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Thursday, December 27, 2012

Wandiligong - Diggings Trail,

These pix were taken on December 23, 2012, on our 2 km hike through the Heritage Chinese Diggings area, Wandiligong.

Wandiligong, 350 km NE of Melbourne, was the site of a small gold rush during the mid-1850s which saw the town's population climb to over 2,000. The whole town is now registered with the National Trust as a classified landscape and features historical buildings such as the Manchester Unity public hall (built in 1874), the general store, several churches and a number of quaint cottages.

The town itself is set in a picturesque valley surrounded by forests and mountain ranges. Morses Creek runs through Wandiligong and features a walking track which follows the course of the river, extending all the way to the town of Bright. Wandiligong's gold history can be explored at "The Diggings" which is accessed via Centenary Avenue.

"The Diggings" was the site of extensive mining and has been beautified with walking tracks and several footbridges across both Morses Creek and Growlers Creek.

A highlight of the area is the Chinese Swing Bridge which is a tribute to the large number of Chinese who lived in the Wandiligong area during its gold rush days.

See all of the Photos of our visit!

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