Gippsland Road Trip: Day 1 & 2.

Home | Rosedale | Holey Hill Camping area | Sale | Bairnsdale | Buchan Caves

In June my Brother Rob and I went on an awesome road trip to Buchan Caves through Gippsland. We set off on a Thursday afternoon and made it all the way to a little country town called Rosedale. We stopped off quite late in the evening and managed to get some fish and chips from the general store just before it closed for the night and it was seriously some of the BEST fish and chips that I’ve ever had in my life.

We then drove a short distance to Holey Plains State Park where we camped at the Holey Hill Camping Area. We were lucky that we were the only ones in the camping area so we had the entire place to ourselves which was nice. We drove around before picking out the spot we wanted and set up our tents and attempted to start a campfire but there was only wet wood around. We sat up for a while and had a couple drinks before heading to bed for the night.

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Abandoned Aged Care Facility.

This Aged Care Facility has been abandoned for some years, at least four years as far as I can tell but was sold in 2012 for over 1.7 million dollars, however as of August 2014 it is still sitting here in this condition.
The Care Life Australia facility was registered with the Department of Human Services and was home to at least 50 elderly residents. It provided 24 hour supported residential assistance to those who lived there where they would be cooked for and be assisted with anything they would need.

I would have loved to have seen this building before it was abandoned, and funnily enough after taking these photos one of my best friends told me that her Nanna used to live there before she passed away.

Anyway, I would have loved to have explored the inside but was put off with the amount of traffic going by and the lack of holes or access in the fencing. So maybe one day, but unfortunately for now I have very little information about this facility and only a few photos of the outside.

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If you’d like to see some better shots, especially of the inside please check out Matt Lindsay‘s post here, and all his other amazing photography!

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Exploring the abandoned Bradmill.

UPDATE: I have been pretty inactive on this blog as of late but got this wonderful comment from a lovely lady called Denise a while ago that I’ve just read & really wanted to share with everyone. For me abandoned buildings has always been about the history, memories and stories that have been created in a place so i’m stoked to hear from someone who actually worked at Bradmill in the 70’s.

“I worked for Bradmill, at Yarraville, for 2 years in the mid seventies. When I saw the photos, I was transported back to that time, as a first-year-out-of-uni and pretty green engineer, when I roamed around the site. I fortunately learnt what was going on from people on the floor who had much experience and expertise. Many of these people had come from Europe after WWII and many were later arrivals. The women in the knitting mill were very dexterous with handling the fragile threads that were transformed into robust T shirt fabrics on the machines they were responsible for. The men in the dye house manipulated vast lengths of fabric to produce fabulous colours and many hues of blue indigo denim. When I buy a new pair of jeans, I always smell them to see if they have been dyed with proper indigo. It was a very pleasant, almost fresh, smelling dye house because of the denim dyed there with indigo dyestuffs. It was also lovely and warm in winter! The big gaping holes in the photo that look like giant keyholes were used to hold the stainless steel jet dyeing machines. In the seventies, these were quite hi tech and only the most able operators could run them as they operated at high temperatures and pressures.”

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Yesterday I decided to go explore the old abandoned Bradmill in Yarraville. I have always loved abandoned buildings and find them so fascinating. The abandoned buildings I enjoy reading about and looking at are ones with history. Most buildings have a history I guess but this Bradmill is especially intriguing.

The only other building I have been to that was as beautiful as this one was the old Psychiatric Hospital in Bundoora called Larundel which I posted about last year.

Anyway, if you live in Melbourne and have been over the Westgate Bridge as any times as I have you probably would have noticed this old mill but not given it much thought. If you’re coming from Geelong way, it is just before the Bridge and you can take the Williamstown Road exit to get there.

I’ll try my best at writing a brief history below 😊

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Aztec Exhibition at Melbourne Museum.

Last month my Mum and I headed  in to the city to see the Aztec Exhibition at Melbourne Museum. We always drive in to the Melbourne Museum because you can always get a park in the car park and it’s only 20 or so minutes away from our house on Eastlink so it’s super easy. On Weekends the Museum car park has a flat rate of $16 for parking so that’s a bonus too.

We got a 20% discount on our tickets because we had bought tickets to the Viva Mexico Exhibition at the Immigration Museum so our tickets came in a bit under $20 each.
When you walk in to the exhibition just like previous ‘major exhibitions’ at the Melbourne Museum, we got our photo taken in front of a green screen and put on some kick ass Daryl Dixon style ponchos and posed in front of an imaginary stone temple.

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Where: 11 Nicholson St, Carlton
Open: Daily, until 10th August, 10am – 5pm
Price: Adults $24
Website: http://museumvictoria.com.au/melbournemuseum

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Day Trip: Ararat.

J Ward Museum | Aradale Psychiatric Hospital | One Tree Hill Lookout

In February I had chosen the country town of Ararat for mine & Jai’s monthly day trip. I had chosen Ararat a few months ago when I was researching what old Psychiatric Hospital’s & historic Jail’s are open for the public to tour and saw that Ararat in fact had one of each.

We drove the 2.5 hours from home to Ararat which was a slightly painful and boring drive but worth it once we got there.
We went straight to J Ward and got there with a couple minutes to spare for the 11am tour. There was just Jai & I and one other couple on the tour so it was fantastic as I could take as many photos as I wanted and ask all the questions we had as well. Our tour guide was really knowledgable  and told us about the history of J Ward.

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Weekend in Mount Buller & Lake Eildon.

Mansfield Hotel | Mansfield Motel | Witches Brew Cafe | Mount Buller | Delatite river | Lake Eildon

In January my Brother Rob and I went on a trip to the Mansfield area. We always like heading up that way as there is so much to do in the surrounding areas. We had our trip planned for the 40°+ week with big bush fires all around Victoria, but we made sure we kept checking all the fire warnings and nothing was around Mansfield so we decided to make a weekend of it.

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Brisbane: Day 5.

Little Crepe Factory

Our last morning in Brisbane my lovely Cousin Renee organised an awesome Family get together for us all. My Cousin Lauren, her husband Greg and their son Atlas were all moving up to far, FAR North Queensland in a few days so it was really a ‘catch ya soon’ breakfast for all of us.

We all went to the Little Crepe Factory which was a cute little cafe in Sandgate of Brisbane. We all sat outside and had a great last catch up for a little while and all enjoyed our delicious crepes!

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