Crazy Roadside Attractions
Attractions in Australia not all tourists see
These pages will show off some of the great and some crazy attractions in Australia.
My plan was to show you a few crazy attractions that I have visited around the world in the last 40 years.
However I soon found that I had to many great things just here in Australia.
So I might have to make a another lens for those odd attractions world wide.
Most of these places are not seen by tourists, when they come to visit Australia.
Why they miss out is hard to explain, I'm sure you will agree that, that these are very
interesting and worth while places to see.
Worlds Longest Golf Course 1365 Kilometers
Although I have driven up and down the roads where this Golf course is, it was 40 years before it was built.
That was back in 1969 when I did a Road Trip from Australia to Germany in a 4x4.
I should go back and play a hole or two.
The Nullarbor Links as it's called, was opened in 2009. It is a 18 hole par 72 golf course, said to be "the World's Longest Golf course", situated along 1,365 kilometres of the Eyre Highway that crosses the southern coast of Australia in two states (Western Australia and South Australia), notably crossing the Nullarbor Plain.
Depending on which direction you travel, it either starts in the goldmining town of Kalgoorlie, Western Australia or the coastal town of Ceduna, South Australia.
It will take about four days to complete the course, if all goes well.
The shortest hole (Brumby's Run) is 125 metres, par 3.
The longest hole (Dingo's Den) is 538 metres, par 5.
The average distance between holes is 66 kilometres.
Two of the holes are almost 200 kilometres apart.
The 520m, par 5 Wombat Hole commemorates the nearby, largest colony of Southern Hairy Nosed Wombats.
Important info about some of the holes.
Fraser Range Sheep Station
Hole 1: Sheep’s Back Par 3 – 141 meters
Just follow the signs, and watch where you step.
Hole 1: Skylab Par 3 – 175 meters
Go through the scrub, and beware of snakes.
Hole 1: 90 Mile Straight Par 4 -310 Meters
Through trees – lost ? follow the signs
Hole 1: Dingo’s Den Par 5 – 538 meters
Watch the crow – He takes your balls !!! Try spraying smelly stuff on the balls.
At the Balladonia Roadhouse you can visit the museum.
This is where the fiery re-entry of NASA's Skylab space station in 1979 happened.
They have a collection of documents from NASA, a recreation of actual events, photos and related ephemera.
They even have a life-sized replica of some of the debris sitting on top of the roof!
If links to You Tube videos don't work.
Here are links
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aRAUPAcOFMs This one has no sound, but video is well made
Worlds Longest Golf Course 1365 Kilometers
You Tube Video of Nullarbor Links Golf
A crazy sign just outside Melbourne
I have fond memories of a lovely seaside beach township called Mordialloc. Just outside of Melbourne along Beach Rd heading South. As a kid growing up, I remember getting up very early in the mornings and going with dad fishing.
Not fishing really, we went to catch Eels.
Now 50 years on things have changed, as things do.
Driving along one beautiful sunny day and looking at the ocean, I decided to pull over and have some sandwich's I had with me. I pulled into a car park, and looking for the parking signs I found this stupid one.
Dogs on leash between 11am & 3pm. Well that's fair enough. Most beach's have those restrictions.
But here comes the funny bit.
Horses permitted before 10am swimming only. What ??
Looking around I also found a statue of a horse. How weird is that. No sign's that mention why its there.
Make mental note to myself. Don't go swimming here.
So that's strange one.
Make sure you feed the meter.
Council needs money to pay for their perks.
Parking fines are very expensive and should avoided
Emu's Bum oooppps Emu Bottom
Emu Bottom Homestead Victoria's oldest homestead and built C.1836 by George Evans
Mr Evans arrived on the schooner Enterprize which sailed up Port Phillip Bay on 30th August 1835. These first settlers built huts on the banks of Yarra River, which then grew to become the City of Melbourne.
But Mr Evans choose to explore further in land and found a picturesque valley, which he named Emu Bottom. He then built this splendid stone Homestead in 1836 which you can visit today.
Very close by is the Rupertswood is a mansion and country estate located in Sunbury. It is well known as the birthplace of The Ashes urn which was humorously presented to the English cricket captain Ivo Bligh to mark his team's victory in an 1882-83 Test match series between Australia and England.
It was here In March 2006, the Commonwealth Games Queen's Baton Relay travelled to the area, where a re-enactment of the handing over of The Ashes to the British took place, in front of a small local crowd.
Emu Bottom Homestead in Sunbury area Victoria
Fire Danger. In the snow ?
I came across this great sign during the winter at Mount Beauty in Victoria.
Come on..... This is funny :).... ROFL
These items were on display outside a shop in Coober Pedy in Central Australia.
This is Aussie humor at its lowest.
He had to take them inside at night time, otherwise it would have used.
You can read more about the Opal Mining town of Coober Pedy on my pages
about my Book "From Australia to Germany"
My Road Trip " From Australia to Germany "
My book is about a epic journey that began in Melbourne.
Traveling 4000 km's on dirt roads and tracks to the the
RED CENTER ( Ayers Rock ) and on to Perth.
Then by freighter too Ceylon and India via Indonesia and Singapore, and on to India.
Then we traveled again by road through places such as Pakistan,
Afghanistan, Iran, Turkey and Austria all the way to Germany and Holland.
You will find below two versions of Book. German or English, both come with DVD at fixed price.
This one is not from Australia, but it's to good to leave out.
I found this fake policeman in Japan.
Very common to see them on the side of the road.
This was most likely holding up a sign saying, SLOW DOWN, while I was holding him up. hehehehee
You can read more about Japan in my new lens coming soon. 23-10-13
Ettamogah Pub - This Photo is from Wiki Commons
The word "ettamogah" is Aboriginal for "place of good drink!"
The Ettamogah Pub is a cartoon pub that was featured in the now defunct Australasian Post magazine. The cartoonist Ken Maynard, loving empty spaces and having nothing around him, enjoyed an area just outside of Albury at Table Top, named Ettamogah, thus christening the name of his now famous pub the "Ettamogah Pub" . The first "Ettamogah Pub" of a chain of such pubs was built there and copies now exist in various parts of Australia including Sydney, the Sunshine Coast and Cunderdin.
There's a 1930 Chevy truck on top of the bright red roof of the Ettamogah Pub. In the cartoon the theory is the truck was washed up there in the floods of 1946 and none of the regulars could be bothered to get it down.
William Ricketts Sanctuary is situated in the Dandenongs. About 40 minutes outside of Melbourne. It is a place of tranquillity in natural settings of ferns trees, Mountain Ash and native fauna.
Here you will find the mystical sculptures half hidden along the pathways.
Around each corner you will find little gems of artistic handmade sculptures of people
and animals. A total of 92 kiln fired can be found if you search hard enough.
William Rickets bought a four-acre bush block in the 1930’s and called it Potter's Sanctuary. William Ricketts lived on at the Sanctuary into his nineties and continued to create his sculptures until his death in 1993.
Photo's of Ricketts Sanctuary.Click thumbnail to view full-size
Larry the Lobster
Larry the Lobster weighs in at about 4 tons, and stands about 17 meter tall.
You will find him in Kingston, about 300 km's SE of Adelaide in South Australia.
My nephew can be seen, only just, out the front.
The Big Lobster was envisioned by the developers as a means of attracting attention to the centre, and initially the lobster was intended to "rear up" over the front of the complex. Unfortunately, the plans changed when local council regulations forced the lobster to be repositioned in front of the visitor centre. Paul Kelly, who had previously built the Big Scotsman in North Adelaide, was employed to design and build the new structure. While possibly anecdotal, it is said that final size of the structure was the result of an accident: the plans for the Big Lobster were provided to Paul Kelly in feet, but he misread the measurements and used metres instead, resulting in a threefold increase in size. Kelly built the lobster in Edwardstown, South Australia, and the final product was transported by road to the site, where it was opened by the South Australian Premier David Tonkin on 15 December 1979. Copied from Wiki
Bet you don't have one that big in your town :)
My Road Trip " From Australia to Germany "
The whole area is full of great things to see
You can learn more about Australia from my Book
" From Australia to Germany "
It is available on Amazon
If you want a Paperback version which comes with DVD, contact me
I've included this section because I think it's crazy.
Here somebody who build a castle in the middle of nowhere. Well it was back then. Here is some it's history.
Montsalvat is an artist colony in Eltham, Victoria, Australia, established by Justus Jrgensen in 1934. It is home to over a dozen buildings, houses and halls set amongst richly established gardens on 12 acres of land.
Visitors can pay a small fee to walk throughout the colony's historical gardens, artists' houses/workshops and explore the surrounding buildings. All of the buildings on the site were designed and built by residents with locally available materials, from various sources. The Great Hall offers an extensive network of spaces from extravagant halls and vast exhibition spaces, to small corridors and tiny balconies overlooking the gardens.
The social structure at Montsalvat was feudal; Jorgensen dominated as the master. A number of his followers tired of his autocratic rule and left. In the face of soaring costs, Montsalvat was opened to the public in 1963. Justus himself became increasingly private, concentrating upon self-portraits, shown only to a few.
Currently Montsalvat's grounds and buildings are mostly used for exhibitions, performances, conferences, seminars, weddings and receptions; however, many artists (such as Luthiers, Jewelers, Painters, Sculptors and a Writer) continue to reside in Montsalvat. Several classes on various disciplines of art are offered year round by the resident artists.
Staircase in the Great HallClick thumbnail to view full-size
Photo's are by Richard Higgs
My “Darwinism” stance on the evolution of photography
When you get involved in the online digital photo community scene for any decent length of time, you soon come to realize that there exists two heavily divided schools of thought on digital photo processing of images.... Those that believe that minimal adjustments in software should be performed, leaving the image as natural or 'as seen by the camera' at the time of capture, versus those that believe the camera captured image is just the start or basis of what the artist saw in his mind to build upon to create an awe inspiring image.
Steam Train Puffing Billy
Puffing Billy is Australia's Premiere Preserved Steam Railway.
This century-old steam train is still running on its original mountain track from Belgrave to Gembrook in the scenic Dandenong Ranges and is a genuine relic of more leisurely days.
The Railway is the major survivor of four experimental lines used to develop rural areas in the early 1900s.
Puffing Billy is now a major tourist attraction, its operation depending on hundreds of dedicated volunteers.
The Railway is a narrow gauge 2 ft 6 in (762 mm) gauge and was opened in 1900.
It was closed down in 1954 and then slowly reopened in stages from 1962.
Most trains start from Belgrave and travel to Lakeside, or to the terminus at Gembrook, and return. The railway operates every day of the year except Christmas Day, with at least two and up to six advertised services departing Belgrave each day. One service each day has the option of first-class carriages and lunch.
The railway also operates three diesel locomotives which are used on days of total fire ban, plant or works trains, or when insufficient steam locomotives are available, including in emergencies.
The Great Train Race is one of the longest running 'Fun Runs' on the Australian running calendar.
The race isn’t simply a race amongst the competitors…the exciting challenge is competing against the steam locomotive, over 13.2 kilometres through the hills and fern gullies of the picturesque Dandenong Ranges from Belgrave to Emerald Lake Park.