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The Main Street of Clunes, gotta love those clouds
Nestling in a picturesque valley, a 25 minutes drive north of Ballarat, is Clunes, Victoria’s First Gold Town. Clunes was the site of the first official gold discovery in Victoria, made by James Esmoud on July 1st. 1851. Esmoud’s discovery triggered Victoria’s world famous gold rushes.
Clunes remains one of the most original and intact gold towns in Australia and there are over 50 buildings of historical significance. Many reflect the opulence and confidence of the boom period of the 1850s. The Town Hall & Court House, the Churches, the several old bank buildings and the verandahed shops in the central part of the town provide the basis of a living museum.
Today, Clunes has a population of only 850 but it has recently undergone a major transformation and resurgence following the decision by Wesley College, Australia’s largest co-educational private school, to establish a campus for Year 9 students. Each term, over 100 Wesley students take up residency in the ‘Wesley Village’, located in the town centre, and become part of the local community.
Clunes has also been used as a film location site for such movies as ‘Mad Max’, the remake of the 1950s classic ‘On the Beach’ and recent ABC television series ‘Queen Kat, Carmel & St Jude’ and ‘Something in the Air’. and most recently the late Heath Ledgers Ned Kelly
Clunes is centrally located to Ballarat, Daylesford, Maryborough and is within an easy drive to over 20 wineries
Equipment – Nikon D300, Sigma 10-20mm lens, Manfrotto Tripod
Technique: HDR , 5 exposures bracketted. Photomatix 3.2, Nikon Capture NX