Rainbow Bay, Gold Coast, Queensland, Aus.


Monday, January 23, 2012

OFF TO ORROROO

We passed an old farmhouse and wagon.
 After spending 3 days exploring Port Augusta, we continued on our tour of South Australia a few months ago. Together with 4 friends we drove on towards Peterborough to visit the Steam Train Museum. However, we stopped on the way for coffee at a charming little country town called Orroroo. The coffee shop was gorgeous with lovely crafts and gifts too.Before we arrived there we stopped at the biggest gum (Eucalyptus) tree.



As we entered the town we were greeted by this great sculpture made from metal strips and their heads nodded in the breeze as if they were really pulling the plough.

Council chambers

The little houses in Orroroo were so cute.





As usual I can't finish a post without a wildflower from the area.

32 comments:

Marja said...

I love the photo with the card. That tree is enormous I love old trees.The houses are indeed nice. What a wonderful trip you had

Colin (HB) said...

Yep Diane - those gums in SA are incredible. Early miners actually lived in the trunks of those trees, maybe later as you get towards Burra and beyond you will get photos! I think it was the German miners from the Harz area.
Seeing is believing, just like the river burrows where others lived.
Sure were hard times in those early days in SA!
Great post as always Diane.
Colin

Andrew said...

I am just amazed at what you and Red Nomad manage to find out of the capital cities. Melbourne has it's corroboree tree, which is a very old gum tree, but it not nearly as big as the Orroroo tree. http://highriser.blogspot.com/2006/06/filling-in-half-hour.html

FruitCake said...

That sure is one heck of a tree!
If I see too many more photos of distinctively South Australian buildings I'll have to start booking a holiday - I'm starting to feel all nostalgic.

Jo said...

Diane, your post has a nostalgic tinge to it with those old buildings in Orroroo. Is it basically a ghost town. I love the old tree. Wow what a giant. And of course your wildflower photos are always a treat. Off to read your previous post which I missed over the weekend. Have a great evening (I see it's after 7pm in Oz. Midday here in East Africa.) Jo

Joan Elizabeth said...

I thought you would be heading to Peterborough ... we didn't manage to do the steam museum there. Also I am sure we drove through Orrorroo but I think we must have blinked and missed all these things.

Kath Lockett said...

Gotta love a place with 'roo' at the end of it, and South Australia has quite a selection of towns to choose from. Beautiful photos and I love the sculpture!

Christine said...

Brilliant, loved it yet again. It confirms my love of South Australia - a fascinating place. Are you going to Arkaroola?

biebkriebels said...

Lovely pictures of the nice trip you made. I like that giant tree, amazing.

whiteangel said...

Lovely Diane...that house is quaint....your flower beautiful..

Sandra said...

that is one BIG tree. wow. and i like that old cabin.

MTWaggin said...

The wildflower is beautiful! I however am partial to the metal sculpture. I'm always fascinated by what artsy folks can imagine!

Dina said...

I love the huge tree. That's amazing.

Cindy Lane said...

That is one amazingly beautiful wagon - I want one!!! And the big Clydesdales to go with it too!

George said...

That is definitely a giant tree! I'm glad it is still there. The largest (and oldest) tree in Florida was destroyed by fire not too long ago. I'm not sure how Orroroo got its name, but I like the buildings you showed. I also like the sculpture.

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Wow Diane... That is one HUGE tree... Neat!!!! And--I loved the little town of Orrorroo. (How do you ever pronounce that?????? ha ha)

Neat metal statue..Gorgeous buildings and houses. Love the 4th house from the bottom...

Thanks for sharing.
Hugs,
Betsy

Sara said...

The wagon looks like a scene from the American Old West, but everything else is different...even the buildings have a certain look that seems to be only Australian, though I'm not sure just how to define it. Those gum trees (so much easier to type "gum" than "eucalyptus"!) are really amazing. You can find them all over the US now too, but only because they were imported from Australia once upon a time. I've never seen one as big around as that!

Filip Demuinck said...

That's a serious tree. Great picture.

Greetings,
Filip

Kay said...

I love old wagons, old barns, old bridges, etc.

Don't unplug your hub said...

Oh that old wagon! I have four old wheels in the shed here. I may try and replicate it.

Dianne said...

It seems so strange to see that name Orroroo written .... you have found some real treasures there..especially that wonderful old waggon and the quaint buttercup yellow cottage.

Valerie said...

Another wonderful collection of images Diane. Your header pic is stunning - definitely a wall hanger! ... and I just love those old homes with their rusty roofs and verandahs. Interesting to note how our pioneers had the good sense to include verandahs around their homes to keep out the harsh sun - today's house designs don't seem to reflect that same thinking! Thanks for sharing your images.

Sallie (FullTime-Life.com said...

Would love to hear that town name pronounced. It's fun to just stop for coffee and find all these interesting things.

Colin (HB) said...

Sallie

Try this - " oo - rah - roo".
"roo" as in kangaroo.
Colin (HB)

Sheila said...

I wouldn't have been as brave as you and your friends to stand so close to that giant gum tree after reading the sign. your wildflower photo is lovely!

Gattina said...

Wow ! what a tree !! the little town looks really very charming and I also like the sculputres.

eileeninmd said...

Diane, I love the big old trees. WOW, that Gum tree is a giant. The town and houses look cute and the sculpture is cool looking. I enjoy seeing all your pretty wildflowers, this one is gorgeous too. A great post, thanks for sharing your trip. Have a great day!

The Southern Mint Julep said...

I love the pictures of the wagon and the beautiful wildflower. I would love to live in that log cabin also. What fun. Thanks for sharing with us.

Lorraine said...

Love the name Orroroo ! The tree is not bad either!

GardenofDaisies said...

What an amazing old gum tree!! And I love the horses too!

Carletta said...

What a great idea to circle the tree. It really puts the size of it in perspective and it's HUGE. :)
I don't know why but for some reason I really like that last little rustic house with it's tin fence.
Beautiful shot of the wildflower!! A really composition.

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

Orroroo looks like a friendly, old fashioned town. The eucalyptus tree is amamzing! I thought the Royal Gardens in Sydney had enormous ones but this one looks the largest of them all. Pretty wildflowers there, too!

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