Bendigo Haymarket Motor Inn
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... the population surged from a few hundred in 1851 to 20,000 in 1852.
In the 1880's the combination of wealth from the alluvial gold and the deep reef mines saw Bendigo become one of the richest cities in the world.
Also in the 1880's there was a new wave of Chinese immigration. The Chinese avoided the Victorian government's port arrival tax of 10 pounds per person by disembarking at Port Adelaide or Robe, then walking ...
... As we pass by the lake we spot a swan family. Normally this time of year you will not spot cygnets but this year many animals are spawning early due to the rather warm weather in May. They are soooooooooooo fluffy!! You just want to pick them up and cuddle them. Mom and Dad are very vigilant though and will not allow you to get too close. Unlike in North American where ...
Wow, we were off again for a mini trip! I got a bit excited when I saw all the preparations, and then it sort of stopped. Are we going away or not, people! Perhaps Dad not that well this morning, so a wait and see job. Turns out it was weather thing - they where not too sure if it was going to rain! Mum had had a whole week off and I had been getting up at dawn every day to check out ...
... a few drinks too. No doubt that'll be installed by now! Was great to meet the kids too. Young Luke has been voted "cutest kid ever". A title I'm sure he'll hold for some time. Thanks guys!!
Next day we were off to Kilmore - home of Harry and Rikki. It's only an hour or so, so we did an underground tour of the Central Deborah Gold Mine in Bendigo first. Good stuff. Not something any of us had seen before. I wasn't aware ...
... started to settle on the horizon, the fire was lit to continue with the supply of warmth.
It's still quite cool but we still have this place to ourselves.
Just so nice.
25 – 26/6/13
The beautiful weather continues.
We have been walking from 1 to 2 ½ hours each day, building up our stamina.
Some of the walks have involved descents that seem to go on and on, resulting with some quite steep ascents and a few have ...