A photographic ode to the Civic Guides of Aussie towns and cities

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in Cool Travel on Tuesday 6 May 2014

To Aussie expats, seeing these Civic Guides snapped by Richard McKenzie may just bring tears (of happiness) to your eyes. Because really, how Australian can you get? If you’ve ever gone on that road trip to visit relatives or to explore little outback towns, you’ll definitely recognize how significant these guides are. And even though […]

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Welcome to Walhalla, population twenty

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By Anna Sutton in Cool Travel on Thursday 15 January 2009

As a child, gold mining towns were exemplified in my mind by boring theme parks populated by out of work actors in naff colonial costumes. My parents used to drag us along in our overheated datsun because they couldn’t afford to take the kids to Disneyland. As often happens, I now appreciate the destinations whose mentions used to prompt a whole lot of whingeing about seatbelt buckle burns and compensation payouts of McDonalds. Walhalla is one such beauty. Set in the misty foothills of Australia’s Baw Baw ranges, it was once a gold era boom-town, but is now home to less than 20 residents (not counting the ghosts).

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