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  1. Cerberus1

    Ravenswood - old mining town

    As part of our truncated roadtrip, we visited Ravenswood again. Ravenswood is an old mining town located around 50km East and 40km South of Charters Towers. We visited in the hope that it would be possible to view the old mine sites and township of Totley, unfortunately though, it turns out that area is on an active mining lease and the signs makes it very clear that the area is off limits. Therefore, we had to content ourselves with revisiting some of the other sites around Ravenswood. Ravenswood became established in the 1860's when gold was discovered. The town peaked in 1871 before beginning a gradual decline. In 1872, there was a great exodus to the new Golf field of Charters Towers, followed by a smaller exodus to the Palmer gold-fields in 1873. By 1915 there were only 2 remaining mines and by 1917, these had closed. Many of the towns men had enlisted for WWI and the railway to the town was removed in 1930 leading to further rapid decline. Over the years, most of the towns houses were moved for re-establishment in places such as Townsville and Burdekin. Of the buildings that do remian, most are in very good condition and the whole town is listed by the National Trust of Queensland. Below are some photos of the town buildings and also of the nearby mining sites. School of Arts - The building dates from 1882 when it replaced an earlier School of Arts. The hall has since been used for dances, concerts, live theatre and as a cinema. Silent films were screened to the piano accompaniment of the Delaney sisters from the Imperial Hotel. Imperial Hotel - Built in 1902. Proprietor Jim Delaney made his money as a member of the Donnybrook Mine syndicate. Delaney died soon after the building was completed and the hotel passed to his wife and subsequently to his daughters who continued to run the hotel until recently. Sunset No.2 Mine - The mine is an early component of the rich Sunset reef, which was the most productive on the Ravenswood field from 1876 to 1912. The boiler house was equipped with an unusual octagonal brick chimney - one of only three associated with early mining in north Queensland. Duke of Edinburgh Mine - The Duke of Edinburgh Mine was developed early in the life of the Ravenswood Goldfield. It operated intermittently until 1908 when it was again re-opened as part of the New Ravenswood Company. The mine closed with the company’s collapse in 1917
  2. Hi guys, I am travelling to Australia in a few months and I want to buy a van to travel around the country. I´ve been looking online and came across a great guide about buying a van in Australia. It seems very straightforward, however I would love to here some first hand experiences. Where can you find a van? How easy is it to sell the van after the trip? Should I rent or buy? My first stop is Sydney. I realy hope you can give me some advise. Cheers, Jos
  3. Hi everyone, My hubby and our 8yr old daughter will be leaving for Sydney in the next 3 wks! Eek! As we need to get our visa stamped before it runs out, without boring you with all the details, we built our house and its just been finished and been on the market a week! Our visa runs out mid November, so we need to make a trip out! As we've never been I'm using this as a opportunity to explore and a rd trip seems the obvious choice! I'm just wondering if anyone has been on a rd trio from Sydney to Brisbane? We are fist Landing in Sydney where we will stay for 3 days as I have meetings with agents, but than plan to get a camper van and head north. Go see the usual manly, Byron Ect. I than would like to head up to central coast as that is where we plan to settle once the house sells this end. Thinking of travelling down the pacific highway through berrowa to Brooklyn crossing Brisbane water than heading up to avoca, terrigal and stay around there. Looking into renting in or around those areas. If you have any tips on a few campsites on the way, mostly we will just camp around and not be in campsites but its good to know. Also I've looked into camper van hire is there anyone you'll recommend, we were looking at blitz as appllo seems mixed reviews. Also is better to prebook or just rock up for a better deal? Really looking forward to that Aussie lifestyle, I'm from Cape Town originally and miss the sun, been overseas 15 yrs so accent frightful!