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In Canowindra you will find The finest collection of Holden cars in Australia.There is a place where Holden-cars are sold in Canowindra since several decades and the owner of this shop also holds the largest collection of Holdencars worldwide. Holden is a part of the GM-company, so they might look like an Opel or other GM-cars, but in fact they were built in Australia and are called Holden.
My pics 2 & 3:The Age of Fish-museum is the main reason for most tourists to come to Canowindra. I had a look inside the museum and found it interesting, although I mainly came for the Holden-cars I have to admit !
You will see a lot of fossils there and learn about early ages of this world.
My 4th pic: The Canowindra Historical Museum is close to the Age of Fishes museum and it consists of several buildings around the former trainstation of Canowindra. I did not go inside that museum, as it was closed, but already from outside you can take a look through the fence and see some great agricultural machineries and a lot more.
You will see some really great and interesting facades in Canowindra, when taking a walk from the museum of the old fishes to the motor-museum and the Holden-collection. That distance will be around 800 meters maybe and i can highly recommend that you walk that distance, so you will not miss any of these great buildings.
Directions: Canowindra is quite close to Binalong and Yass.
Dungog was a big surprise for me on my way to Stroud and I can highly recommend to dedicate some time to explore this lovely village as well!
In my 1st pic: The oldest cinema, still operating in Australia is in Dungog,and they even have a regular film-festival there, showing mainly australian movies.
My 2nd pic: Dungog has a lot of really interesting and quite unique shop-facades and they look like the ones I remember from old movies. And most of these facades had certainly to be imported from Great Britain or other parts of the world, so it was certainly quite expensive to have such a shop.
My 3rd picture: a wonderfull building in Victorian style that was built in 1876 as a residence and store for John Wade, a rich cornflour-mill proprietor. A stable and a bakery was added in the year 1900 and some years later the lovely victorian fences of the balconies had been removed, but finally in 1987 they were taken back there.
My 4th picture: The school of arts of 1972 was first a wooden building (that burned down some years later) and the house that you see there today dates back to the year 1898.
Nowadays this building is the seat of the Dungog Historical Society.
My last picture: This house is named Coolalie, and that means "Southern wind" in the aboriginal language and it is the name of this beautiful building in Victorian style, that was built in 1895 for the local shopkeeper Henry Dark, his wife and eight children. This building is privately owned by the same family since 1954.
Directions: Dungog is in the far north of Sydney, and close to Stroud.
The National Transport Museum in Inverell / NSW
The National Transport Museum in Inverell had the biggest and also the most interesting collection of cars that I saw in my tour through NSW, BUT unfortunately this museum is inside of 2 quite small buildings for this number of exhibits and so you see most of the exhibits just from the front and they look like beeing parked in a garage one after the other.
I very much prefer museums, where I could also see the backside of a car or the sideline-silhouettes etc. and that is possible only for a few exhibits in that museum, like the ones I show here in my last 2 pictures.
You will find more than 120 cars, buses and trucks in this great museum !
Directions: Inverell is 674km north-west of Sydney, so that is quite a distance and hard to drive in 1 day one way.
The old courthouse of Nelligen
Nelligen is a small village nowadays and the first settlers got there already in 1854. A lot of early buildings are still there to be visited by tourists and so I made a short stop there of 2 hours to take a look around.
In my 1st picture: The old courthouse of Nelligan was built in 1893 and in 1940 it was transferred into the anglican Church of the village.
From this church you also have a great view down on the river and a tiny belfry is standing in front of the church, where you will also find some benches under a covered terrace.
my 2nd picture: The old Postoffice is a B&B now.
In 1858 the very first postoffice of Nelligan was built in the shop of a local merchant, before this pretty building in my became the Postoffice between 1900 and 1982.
Then it was transferred into a modern Guesthouse, it looks like a really great place to stay for some days ! there is a small terrace in front of some rooms and a great garden and fence around the house.
In my 3rd picture: The former catholic church of Nelligan is for sale now and it is the most impressive church of Nelligan with a giant tree in front of it and also a bit of garden around the church.
In my 4th picture: The Mechanics Institute was established in 1903. The building was made of a hardwood frame and a tallow wood floor sitting on gum piers set into the ground. This building was also used as school of arts at the same time and for social gatherings.
In my 5th picture: The cemetery of Nelligan is a bit outside of the village, it is best to drive there by car !
Some of the graves are in the woods, some are spread over the hill. I had a little walk around that cemetery because I was looking for european names and inscriptions.
Directions: Nelligen is on the main road from Batehaven to Canberra ! Just take Road Nr.52 !
The Bowen Chambers in Stroud
I think that this village should be visited by all tourists travelling north of Sydney: The historic village of Stroud was founded in 1824 by the Australian Agricultural Company (AAC). The village was surrouded by a fence and by 2 gates in 1826 in order to defend the town against the perceived threat of convicts and lifestock.Nowadays you can still see a replica of one of these gates !
You can still see 30 heritage buildings in Stroud, the oldest of them beeing the Quambi House, that dates back to the year 1830 and was built as a school-house.
My 1st picture: The Bowen Chambers is an insurance-company and their house is worth seeing as well for tourists. With its clocktower I first thought it would be the postoffice.
My 2nd picture: The old courthouse of Stroud dates back to the year 1876 and it was built on the place of a much older courthouse that had been built in 1826, when the first settlers came to Stroud.
My 3rd picture: the old postoffice of Stroud dates back to the year 1826. It is still used by the post-office and has another shop there as well.
my 4th picture: Quambi House was built in 1831 by Sir Edward Perry, who was the Superintendant of the Australian Agricultural Company, as a school-house for the village and as accomodation for the school-master.
my 5th picture: Silo Hill was a store for pest-free storage of grain and other products inside of underground-silos that were built into the hill in the year 1841. These silos are empty nowadays, but some of them can be visited.
On that hill you will also see 2 cannons now, that were built in England in 1855 and were shipped to Australia in order to defend Sydney in the Crimean War.
Directions: Stroud is a bit more than a daytrip in the north of Sydney.
the postoffice of Forbes
I mainly drove to Forbes for its famous car-collection, but then I found out that the town itself has some very interesting buildings as well!
In my 1st picture: the postoffice of Forbes is an impressive building that dates back to the end of the 19th century. You will find it in the very centre of the town, next to some other great buildings, so make a stop and talk a walk of maybe 1 hour to see them all !
My 2nd picture: The townhall of Forbes was built on Victoria Square and it is the next building that I found quite interesting in style and architecture. This townhall was built in 1891, at the time, when Forbes was a rich and wealthy gold mining town . The times of goldmining are over now, but these great buildings remained.
My 3rd photo: The courthouse of 1880 !You will hardly find any village or town in New South Wales without its own Court House. That was obviously necessary as Australia's first settlers were mainly convicts...
In most places,where I saw such courthouses, the police-station is still to be found next to them.
My 4th picture: the War memorial
and finally my 5th picture: Mr. Ben Hall standing on a monument in front of the tourist-information and this is the inscription of the monument:
though he was long suspected of beeing an accomplice of Frank Gardiner.
For more than 2 years Hall bailed up mail coaches, travellers, Inn-keepers,
squatters and storekeepers in the Lachlan district.
Aged 27 he was shot by a police party of eight,
led by sub-inspector James Henry Davidson
on 5 May 1865 about 20km northwest of Forbes.
This statue was commissioned by Ben Hall 3rd
(great grandson of Ben Hall)
and sculptured by Pamela Norman.
Directions: Forbes is North-West of Sydney, but it is more than a daytrip to get there.
Wollongong is a small village in the south of Sydney and it was my very first stop on my tour through New South Wales. This town is great for shopping and it also has a few sights for tourists. For the excellent Car-museum of Wollongong you will find the infos in another tip and for the town itself you might need about 2 hours to explore these sights:
Pics 1 & 2 : Take a walk along the port of Wollongong and you will see the great light-tower next to some cannons on top of a small hill that gives you also a good panorama-view of the town and its beaches. Close to that lighttower you will find a nice beach with toilets, changing facilities and even showers, totally free of charge and open all day and night.
pic 3: The old Court-Houses of 1858 is close to the port as well and houses now the Environment and Heritage Centre of Wollongong.
pic 4: The Illawarra Museum is a museum about the Illawarra-district, that is the area around of Wollongong, Shellharbour and Kiama in the south of Sydney. This building was built in 1882 as the Post Office of Woolongong.
pic 5: I found these great mosaiques, made in the kind of Aboriginees art in the pedestrian zone of Woolongong.
Directions: You need about 3-4 hours to drive to Woolongong from Sydney centre.
Mcc Feeters Motormuseum in Forbes
The Mcc Feeters Motormuseum in Forbes is an excellent collection of Vintage Cars and when you walk around that museum you will be able to see a lot of its exhibits from various sides and also from the upper floor. They show luxury cars as well as trucks and they even have a rare car from Japan, a Cadillac that was used for funerals !
Read more about this great museum and see lots of extra photographs in the travelogues of my Forbes-page !
This museum is open daily from 9am-5pm
Closed only on Christmas Day !
entrancefee is 10,- AUS
Directions: The Mcc Feeters Motormuseum is directely along the mainroad through Forbes, so you cannot miss it !
The Motor Museum in Parkes
Parkes has a great collection of cars as well and I can highly recommend this museum as well. At first you will walk through the Elvis-museum and then you will see a collection of 24 cars and 10 motorcycles in that museum and there are lots of other motoring memorabilia as well, so it is really worth to take a look inside !
The Pioneer Park Antique Machinery Collection is another part of the Henry Parkes Museum and you will see there some more of the early trucks and a lot of great machineries, that were used mainly in agriculture - see my last 2 pictures here.
You will need another hour at least in order to explore all of these exhibits that you will find in the park around of the museum in inside of various sheds as well.
Read more about it my my Parkes-page with lots of extra pics in the travelogues
This museum is open:
Monday - Friday 9am - 4pm
Sat/Sun & Public Holidays 10am - 4pm
Directions: This museum is along the main road through Parkes, so you cannot miss it !
The Motorlife-museum in Wollongong
In Wollongong you will find a great car-collection, it was certainly one of the best 3 such museums that I saw in Australia so far. You will find lots of interesting sportscars and cars of everyday life of the early years of automobils there and there are also lots of interesting vintage-trucks, a great car of the firebrigades and even some old buses. A nice collection of car-accessories is also on display in that car-museum like old filling-stations and many other exhibits and you will even find some caravans of the early days - how funny to see how that all has started !
The Motorlife-museum in Wollongong is open for visitors:
Tuesday to Sunday 9.30am to 4.30pm
entrancefee is 11 AUS
Directions: The adress is called Wollongong, but in reality you have to drive 20km before you get there from the town of Wollongong.
Find the museum here on the map !
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