Head west but where to?
Trip Start Mar 02, 2012
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We head on to Gundagai where we take a welcome break. We have a walking guide which allows us to identify various buildings as we walk around the town. We had driven past the town of Coolac, which has as its claim to fame the origin of the Bald Archies, a whimsical look at current affairs through portrairture. The 2012 entries are on show in the region and we were lucky to find them here in the Old Gaol. We were asked to vote for our favourite exhibit, a bit hard with all the worthy commentary on show. We finished the guided walk and then headed on.
We drove across country edging round the Murrumbidgee river which is still high but not in flood. Continuing west we arrived in Junee where we are staying for the night.
A picturesque town with roses growing everywhere. The town developed as a railway hub and was a thriving town at one point. It now seems to be a satellite town for Wagga Wagga. We decide to spend the morning here and do a few of the attractions. Firsly we head into town and a walk around the Railway square, wwhich is beautifully restored. We then drive out to the edge of town to visit Monte Cristo. This home was built by the founder of Junee Town and has been restored by a private owner. It is crammed full with furniture and collectors items relevant to the Vicotian era. It also has a number of resident ghosts but we didn’t meet up with any of them. After touring the house we wandered the grounds and the out houses, a very interesting property to visit.
Our next visit was to the Licorice and Chocolate factory. The next tour wasn’t for half an hour so we filled in time by sampling their Devonshire teas! The factory is in an old flour mill and we saw the whole process of making licorice as well as the coating in chocolate. They also make smash cakes to specific orders which looked absolutely amazing. At the end of the tour Sheila and Ineke completed the vertical licorice bowling challenge with Ineke winning the licorice prize. Of course we bought some samples to fortify us on our journey.