Wonderful Winton in Outback Australia

Coming into Winton is like stepping back in time!

Wonderful Winton

Wonderful Winton

Not just for the genuine Dinosaur bones that I get to hang around with each day, but because this town is more than happy to keeps its charming old heritage showing and keep the pace of life back to a simpler, more serene way of times gone by.

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After leaving the nearest town, Longreach 180km, it’s nearly 2 hrs of dry, barren lands. The drought has been in effect here for the last 2 years and it shows. But this country, like its people, is tough. It’s seen the droughts and the floods pass over its beautiful lands for well over many a millions of years

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I knew I was leaving Melbourne’s fresh Autumn and Winter, grateful for it, in fact. But to be met with temperatures like these (realistically it was low 40’s by day, and low 30’s by night. HOT) it  was most definitely a shock to the system.

Praise the word of the Air-Conditioner 🙂

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This is a beautiful aerial shot of Winton that I found in an old book about the town. It shows you the mighty River that passes by and the path that she cuts through the land. This is channel country out here, land of the Great Artesian Waters. Winton town not being much of an obstacle against this mighty current.

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It’s great to find a good local pub, or four, as in Winton. But the Tattersalls has definitely won me over. A truly beautiful building, great bubbly and sharp-as-tacks staff and a sensational menu to boot. With Delicious Local Beef and Fresh as fresh Seafood (Comes in the freezer trucks direct from the coast twice a week 🙂 ).

The Grand Royal Theatre

The Grand Royal Theatre

Ready to slip into our deck chairs under the starry night sky

Ready to slip into our deck chairs under the starry night sky

World's biggest deck chair, had to be somewhere in Australia

World’s biggest deck chair, had to be somewhere in Australia

Where else do you get to sit in a fine old theatre, with the roof cut off to let in the nights breeze and watch old movie reels from a genuine film reel projector!! Good ol’ Winton. Next week, their bringing out the popcorn. Mmmmmmm, popcorn.

Still standing proud after all these years

Still standing proud after all these years

We’ve even got heritage listing in the Main Street. With the fine Cornfield & Fitzmaurice General Merchants shining through after 137 years here. I bet it’s seen a change or two in its time.

My Sweet little Post Office

My Sweet little Post Office

It’s also been a treat to have a PO Box. No bothering here with a letterbox, we don’t even have a postman. Nope, I simply stroll on down to my sweet little Post Office, every now and then, and have a peak inside to see what joys have arrived for me. Links to the outside world, beyond the open plains.

Worth leaving a good few HOURS to stroll through this one. Honestly!!

Worth leaving a good few HOURS to stroll through this one. Honestly!!

It’s not possible to go through Winton and NOT stop at the Waltzing Matilda Centre. Aside from the great digital theatre, plus a brilliant hologram theatre, and the most amazing collection of country goods from over the last 150 years that i’ve ever seen, this sweet piece of Australia tells the Grand story of the birthplace of our legendary and unofficial National Anthem. That blessed little “Waltzing Matilda”. Banjo wrote it out here, dreamt it up as he sat by his own beautiful billabong. And it’s true, it brings a tear to the eye of many a great Australian far from home and their loved ones.

Dear Ol' Banjo Patterson

Dear Ol’ Banjo Paterson

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A lovely ol' Caboose. And the train is pretty sweet too ;-)

A lovely ol’ Caboose.
And the train is pretty sweet too 😉

It’s been a real pleasure getting to know this lovely little town. But I won’t wear you out with my photos all in one hit.

More to follow..

Stay tuned.

TCT 🙂

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About the chameleon traveller

Since 1999 I've been travelling between Australia, Europe and South East Asia!!! and Still going Strong.. After 15 years of travels there's a backpack full of photos and a van load packed with stories that need to be shared. Not to mention the future adventures that are always just around the corner!!! Come Join Me!!
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8 Responses to Wonderful Winton in Outback Australia

  1. Claudia Charter says:

    what a beautiful town and with so much to offer. really must get Shane, l and the kids up there one day… and the weather sounds perfect not like this icy cold weather down home in Warragul, Victoria. keep the gorgeous sunny, landscaped pictures and stories to tell for us all to enjoy, I feel as if I am along with you on your journey, thank-you sweet as you show me what else is out there to explore. amazing outback country, nice to see that they still surviving.. nice work sweet and enjoy, speak to you soon. CIAO BELLA xxxxxxxxxooooooooooooo sis

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    • Cheers beautiful. Thought you might like what you saw! Yep, you kids will have to come here someday. It’s just another world. Got more photos to come and ones from the dinosaur dig too 😁 So much fun 😆

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  2. Tracy says:

    No letter boxes – only a box of little squares for everyone’s Mail behind the shop counter. It’s so country.

    Love to gorgeous one x

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  3. The jimmy says:

    I am glad you love it out there it was great being out there with you.

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  4. Tracy says:

    You have an awesome caboose lady x

    That river flat looks amazing, it makes the town look tiny. It would be something to see in full flood.

    I love architecture, so glad to see towns that hold onto the past. Although my little town of Port Campbell (which also doesn’t have a postie or post boxes) is beautiful, sadly the majority of the older buildings have been lost. We just had the old church recently relocated to some public land so at least we have two buildings now.

    The idea of the theatre with open air sounds so delightful, makes me want to jump in the car 😉

    I remember going to Central Australia at the same time once, SOOOOOOO HOT! But just you wait, June will come and you wil have crisp nights and magic days before you know it.

    Big kisses beautiful one xxx

    P.S. Loved the hats x

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    • Hi Bella. Thanks for the great message. Yes, the caboose is still chugging along 😁 and those crisp mornings have started to arrive. But it makes you appreciate the warm afternoons. No PO BOX!! How do you get mail?? Next town over 😳 Still more great shots of Winton to come and plenty more stories to share.
      Love to you kids and the animals 😁

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