Bush Shack - Bylong NSW Australia by Bev Woodman

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With this beautiful autumn weather we seem to have developed the wanderlust for adventure so this weekend found us off and on the road early on Saturday morning and heading west. We headed off through the vineyards of Pokolbin, out to Broke and then onto the Golden Highway. A quick cuppa at Denman before grabbing some maps from the local information centre and on the road again heading for the turnoff just south of Sandy Hollow. I had driven this road as a child with my parents and back then it was all gravel but today its a sealed road with very little traffic. We wandered leisurely through open fields, vineyards, horse studs, stopping and capturing the beauty along the way. Phil was chasing train tunnels and we managed to find a few to keep him happy. I was looking for old buildings and wasn’t disappointed. Just short of Bylong and instead of traveling by sealed road to Kandos and Ryelstone, we turned right onto a gravel road that wandered its way through Wallah and onto Mudgee. After refueling there we headed for the old gold mine town of Gulgong, magnificently restored to its former beauty. After enjoying a great steak sandwich and milkshake we then pressed onto Dundedoo where we turned off for the short run to Mendooran. Here we found a once thriving town that is now almost falling down, the business district long gone but the locals all hanging in there to enjoy their neck of the woods. Here I looked up a long lost cousin and swapped stories with him before climbing back in the car for a long drive back home … I didn’t record our mileage but we must have travelled over 600 klms that day but it was worth it and just goes to show what you can achieve in just one day.

This is just one of the shacks we found along the way … a reminder of the places our ancestors travelled to … remote but that still managed to earn a living and rear a family.

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  • Rosalie Dale
    Rosalie Daleabout 5 years ago

    Ah – gorgeous. That spot of red is wonderful.
    And if you ended up at Gulgong, that’s right in the mieeld of my childhood stomping ground – somewhere I am now planning on revisiting as a bit of a pilgrimage to reacquaint myself with a lot of dad’s history. We lived on a farm at Merrygoan (near Mendooran) then moved into the ‘big smoke’ (!!!!) of Dunedoo where I changed from correspondence schooling to ‘real’ school … ahhhh the memories!!! Will be watching for more shots …

  • Thanks Rosalie … we passed the turnoff to Merrygoan … will bubble you with more on that … small world♥

    – Bev Woodman

  • GloriaDK
    GloriaDKabout 5 years ago

    Interesting the travelling you have done Bev.which is normal for us here, the distances we go to surprises some folk overseas in places like Europe.

  • Thanks Gloria … travelling never bothers me and I just love to be on the go so a trip like this is just a day out … we did pack some clothes just in case we stayed over but in the end it was nice to be home – it keeps the cost down too of a good day out♥

    – Bev Woodman

  • Davies
    Daviesabout 5 years ago

    Another fabulous old capture Bev and I agree we must take as many captures as we can of these old buildings before there gone.

  • Thanks Noelene … this one was in a beautiful setting. I had to shoot it from the road but there was a huge mountain behind it and an old marshy swamp in front of the house … no doubt it was a pond in the old days but is now overgrown with weeds. It looks like they wouldn’t have been too short of water … I would love to know their stories♥

    – Bev Woodman

  • Anna D'Accione
    Anna D'Accioneabout 5 years ago

    Great image Bev, now if this was Europe you would have travelled through some countries rather than just kilometres Looking forward to seeing more. Beautiful!!!

  • Thanks Anna … this was a hard one to get a good view of because of all the trees but it must have been a grand home in its day … its position was superb. A trip like this does highlight how huge our country and state is … there’s so much out there. Hopefully we will head further out very soon♥

    – Bev Woodman

  • Thanks for the favourite too Anna♥

    – Bev Woodman

  • Michael John
    Michael Johnabout 5 years ago

    A great image of the iconic old dwelling though the trees.

  • Thanks Michael … this was a beautiful setting … it must have been a great spot to live back in that era♥

    – Bev Woodman

  • tori yule
    tori yuleabout 5 years ago

    great shot, lovely!

  • Thank you Tori … your comments are always appreciated♥

    – Bev Woodman

  • Scott  d'Almeida
    Scott d'Almeidaabout 5 years ago


  • Thanks Scott … I just love these old shacks … if only they could tell their stories♥

    – Bev Woodman

  • John Vriesekolk
    John Vriesekolkabout 5 years ago

    Great shot Bev. The shadows of the trees works so well.

  • Thanks John … I’m always on the lookout … this one was in a perfect setting … it must have been a grand home at some time in the past♥

    – Bev Woodman

  • reflector
    reflectoralmost 5 years ago

    A very nice rustic find ! Well caught !

  • Thanks James … this would have been quite grand in its day … and in a beautiful setting♥

    – Bev Woodman

  • Husky
    Huskyalmost 5 years ago

    Lovely Bev! God this looks like my great grand parents old house in Fingal Tassie!

  • Thanks Dale … I guess it was typical of many built in the same era. This was a beautiful spot and must have been a grand home in its time … I would be most interested to learn its history♥

    – Bev Woodman

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