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Clunes, a country town in Victoria
Step back into the past at Clunes
My favourite part of Victoria is the Central Goldfields region.
So much of who we are today was forged up here in the gold country,
Clunes population 900, is full of gold history, a vintage town and an idyllic destination for the weekend getaway, or just for a country drive day trip.
On the Goldfields
So much of who we are today was forged up here in the gold country.
The goldminers introduced male franchise and secret ballots based on Chartist principles and, as gold dwindled, pressures for land reform, protectionism and political reform grew and generated social struggles
In 1873 mine employers attempted to introduce Saturday afternoon and Sunday shifts. The miners refused to sign the new terms outlined in their contract renewals and went on strike.
Some days into the action the miners organised the Clunes Miners' Association and what were to become known as the Clunes Riots, successfully resisting the use of foreign labour as strikebreakers.
The Post Office in Clunes
Mt Beckworth Nature Reserve
Just 8 km out of Clunes is the scenic Nature Reserve at Mt Beckworth, home to the Dja Dja Wrung people before the Gold Rush.
The Nature Reserve is just beautiful, especially in Spring, when the native wildflowers are in bloom. There more than 250 species found in the Resrerve including 35 species of orchids. Please don't pick the wildflowers!
Grey Kangaroos, Black Wallabies, Echidnas, Possums, Sugar Gliders and Koalas live alongside of over 100 species of native birds. I've seen Wedge-tailed Eagles here, and the Peregrine Falcon too, the swiftest of the hunters in the skies.
There are several pincic areas reached by walking tracks. Be careful if you want to walking off the tracks - the protected native wildlife includes several snakes.
Wedge Tailed Eagle
Where is Clunes?
Little Country Towns I love
I've always wanted to live in a little country town on Victoria.
As a child I dreamed of large red gums to climb, the bush to explore and my own pony in a paddock. Now I imagine an acre of organic vegetables and a dam stocked with yabbies.
Best Country Towns in Victoria
How about you?
Have you ever seen a wedge tailed eagle?
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