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Emmaville and Torrington - old mining villages

Tuesday - 26 May 2015

Cool overnight again - 3 degrees with a forecast maximum of 16 degrees and mostly cloudy.

Today we drove to nearby the mining villages of Emmaville and Torrington which are part of Tour Drive 11, and also take in Stannum and Deepwater. The road was mainly sealed with a few short sections of reasonable gravel.

Emmaville boomed after the discovery of tin in 1872, and in the early 1900s the population swelled to 7,000 with about 2,000 Chinese. The town was originally known as Vegetable Creek because of the scale of Chinese market gardens. The town now boasts about 300 residents and the intriguing Emmaville Mining Museum which has a significant collection of mineral samples as well as an extensive collection of cut and uncut gemstones.

After inspecting the Museum we drove on to Torrington where we stopped for lunch at the at the Nomads Picnic Spot in the Torrington Conservation Area. After lunch we walked the 800 metres to Thunderbolts Lookout. Frederick Wordsworth Ward (aka Captain Thunderbolt) (1835–25 May 1870) was an Australian bushranger renowned for escaping from Cockatoo Island, and also for his reputation as the "gentleman bushranger" and his lengthy survival, being the longest roaming bushranger in Australian history.

The walk to the Lookout, while only 800 metres was mostly uphill with the last 100 metres a climb up steep steps and a steel ladder to the top of a pile of granite boulders. The view was amazing with a 360 degree panorama of the surrounding countryside.

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Emmaville Mining Museum

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Iron Boat - would it float?

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Mine wagons with a load of coal

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This is a nail

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Di with Grandpa's milk separator

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Foley's Store in Emmaville

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Boulders on the track to Thunderbolt's Lookout

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Track to the top of Thunderbolt's Lookout

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Five trees that have taken root on a fallen tree - life goes on!

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Entry to the Caves at the base of the Lookout

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Looking back down the path to the Lookout

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View of a nearby farm from the Lookout

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View from Thunderbolt's Lookout

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Another view from Thunderbolt's Lookout

Posted by TwoAces 04:51

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Beautiful views.
The Emmaville museum was very interesting. Nice gems.

Frosty.

by snowman3195

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