24.04.2014 - 24.04.2014 20 °C
Day 40 At Beechworth
Todays Blog will only cover the one day as we have done a lot.
First stop today was at the Visitors Centre to obtain some maps and advice regarding tomorrows ANZAC Day activities then we started on our self drive tour of the area.
Next stop was at Woolshed Falls which although not extremely high was a very nice picturesque site. I took quite a few photos including one of the English Gent showing off at the edge. Woolshed falls was where early gold miners used the water in extracting the alluvial gold in the area.
We returned back down the road a bit then turned off on the Gorge Drive a one way, 5km drive which was constructed in 1926 to provide access to the scenic countryside near Beechworth. Just past One Tree Hill there was a quite good area to pull over to take photos of the countryside.
Next stop was at the old Powder magazine which was built to hold gunpowder for mining operations. This is a National Trust Building.
Onwards then to Spring Creek Bridge which was built as part of the scenic drive.
Newton Bridge was built by Scottish stone masons in 1875 to replace an original wooden structure. The granite keystone bridge is built without the use of any mortar. When it was built it was considered the best bridge in the Colonies.
A water powered mill once stood at the head of the falls on Spring Creek. Built in 1875, it supplied the townspeople with flour and timber. The tail race or channel (2.4 metres deep and 410 metres long) visible below the bridge, was cut through solid granite over a two year period in the late 1860’s, enabling the area upstream to be sluiced for gold.
Back to the vans for lunch and as we were departing for our continuing tour, 9 caravans belonging to other members of our caravan club were just arriving to join us.
We had a look at the lovely public primary school in Beechworth which is still serving the community.
On the to the village of Stanley and up onto Mt. Stanley (1046 metres), for magnificent views of the whole area. The mountains around about look absolutely fabulous. An Interesting sign on the fence around the communication towers warns to watch for falling ice in the area.