOCA Arts and Gardens Gallery 127 are
thrilled to play host to one of Australia’s most
iconic entertainers, Kate Ceberano.
   Ceberano will headline Gallery 127’s
“Silobration under the Stars”, an outdoor
music event on Saturday, April 2nd from
4 to 11 pm.
   Celebrating the official opening of Avoca’s
newest open-air entertainment venue at the
town’s old grain silo, the event also
incorporates projected image displays onto the
silo, with newly acquired digital projection
equipment funded by a special grant from the
Victorian State Government.
   The amazing artwork has been painted by            Kate Ceberano will conclude the night’s
Warrnambool-based artist Jimmi Buscombe            entertainment.
and features a special glow-in-the-dark feature,      Food vans and wine/beer/spirit tents will be
the first of its kind for the silo art trail.      on-site.
   The afternoon of music will kick off with a        Tickets are available for $70.00 plus GST
number of regional bands, followed by evening      and booking fee at:
entertainment from The Jimmy Cupples Band
and the Badloves.                                  stars-br4j3v3v

                                                                      with the fabulous
                              Saturday 2nd April 2022 4pm - 11pm
                              Avoca Grain Silo, 2 Station St Avoca
         Celebrating the Official Opening of the
            Barking Owl Creative
       Food vans and Wine/Beer/Spirit tents are on­site
        Projected image displays on the old Grain Silo

              Live music featuring regional bands
     Evening entertainment with The Jimmy Cupples Band
        and the Badloves, followed by Kate Ceberano

           TICKETS : $70 plus GST & Booking Fee

X marks the spot
IF YOU have ever dreamt of going
on a real-life treasure hunt, the
hobby of geocaching might be for
   The global phenomenon involves
people using GPS coordinates to
search for items hidden in a specific
spot. Participants log on to popular
geocache sites where they are given a
code name and clues to find the
treasure, or cache.
   Caches are generally hollow
waterproof objects such as
tupperware containers or
lunchboxes. Inside will be a log book and pen        Over time, variations of geocaching have
or pencils. The finder logs their codename in      emerged, such as multi-caching – each cache
the book and returns it, then records their find   has clues to the next, and puzzle caching –
online. The cache must be replaced in the          where you need to solve a puzzle in order to
exact same location for the next person to find.   work out the coordinates.
   Some caches may also contain trinkets,            To become involved in the hobby of
which a geocacher can take if they replace it      geocaching go to and find
with a trinket of similar value.                   out how many caches are hidden nearby.

     Australia’s largest
     prospecting supplier
     • Gold prospecting tours                           • Minelab metal detector hire
     • Detector coils, picks & pans                     • Showroom and nugget display
     • Headphones, speakers & audio boosters • Second-hand detectors
     • Metal detecting accessories                      • Battery systems & chargers
                “Drop in for a chat, you never know what you’ll learn
                                or who you will meet!”

                   COILTEK GOLD CENTRE                                               7 DAYS
 6 Drive In Court, Maryborough Vic 3465 | 5460 4700 |
Everything old is new again
FOR 122 years, the shop on                                              “We have a collection of
the corner of Napier and                                              vintage items that I’ve collected
Inkerman Streets in                                                   over the years – clothes, doll’s
Maryborough has been                                                  prams, doll’s clothes and
owned and run by the                                                  babywear,” Nicky said.
Maffescioni family.                                                     “We have a beautiful range
   In 1900, Bernadio (Barnie)                                         of locally made candles, bath
and Mabel Maffescioni                                                 bombs, bath salts, and scrubs,
bought the shop and                                                   as well as beautiful handcrafted
adjoining house and ran it as                                         earrings that are made locally.
the Bealiba Wood Yard. In the 1930s, the              “Mum (Val) is very talented at sewing, you
family turned the store into a mixed business. It   name it Mum can make it.”
continued to operate until 1985, when Tom             As Nicky explains, while the corner shop
and Cath Maffescioni decided to retire. The         may be facing a new future, the past is never
doors remained closed until 2010, when it           far away.
operated on and off as a ‘pop-up’ store,              “My great grandmother lived in the house
opening at various times to offer a selection of    adjoining the shop until she died,” Nicky said.
vintage and new items.                                “Towards the end of her life, if she needed
   Now the store is being given a new lease of      anything she would bang her walking stick on
life as mother and daughter team Val and            the floor. If any of the family hear an
Nicky Maffescioni open Just Mabel, a giftware       unexplained banging, we will often turn to each
and vintage store.                                  other and say ‘It’s just Mabel’.”

    ECLECTIC GIFTS                          VINTAGE                   HANDCRAFTS

                              Just          MABEL

    Maffescioni                              0437 490 028
  Corner Napier St & Majorca Rd, Maryborough Thursday to Sunday 10am - 3pm

A new lease of life
LIKE many throughout the world, the onset of
COVID-19 and the subsequent pandemic
restrictions caused Sonia McVicar to re-
evaluate parts of her life.
  “Since I was 16 and first started working, I’ve
collected antiques,” Sonia said.
  “I’ve always been interested in old things.
They have history, they’re collectable and
they’re too nice to throw away.
  “Whenever I have gone anywhere, I always
end up going to op shops or second-hand
places. I’m 60 years old and I figured if I didn’t
do this soon, I would never get the chance to
do what I’ve always loved.”
  Sonia enrolled in a course to learn more             With new stock arriving monthly, Sonia said
about how to run a business, and in July last        her collection fills more than just one room in
year, online store was       her Trentham home, and she has plans to
born. Specialising in vintage crockery, new and      expand the business in the future.
old books, vintage clothes, as well as new classic     “I hate to think of something that has been
perfume, tea towels and jewellery, Sonia hopes       cherished just getting tossed in the trash,” she
to give beautiful items a new lease of life as a     said. “Once these things have gone, they are
keepsake or heirloom.                                gone, you can’t recreate them again.”

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              03 5472 1032                                     to track down your treasures 0472 544 593

Autumn colours are a delight
WHAT better way to                                                          In addition to their own
celebrate the new season                                                    eclectic art and craft work,
than to visit one of the most                                               the walls of Buda include
important large 19th century                                                works by notable Australian
suburban gardens surviving                                                  women artists such as
in Victoria?                                                                Margaret Preston, Eveline
  Soak up the atmosphere                                                    Syme and Ursula Ridley
beneath the autumn leaves of                                                Walker.
heritage trees, enjoy a picnic,                                               Whether you are interested
or ‘promenade’ as in days gone by along the             in the gold rush, heritage gardens, the art and
winding paths of the 1.2 hectare garden with            craft movement, silver work, or women’s
ample room for the kids or grandkids to stretch         history, there is something to interest everyone.
their legs and play the Buda treasure hunt                Buda’s gift shop also provides a lovely range
made just for them.                                     of Buda merchandise and handcrafted items
  Of national significance, the house is an             for sale. Bus and tour groups can be catered for
accredited museum featuring the intact                  with morning or afternoon tea or lunch in our
furnishings, personal belongings and art                function room overlooking the garden but
collection of the talented Leviny family who            advanced bookings are essential. Bring a picnic
resided there over two generations for almost           or book one of Buda’s gourmet hampers to be
120 years. The stories of this remarkable family        waiting for you on arrival and make a day of it.
are preserved through their letters, diaries,             Visitors are welcome at Buda from 12 noon
photograph albums and personal belongings.              to 4 pm seven days a week.

      Adventure begins at Golden Flash
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          Archery & Fishing Gear
        Firearm Permits & Transfer
      Firearms, Ammo & Accessories
                                                             • Camping • 4x4 accessories
                                                         • Caravan accessories • Solar panels
                         66 Nolan Street, Maryborough
                                                           • Driving lights • Diesel heaters
                            Ph: 5461-4400
                                                                • Fridges... and more!
                                                                           167-171 Railway St, Maryborough
                                                                             Shop 2-4, 101 Hare St, Echuca
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Bringing 5 generations of
   honest Australian goodness to
contemporary tastes across the globe

 Come visit us at                                Open 8am-4pm
 145 Davies Road,                                Monday-Friday
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Pyrenees – the place to play
BREATHE easy and head to the Pyrenees this
season for a knockout series of fun, easy going (or
adventurous) outdoor events.
   With couples, families and friends looking for
safe ways to get together, Play in the Pyrenees
2022 gathers together outdoor music, art, dining,
4WD tours, picnics, pop-up museums, late night
trading and more.
   The Pyrenees covers some of Victoria’s most
beautiful farming country, historic towns, native
forest, meandering rivers and is a world-
renowned wine producing region.
   Highlight events include Spontaneous
Broadway at Mount Avoca Vineyard on March
20, an afternoon filled with laughs and good wine
with Australia’s favourite improv musical comedy
   Love the bush and your 4WD? Then sign up to
the Harrison’s Navrun 4WD Challenge on the
weekend of March 19/20 to explore the tracks of
Mount Cole State Forest using your navigational
skills whilst taking in the stunning countryside.

                                                      Order your sweet treats
   the                                                      for delivery
     olive and lavender
                         • Breakfast
                         • Light lunch
                         • Cakes
                         • Giftware
                         • Local

                         Open 7 days                    Select from our range of hand-made treats
                         8am - 4pm
                                                      128 High Street, Avoca | 0418 374 330
                         5465 3777                     Open Wed - Sat 9.30am - 3.30pm,
         106 HIGH STREET, AVOCA                              Sun 9.30am - 2pm

Cellar Door | Restaurant | Accommodation | Gourmet Deli | Bakery

         Cellar Door Open Daily 10-5pm
              for Tastings/Wine Sales

     Open for Dinner Friday & Saturday 6-8pm
      & Lunches Wednesday-Sunday 12-3pm
 Specialty pizzas feature homegrown lamb and pork

         5967 Stawell-Avoca Rd, Moonambel
        5467-2264 |

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• Situated beside the           • Clean and spacious
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• Walk to town centre           • Dogs permitted at                 farm, this unique accommodation provides
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Pyrenees – the place to play
ARTS in the Vines showcases creative
outdoors activities in stellar vineyards
across the Pyrenees with hands-on
workshops, intimate poetry sessions, live
music, Spontaneous Broadway and
wonderful sculpture.
  Even the Beaufort and Avoca markets
are celebrating with local produce and
artisan goods plus family activities such as
hula hooping and making tiny houses.
  One of the biggest events is Pyrenees
Unearthed, the annual post-harvest wine
celebration on the banks of the Avoca
River under the ancient gum trees on
April 9.
  The final event of this summer and
autumn campaign is an outdoor dinner for
150 with estate grown lamb and pork
served with Summerfield Wines. Look out
for Lamb. Pork. Wine. Fire on April 30.
  Find out more at

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      Resource Centre                                    “A journey back to childhood”
                                                                             Boiled Sweets ~ Licorice
      Joyce’s Squatters Hut
                                                                             Old Favourites ~ Fudge
      Outdoor Displays                                                       Lollypops ~ Chocolates
      Cottage Garden                                                              Special Occasion
     Open Sun 2 pm-4 pm, Tue & Thur 10 am-12 noon
                  or by arrangement                                              OPEN 7 DAYS
 Worsley Cottage and Museum Complex                                               5475-1136
          3 Palmerston St, Maryborough Vic 3465                                20 High Street, Maldon
                Ph: 5461-2518 or 5464-1063               

 YOUR FIRST STOP IN DUNOLLY                                                     Maryborough
          Bendigo Bank (Mon-Fri 10 am-2 pm)
       Local Information and Public Internet Access                              Craft Shop
          • ATM • Centrelink/Medicare Agency
          • V/Line Agency • Tourist Information                                   Local Handcrafts
        • Photocopying/Printing/Scanning/Faxing                                 Wool & Craft Supplies
DUNOLLY RURAL TRANSACTION CENTRE                                                     NEW MEMBERS
                           Open Monday to Friday                                       WELCOME
                              10 am to 4.30 pm              OPEN 7 DAYS A WEEK 10AM - 3PM
                           109 Broadway, Dunolly       48 Tuaggra Street (Woolworths Carpark) Maryborough
                             Ph/Fax: 5468-1205
                         Email:               Phone 5461-5201

     The finest bakery in the Goldfields

                                                           The Dunolly Museum
                                                         at 75 Broadway, Dunolly, Victoria,
                                                                  is operated by the
                                                        Goldfields Historical & Arts Society.
                                                       Browse our collection of gold nugget
                                                         casts, photographs, firearms and
                                                                local history records.
                                                               The museum is open
        Mon-Fri 7am - 4pm Sat-Sun 7am - 2pm             Tuesday & Wednesday 9.00 to 3.00
         97 Broadway, Dunolly 5468-1331                   and some Saturday and Sunday                                     afternoons.
Home cooking continues on Broadway
FOR many, the new year is                                            asset as they really know what
seen as a time of change, but                                        they are doing,” Jodie said.
for Jodie and Trevor Young, the                                         “Our regular customers have
start of 2022 signalled a very                                       been very welcoming. I grew up
different lifestyle.                                                 here so know a few of the locals
   The new owners of Dunolly                                         and my mum and sister still live
bakery All Day on Broadway                                           here so it’s a bit of a
officially took over the business                                    homecoming.”
on the first day of January this                                        As well as a steady local
year. So far, the couple and                                         trade, Jodie has noticed quite a
their customers have enjoyed the change.             few tourists coming into the café as travel
   “I normally like to play things very safe,”       conditions ease and Victorians discover their
Jodie said.                                          own ‘backyard’. For locals and travellers who
   “But we have always wanted to run our own         want a night off cooking, the cafe offers a
business. So, when the chance came up here,          variety of home cooked ‘heat and eat’ meals
we took the plunge.”                                 and have just started opening on Thursday and
   All Day on Broadway has built a reputation        Friday nights to cater for the fish and chip
for its yummy home-made meals, cakes and             connoisseurs.
warm welcome. Jodie said she and Trevor hope           “Most things are cooked here; our pies
to maintain the high standard set by the             sausage rolls and Cornish pasties are home-
previous owners and add a few of their own           made on the premises. The main aim at the
little touches.                                      moment is to keep the quality up and keep
   “We’ve kept the staff on which is a great         them coming through the door,” Jodie said.

 DUNOLLY PHARMACY                                      DUNOLLY TAKEAWAY
 • Health care advice • Webster packs                     Choose from our daily menu
 • NDSS • Medication reviews
 • Blood pressure monitoring                                               HEAT ‘N’ EAT
 • Prescription on file                                                    3 MEALS $25
 • Needle exchange service                                                  Call for our menu!
 • Skin care • Giftware
                     FREE HOME                                                 FISH ‘N’
                      DELIVERY                                                  CHIPS
                    (Dunolly, Tarnagulla, Bealiba,
                        Eddington, Timor                                         Thursday &
                          & Betley areas)                                       Friday nights
                              Open: Mon-Fri
                             9 am to 5.30 pm
                            Sat 9 am to 12 pm                                          Enjoy our
                                                                                        cakes &

 Ph: 5468-1522 | 119 Broadway, Dunolly                 OPEN MON-FRI 8AM-3PM & market sundays
 F: 5468-1587 | E:            98 Broadway, Dunolly 5468-1734

Welcome back to the Albion Hotel
   Peter and Tanya Burn welcome you back to The Albion.
With a refurbished hotel and motel rooms, and a new seasonal
  menu, now is a great time to book a table or book a room.

         NEW CHEF • NEW MENU
    Featuring your favourite
    traditional pub classics,
   house-made desserts and
     some fancier options,
    the menu is designed to
      treat your tastebuds.
        PLUS Kids’ Menu
       & $15 Lunch Menu

                  MOTEL UNITS
         Four rooms with queen beds and two rooms
                   with double & single beds
      Flat rate $100/night includes continental breakfast

        Tuesday to Wednesday - Bar Only 4pm to late
         Thursdays to Saturday – Bar 12noon to late
           Bistro (Meals) 12 to 2pm and 6pm to 9pm
   Sunday to Monday – Closed - Function bookings accepted
      BOOKINGS: 5461-1070 | 57 High Street, Maryborough
On your bike
AUTUMN is the ideal time to
experience the history and natural
beauty of the Central Goldfields by
cycling the tracks through the many
parks, forests and reserves. All tracks
differ in difficulty and distance.
   For a gentle, relaxing ride, try the
Carisbrook Settlers' Trail. The 24-
kilometre trail will take you through
forests and farmland, and you can stop
for a coffee along the way.                        country cycle on quiet, sealed and unsealed
   For the more adventurous, try the 80-           roads that take in Talbot, Clunes and Creswick.
kilometre Avoca Mountain View Trail. Starting         The route is a 115 km trip one way. It could
at Avoca, with a backdrop of the Pyrenees          be conducted as a return trip with an overnight
Ranges and tall red gums along its riverbanks,     stay, or be done in sections and links to railway
the ride takes in natural bush, farmland, cafes,   stations in the major towns for different access
galleries, specialty shops and accommodation.      points.
   The Ballarat-Maryborough Heritage Trail is         Detailed maps can be found online at
a cycle touring route connecting the major
townships of Maryborough and Ballarat via          maryborough-surrounds-victoria/cycle-central-
smaller settlements and other points of interest   goldfields-trails or pick up a printed copy at the
along the route. The route is designed for a       Central Goldfields Visitor Information Centre.


          Call in and see our incredible cycling memorabilia
                 and enjoy a coffee at Café Velo
                       We support all aspects of cycling
                         from recreational to racing
                    41 HIGH STREET, BENDIGO PH 4400 9001
                              TRINKETS & TREASURE TRAIL

To St Arnaud                                   25.
  40.5 km                  Bealiba                   m                                WE WOULD
                                                                                       LOVE TO
           Junction                                                                   HEAR FROM

                                            m                        To Bendigo          YOU!


                                                                      60.4 km
                                      3                                                Have you found anything

                                                         23.9 k
   To            Natte Yallock                                                      unexpected or special in your
Moonambel                                                            Bet Bet        fossicking? Do you have a
  19 km                                                                             favourite place to shop?

                                 29.4 km                                               Let us know - email
               18.2 km

                              Wareek             Bowenvale                             You can also access this
                                                                                    tour online just scan this
                                                              Maryborough           QR code.
                  Avoca              Bung Bong                     To Castlemaine
                                                                      47.9 km

  To Ararat
   63 km

                                                                       Clunes          FIND THIS
                                                                                      TOUR ONLINE
                                          To Ballarat 33.2 km

                                 NEW WEBSITE
     Memories from your past… and grandma’s
     144 High St, AVOCA Thursday-Monday 10am - 4pm 5465-3887

                                  TRINKETS & TREASURE TRAIL

AVOCA                                                         MARYBOROUGH
Sticky Beaks - 123 High St, Avoca. 0438 653 474.              Maryborough Marketplace – 47 Nolan St,
Open 7 days 10am - 4pm. Shared shop combining                 Maryborough. 0429 184 716. Open 7 days, 9.30am -
unique/funky crafts and clothing, antique bottles and items   3.30pm. Packed with a combined selection of new and old
of interest.                                                  goods. Collectables, books, records and jewellery.
Antiques Bottles & Collectables – 144 High St, Avoca.         Coach Factory Pickers Market – 84 Nolan Street,
0412 965 001. Open Thur - Mon 10am - 4pm. Includes            Maryborough. 0449 759 146. Open Mon - Fri 9am - 5pm,
an interesting selection of crystals, polished stones and     Sat & Sun 10am - 4pm. 25 independent stores selling
Australian minerals.                                          second-hand wares, antiques and collectables.
Avoca Recyclers – Cnr Rowe St and Hamer Ct, Avoca.            Granny’s Attic – 84 Nolan St, Maryborough.
0409 164 368. Open Mon - Fri 8.30am - 4.30pm,                 0418 352 801. Open 7 days. Buys and sells gold jewellery,
Sat 8.30am - 1pm. Second-hand recycled building               vinyl records and collectables. Cash paid for unwanted,
materials, deceased estates and furniture.                    broken or estate jewellery.
Westbury Antiques – 119 High St, Avoca. 5465 3406 or          Needful Things – 106 Nolan St, Maryborough.
0412 949 721. Open by appointment. English period             0427 590 180. Open 7 days, 9.30am - 2.30pm.
furniture (circa 17th & 18th century) and decorative arts.    Vintage toys and collectables, retro gaming.
For the discerning collector.
                                                              Maryborough Lions Club Bookshop – 124 High St,
Clydesdale Curios – 136 High Street, Avoca.                   Maryborough. 0484 764 578. Open Mon - Fri 9am - 4pm,
0451 400 917. Open Sat & Sun 11am - 4pm, weekdays by          Sat 9am - 1pm. A range of books to catch the eye of the
request. Household nick-nacks and items of interest.          most dedicated bookworm.
         The Olive & Lavender Store –                         Amaroo Antiques & Art – 82 Nolan St, Maryborough.
         106 High Street, Avoca. 5465-3777.                   0447 501 554. Open Mon, Wed, Thur, Fri 10am - 4pm.
         Open 7 days 8am - 4pm.                               Sat 10am - 1pm.
BEALIBA                                                       Railway Café & Tracks Bar – 29 Station St,
Serendipity – Main St, Bealiba. 0484 613 855.                 Maryborough. 5461 1362.
Open Fri - Sun 10am - 3pm or by appointment. Vintage          Open Wed - Fri 10am - 3pm, Sat & Sun 9am - 3pm.
wares, Australiana, books, vintage toys, bric-a-brac.
                                                                       Just Mabel – Corner Napier & Inkerman St,
CLUNES                                                                 Maryborough. 0431 490 028.
Clunes Bottle Museum – 70 Bailey St, Clunes.                  Open Thurs - Sun 10am - 3pm.
5345 3896. Thurs - Sun 11am - 4pm. Housed in the              Eclectic gifts, vintage and handcrafts.
decommissioned South Clunes State School, the collection
consists of more than six thousand historical bottles and     TALBOT
other related objects dating from 1500 AD to present time.    Talbot Bazaar – 2 Ballarat St North, Talbot. 5463 2002.
                                                              Open Sat - Sun 1am - 3pm or by appointment.
         O’Hara’s Café- Bakery – 24 Fraser St, Clunes.        Ever-changing range of antiques, collectables and décor
         5345 3700.                                           set inside an historic 150-year old bluestone hotel.

DUNOLLY                                                       Playing in the Attic – 13 Ballarat St, Talbot.
Broadway Antiques & Collectables – 115A Broadway,             0428 580 309. Open Fri - Mon 10am - 4pm.
Dunolly. 0447 783 696. Open Fri - Sun 10am - 4pm.             An extraordinarium of all wondrous things to encourage
                                                              creativity and play.
Dunolly Bakery – 97 Broadway, Dunolly.
5468 1331. Mon - Fri 7am - 4pm,                                       Court House Hotel– 7 Camp St, Talbot.
Sat - Sun 7am - 2pm.                                                  5463 2204. Open 7 days.

         Nik Nak’s Dunolly – 116 Broadway, Dunolly.
         0432 776 050 Open Sat & Sun 10.30am – 3pm            ONLINE
         or by appointment. Collectable china-ware, local     Sonia’s Treasure Chest – Collectable and
artwork and craft, fine and costume jewellery and, in the     vintage crockery, old books, vintage clothes,
Den, motor memorabilia and hobby collectables.                new classic perfume, tea towels and jewellery.

Autumn events to                                      On Sunday March 20 the skies over the
                                                   Serpentine Airfield will roar into life with
                                                   heart-stopping aerobatic and historical
showcase the                                       warbirds, as part of the Serpentine Aerial
                                                   Derby Centenary.

Loddon Valley                                         The day will also feature vintage aircraft,
                                                   historic display, street food, activities and even
                                                   a paper plane competition.
A NUMBER of special events are set to put             The weekend of March 25 to 27, the
the Loddon Valley and its rich natural beauty      Women on Farms Gathering in Inglewood will
on the national stage this autumn.                 include workshops, tours and local inspiring
  Kicking off the events extravaganza will be      women telling their stories, Saturday, March 26
the return of the annual favourite – the           will be a day for car enthusiasts and clubs, with
Minelab Detector Jamboree, held in                 both the Annual Logan Pub Car Show and
Wedderburn on March 12 and 13.                     Eddington Vintage Sports Car Club Sprints.
  This premier, family-friendly event features        The Logan event includes live music, food
detector skills, gold panning and the chance to    and icy cold drinks, free camping and even a
win some valuable prizes – including a             free breakfast, while at Eddington, drivers will
Minelab GPX 6000 valued at almost $8000.           race the quarter mile single car sprint along the
  The weekend will also host the Monster           town’s Playfair Street.
Town Garage Sales and Wedderburn                      Finally, enjoy a day of Celtic music, wares
Community House Country Market on the              and taste the flavour of Celtic countries –
Saturday, while Wedderburn’s Coach House           Scotland, Ireland, Cornwall and Wales – at the
Gallery and Museum will be open both               Bridgewater Celtic Festival, planned for
Saturday and Sunday.                               Sunday, April 24.


                     For further information contact:
                     The Loddon Visitor Information Centre
                     24 Wilson Street, Wedderburn
                     Phone: 03 5494 3489

Finding hidden treasure
RON Barry’s fascination with collecting                      shot in the dark was the law of the night; or a
antique bottles started more than 40 years ago.              place when the solo crack of a stock whip in
Today, Ron’s interest extends to any item that               the crisp fresh air would sound the awakening
can be classed as an antique or collectable, with            of all, and all would soon be raising glasses in
a priority on Australian content.                            cheers to the welcoming of new friends,” he
   Ron’s Avoca shop and market stall at the                  said.
Castlemaine Vintage Bazaar offer the ideal                      Ron also loves sharing his other passion –
opportunity for people to share his love of                  fossicking for rare gems – with others, and is
antiques.                                                    happy to help those new to collecting.
   “The growing world of collecting,                            Nothing can beat discovering hidden
researching, preserving or promoting our past                treasure, whether it’s a dusty tea set in
heritage and the items that were once of every               grandma’s garage, or digging to find that
day usage is vast, too vast to be custodian to               special gem. For those unsure of the value of
just a few,” Ron said.                                       their find, the online environment makes
                                                             specialised information available to all.
   “I invite people to join the fraternity and                  “We live at a fortunate time with the world at
venture down the road of discovery.”                         our finger tips,” Ron said.
   As Ron explains, the life of a historian or                  “Our website includes many features and
picker is spent in another time.                             content which will help the amateur or serious
   “Collectables and antiques take us back to a              collector of vintage items or gems to better
time when the laughter of several nationalities              understand and value the items they collect.”
signalled the birth of one; a time when a single      

    Dedicated to the history of
    Eucalyptus Distillation and
     the Blue Mallee Eucalypt
               ­ Handmade goods by
               local maker eucyblue:
              candles, reed diffusers,
             bath salts, bar soap and
                     liquid soap.
         ­ Stockist of local “Blue Mallee”
           Eucalyptus Oil and specialty
             Eucy cleaning products.                              Have your picture taken with the
      ­ Coffee, cold drinks, native Australian                     infamous Australian bushranger
      shortbread and handmade chocolates.                                 NED KELLY
   Museum hours: Thursday to Sunday 10am­4pm                                 By appointment only
 Guided tours including demonstration of eucalyptus oil
 distillation available 7 days, $8 pp. Bookings essential.
                                                                     LEE MEDLYN
  Eucalyptus Distillery Museum                                     HOME OF BOTTLES
           Inglewood                                            Showcasing pieces of historical significance.
                                                                   A must see during your stop at Clunes.
      20 Grant St, Inglewood (cnr Calder Hwy)
                                                              The largest collection of its kind on public display.
          P: 5438­3247 or 0402 697 780
          W:                                    70 Bailey Street, Clunes
           E:                            Thurs-Sun 11am-4pm or by appointment
                       @eucymuseum                                Steve 5461-4720 / Yvonne 5343-5281

5 things to do in Talbot
     playing in the attic                            1. The Talbot Walking Tour: Pick up a copy
                                                        of the walking tour map from the Talbot
                                                        Post Office, local pub or Central Goldfields
                                                        Visitor Information Centre.
                                                     2. The Talbot Museum: Housed in the former
                                                        Primitive Methodist Church, the museum
                                                        contains a wide range of items of historical
                                                        interest. Includes original buildings from
                                                        the Amherst Hospital and Dunach Primary
                                                     3. Pop in to Playing in the Attic, a new store
                                                        specialising art supplies, cards and wrap,
                                                        puzzles and games.
     A burst of colour that is the whimsy and
     quirkiness of Playing in the Attic, a curious   4. Visit the Court House Hotel, first
     extraordinarium of all wondrous things,            established in 1861 and still providing
     sourced locally and globally, to encourage         traditional, old-fashioned service.
     creativity and play.                            5. Chesterfield House. The original building
               13 Ballaarat Street, Talbot              from the 1860s is home to Talbot Bazaar,
              Open Fri – Mon 10am­4pm                   an antique/collectable store, while the
                                                        cottages at the back offer contemporary
                    0428 580 309                        accommodation.

                                                                   Talbot Bazaar
                                                                 Chesterfield House

         A country hotel/motel with
      old-fashioned country hospitality
                                                      Enjoy browsing our ever-changing range of antiques,
            situated in the historic                      collectables and decor all set inside an historic
            mining town of Talbot                              150-year-old bluestone hotel in Talbot.
                    PUB MEALS                            Open Saturdays and Sundays 11 am‐3 pm
                    PUB ROOMS                                          or by appointment.
                    PUB PRICES                                                 Accommodation features five
                                                                                  cottages (twin share),
                                                                                outdoor pool and one acre
               OPEN 7 DAYS                                                       of lush english and native
                                                                                gardens. Book direct with
     12 Camp St                    5463-2204                                         owner 5463‐2002.

Time to play
PLAYING in the Attic is a curious
extraordinarium of papery delights to
encourage creativity and play. After a successful
six years in Sturt Street, Ballarat, Trudy
McLauchlan (pictured) is opening Playing in
the Attic in her new hometown of Talbot.
   Located at the corner of Ballaarat Street and
Scandinavian Crescent, the shop – which
originally opened as a bootmaker in 1862 – has
been refurbished and will delight with colour
and design to lead you on a merry dance of
   Within the shop you will find beautiful letter
writing sets from the Netherlands and Italy,
quirky notebooks from Prague, paper theatres
from Covent Garden, rubber stamps
handmade in Germany and locally made art
products from the region.                                                 discover and explore.
   As well as art supplies, cards and wrap,                                 Playing in the Attic will open from Friday to
puzzles and games, there may be the odd blue                              Monday from 10 am to 4 pm. Pop in and say
parrot or wooden Pinocchio, all beautifully                               hello to Trudy, she’s very excited to be in
curated in one little space ready for you to                              Talbot and to be sharing her little shop.

                                                                           The authentic heritage railway linking
                                                                             the historic gold mining towns of
                                                                                 Castlemaine and Maldon
 Our friendly volunteer staff will ensure you have a memorable day out on
 your train ride through the central Victorian Goldfields.
 * Family friendly compartments- where the kids can lean out the window and enjoy the scenery.
 * A touch of first class- experience a little of the Golden Age of rail travel in Edwardian splendour
   or Art Deco style carriages with open lounges, full bar service and end viewing platform.
 * Ride with the driver- for a small extra fare you can ride in the cab. Pre bookingFTTFOUJBM.

 Trains run Wednesdays and Sundays plus term school holiday Saturdays and some publicholidays.
 For detailed timetable and fare information please visit our website.
 Online bookings are strongly recommended.                          email:

Timor historical tour
GOLDFIELDS Historical & Arts Soc (Dunolly
Museum) runs regular tours in the goldfields of
sites not included on the standard tourist route.
   They have been kind enough to share a
recent tour, for tourists to take a self-guided trip
down memory lane.
   With thanks to John Tully.
   This is the story of five settlements, all
different, all next to each other; Chinamans
Flat, Central Chinamans, Bowenvale, Timor &

   Starting from Maryborough travel towards Timor.       Watson’s Store painted by William Tibbetts 1873
Turn left into Andersons Rd. After 500m stop at the
house on the left.                                       U turn and stop at the slight bend in the road.
   Watson’s Folly                                        Chinamans Flat
   Alexander Watson built a two-storey store             On the east side of the diggings was the stie
and hotel here about 1871. It was too far from         of Chinamans Flat township in 1856. It was
the main road to get much business and                 intended to be a grand town with streets
became known a ‘Watson’s Folly’. The building          named Regent, The Strand, The Quadrant,
is still here but the top storey has been              Picadilly & Pall Mall. It even had its own
removed.                                               newspaper.

                                                           Visit our tiny
                                                            town every
                                                           third Sunday
                                                           of the month

                                                            EXPLORE A
                                                           LARGE RANGE
                                                            OF ARTISAN
                                                           FOOD & WINE

                                                             Scandinavian Street, Talbot VIC   3371
                                                                        0459 327 637
The population of 30,000 did not last and                  Continue 1 km to the Timor Store.
when the main road was moved to its present                  Timor
location the town died.                                      Timor is the Aboriginal name for the creek
  The 14-year-old singer, actress and dancer               here. The Timor Store was built in 1871 and
Miss Julia Matthews performed at the Theatre               was originally the Timor Hotel. The store
Royal in Piccadilly. Three years later she was             closed in 1997. Next to here is the wooden lock
renowned as the love interest of Robert                    up moved here when the Timor Police Station
O’Hara Bourke when he left on the Burke &                  was closed.
Wills Expedition.
                                                             Turn into Bet Bet Creek Rd and stop at the school.
   Continue back to the bitumen and turn left. Stop just     The Timor School has been here since 1873.
before the Alma Bowenvale Rd.
   Central Chinamans                                          Follow the signs to the Grand Duke Mine
   There is an historic water pipe stand here                 Grand Duke Mine
dating from 1879. This area was known as                      This mine started as the Duke & Timor
Central Chinamans and once boasted four                    Mine, changed its name to Duke Mine, then
hotels, These were the Ballarat, Company,                  finally Grand Duke. From 1873 to 1896 this
Harry’s and Ellan Vannin. Ellan Vannin is the              company produced 216,000 oz of gold. The
Manx name for the Isle of Man.                             pump arch from 1873 supported a heavy
   To the west of here was the imposing                    Cornish beam pump that was raising
Lauderdale, residence of William and                       10,000,000 litres of water per day. Twelve men
Elizabeth Lauder. They were friends of Adam                were killed at this mine in seven different
Lindsay Gordon who used to stay here.                      accidents.

                                                              Return to the Timor Rd and turn right. Stop 200 m
                                                           over the bridge.
                                                              North of the Bet Bet Creek was known as
                                                           Coxtown after Cox Butcher who built the
                                                           Bridge Hotel here in 1856. It closed in 1916.
                                                           The hotel was on the small rise on your left.
                                                              The Duke mine tunnelled under here. A
                                                           cave-in that killed two miners also took out one
                                                           wall of the hotel. There is a large depression
                  Lauderdale c1876                         making the site of the collapse.

  Continue 200m and stop opposite Reservoir Rd
  From here to Bet Bet Creek Rd is officially
Bowenvale. It was named after George Bowen
the governor of Victoria 1873-1879.
  This area was mainly established as
residences for the miners working in the deep
lead mines in the 1870-1900 period. The area
around Reservoir Rd was the rougher, red light
district of Bowenvale.
  Phillip Treffene was born in a hotel here in
1873. He became one of Western Australia’s
worst murderers.                                                Sunken ground from 1874 mine collapse

On the trail of art
AFTER the uncertainty of the last few years,
organisers of the Tiny Towns Art Trail are
optimistic about the annual event in 2022.
  According to Judy Meldrum, one of the trail
organisers, the last two years have been tough
for artists.
   “Opportunities have dried up and others
were significantly impacted by the lockdowns
and other restrictions. It was hard to stay
motivated and creative in the face of such
difficult circumstances,” she said.
  “But it also provided opportunities to
discover what’s important, and to connect with
what’s truly meaningful in our lives.”                Tiny Towns Arts Trail used their creative
  Pandemic restrictions saw many people            downtime to focus on developing a website to
turning to the arts as a means to cope with        help regional creators stay connected and as a
periods of isolation and boredom. Whether          tool for building on the successes of the annual
through music, books, Netflix, online              trail weekend.
performances, cooking or painting lessons, the        Now in its sixth year, the trail brings many
importance of creativity and art was               visitors to the region and has become an
highlighted by the experience of the past two      anticipated annual event for local artists and
years.                                             the community. Each year over the Anzac long

                                  Enjoy the quiet and relaxing
                                      atmosphere of the
                              GOLDEN COUNTRY MOTEL
                                AND CARAVAN PARK
                                        In Maryborough
                                     We have several different
                               accommodation options, including
                              motel rooms, self-contained cabins and
                                villas and powered ensuite sites.
                                    • Pet Friendly • Inground Pool
                                  • Camp Kitchen • Family Friendly
                              • Children’s Playground • BBQ Facilities
                                • TV & Recreation Room • Free Wi-Fi
                                  Book direct with us and save!

                                    Proprietors - Terri and Dirk
                                Located opposite Golf & Bowls Club
                                   134 Park Road, Maryborough
                                                03 5461 1101

weekend artists open their studios, hang their     new. The 2022 trail will encompass Clunes,
work in local cafes, and inhabit makeshift         Talbot, Maryborough, Adelaide Lead, Avoca,
gallery spaces within their tiny towns. Visitors   St Arnaud, Bealiba, Dunolly and Tarnagulla.
experience the opportunity to peek into the          The Tiny Towns Arts Trail Portrait Prize will
creative hearts and working spaces of local        go ahead again this year, after last year’s
artists.                                           successful exhibition. Visitors on the trail will
   The trail is open to professional, emerging     have the chance to vote for their favourite
and amateur artists living and working in the      entry, with the winner announced on the final
tiny towns scattered throughout the Central        day. There will also be opportunities to go into
Goldfields and surrounding shires. It is a         a draw to win some fabulous artwork and other
dynamic event and each year offers something       prizes.                          Continued over page

                                        Enjoy your stay with us
                                        Maryborough Caravan Park is perfectly positioned on
                                        Lake Victoria within walking distance to town centre,
                                            swimming pool, children’s playgrounds and
                                                       local sporting facilities.

      Choose from fully self-contained one or two bedroom deluxe lake view cabins, two
    bedroom executive cabins or an open plan standard cabin. Caravans, motor homes and
       tents are well catered for with shady sites in summer and sunny sites in winter.
                                        • Sheltered free electric BBQ
                                        • Camp kitchen               • Guest laundry
                                        • Children’s playground      • Pet friendly
                                        • Two modern amenities buildings, including baby bath
                                          and facilities for disabled

 7-9 Holyrood Street, Maryborough | 5460-4848 |

This year’s trail visitors have
the option to pre-order either a
picnic basket through the
gorgeous High Tea Mistress in
Clunes, or hamper packed with
locally produced goodness from
Squirrel Gully Saffron in
Dunolly to take with them as
they explore the many fabulous
artists and exhibitions on the
trail. If picnics aren’t your thing
there are many fine places to eat
in towns along the trail.
   As a lead in to the 2022 trail
organisers have arranged a pre-
trail exhibition at Puzzle Flat Art
Gallery on Broadway in Dunolly
titled Small Works, Big Dreams,
which opens on March 5 and
runs until April 10. The trail
itself will run across three days
from Saturday, April 23 to
Monday, April 25.
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Pick up a picnic at Squirrel Gully
TINY Towns Trail art lovers will have the             “I’ve moved into more easy-to-use products
chance to see how saffron is produced on           to make it more accessible so home cooks are
Anzac Day weekend as Rosemary Pamic and            not scared of using saffron. I’ve recently
Drew Black open the gates to Squirrel Gully        released a new Spanish-inspired sofrito salt
Saffron Farm on the outskirts of Dunolly.          that’s a mix of pyramid salt from Boort
  “I’ve developed some new products for            blended with saffron, smoked paprika, garlic,
people who are making their own food at            lemon zest and a few other bits and pieces.
home,” Rosemary said.                                 “The salts are a ready-to-go product made to
                                                   be very easy for the home cook and can be
Squirrel Gully                                     sprinkled on salads, roast veg, marinate chicken
Saffron and                                        or fish.”
corn chowder                                          Rosemary is looking forward to welcoming
with Simpson’s                                     visitors to the farm on the weekend of April 23
pantry chilli                                      to 25, and will be selling Squirrel Gully picnic
and lime                                           packs as tourists make their way along the Tiny
crisps                                             Towns trail.
                                                      “It’s probably the best time of year to see the
Ingredients:                                       saffron flowers in bloom just before they are
30 gm butter                                       picked,” Rosemary said.
100mg of Squirrel Gully Saffron                       “It’s always lovely to chat with our customers
1 onion, chopped                                   and give them a few hints on how best to use
2 sticks of celery, chopped                        our products when they are cooking at home.”
2 cloves of garlic, chopped
2 large potatoes, diced
1 x 400gm tin of sweet corn
750ml vegetable stock
Spring onions to garnish
To make the crisps:
Simson’s Pantry Lime and Chilli wraps
Olive oil spray
Sea salt
                                                    Tempt your tastebuds
In a large saucepan, melt the butter, sauté the     Saffron Cultured Butter Kit
onions, celery, garlic and saffron until golden.    Saffron Salt
Add the diced potatoes and sweet corn, brown        Cook at Home Paella Kits
slightly before adding the veg stock.               Saffron and Lime
Simmer for approx 30 mins until potatoes are        Dulce de Membrillo
tender.                                             Saffron and Muntrie
Meanwhile, pre-heat the oven to 180C.               Berry Sherbet
Cut the wraps into ribbons, arrange on a
baking tray, spray with olive oil and season        Proudly grown in Dunolly
                                                    in the heart of the
with sea salt. Bake for approx 10 mins.             Victorian Goldfields
To serve, blitz the soup until smooth and
garnish with spring onions and Lime and             0424 060 281
Chilli crisps.                            

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