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Arltunga – Abandoned gold mining town

The last item on the agenda for the East MacDonnell ranges was the abandoned gold mining town of Arltunga. This was the official first township of the European settlement in central Australia. It was about 600 km from the nearest settlement away and the trip took at least a week in the old days. The gold rush that lead to the township happened around the year 1900 and did not last very long. There is not much left of Arltunga, there is a museum with a one room exhibit about the history of the place plus lots of miners equipment that

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Gippsland roadtrip continued: Mushroom rocks and Toorongo Falls

After our stay in the Tarra Bulga NP, we continued inland to the Alpine National Park. One of the highlights of the park are the mushroom shaped rocks reachable by a 45 minute walk. The mushrooms are a little bit hard to find, since you walk among the huge rocks for quite a while and have to keep your eyes open to finally see them. They look indeed very much like huge, petrified mushrooms. We then stopped shortly in Walhalla, an old rebuilt gold mining town in the mountains. Honestly, it did not leave a big impression on us. Most of

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