"There's still gold to be found" Warrandyte by sirgaw
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Gold, gold, GOLD went the cry in in July 1851 as the first gold found in the Colony of Victoria was found not at Ballarat, but at Warrandyte (then known as Anderson's Creek), which today is an outer suburb of Melbourne.
There's still gold in them thare hills and gullies and along the creek beds that dot the landscape of Warrandyte, but its only small traces. The real gold is the weekend visitors to the area who today flock to the antique shops, art galleries and eateries that line the main street, which follows the curves of the Yarra River and the main street is aptly named Yarra Street.
Warrandyte is Sunday drive capitol of Melbourne and well worth a visit. Although the area is part of the greater metropolis of Melbourne, it is almost a rural backwater and populated by many artists and musicians - so many that you'd have trouble trying to sling a cat without hitting one.
A stroll down Yarra Street and the real gold can be found - almost every shop has a coffee machine - so there's the black gold, or is that latte please, or an original oil painting by a local artist. There's gold in the antique shops and particularly at "Ratty and Moles" (see tip) or a few kilometres at Potters Cottage where even more coffee and art waits for the weekend tripper. There's a great bakery almost next door to Ratty and Moles - and yes coffee too, although they do do a pretty good Devonshire Tea or coffee.
There's a reasonable collection of eateries and the pick of the crop is Bolero's (see tip) or the Warrandyte Hotel where you may rub shoulders with a local artist washing down the taste of the oil paint with a cleansing ale or more likely - and knowing artists - a red wine.
Warrandyte has a colourful past of gold mining, a rich collection of older buildings and a sense of community not seen in many other parts of Melbourne - the local Mechanics Institute Hall is a hive of community based cultural activity.
According to the Warrandyte Historical Society, the name "Warrandyte" comes from the Wurundji (sometimes spelt Wurundjeri) "that which is thrown" and relates to the dreamtime story of how the river valley was created - a narrow gorge through the surrounding hills.
Although a walk along the Yarra River bank is suggested, please try and avoid feeding the wild ducks. The area is also hazardous in summer and visitors should be aware of the threat of bush fires and heed warnings of total fire ban days. As the area is very "bushy" please watch your steps as snakes are an ever-present danger.
Enjoy your stay in Warrandyte and yes gold fever is alive and well - that's the gold of credit cards and cash from the swarms of visitors.
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