Thursday, July 28, 2011

A little bit of Australiana

Recently we went for a visit to Balranald, New South Wales and 
from Melbourne its about a 5 hour trip there and back.

We had a great weekend with awesome company and hospitality.
We were taken around Balranald and enjoyed the picturesque countryside

Yanga Sheep Station 1916

The Sheep Shearing Season in Balranald occurred generally from August to
September. it coincided with a high river so the paddles steamers could navigate the 
Murrumbidgee River. The wool could then be transported to market
shortly after shearing occurred.

The station has been closed now for three years but you
could still smell the sheep who had previously passed through.
About 90,000 sheep were shawn each season.

One of the caretakers cottages.

Yanga Homestead

On the way we passed through Taradale and this beautiful bridge
is still in operation today.

As you can see I had fun with the sepia in Photoshop just to give
you more sense of the time.

Shearers quarters

The weather was glorious and we were getting around in Tshirts in the middle of winter.
Maybe I should consider Balranald for retirement.
All in all it was a great weekend.

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