the huntered housewife

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Merriwa – another touristy post

on December 31, 2012

Being school holidays, we are venturing a bit further afield to keep the kids occupied.

Merriwa is about 60km west of Scone, so that’s where we headed recently.

Every hill we climbed, every corner we turned, gave us spectacular views. Open spaces, with more hills & mountains in the distance. It makes me want to keep driving to see what’s on the other side of them.

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compulsory park visit

compulsory park visit

The first thing that came to mind when we reached Merriwa was “It’s a mini Berrima”. The Illawarra folk would know the village of Berrima. For anyone else, it’s a gorgeous village with cafes, shops that you can browse for ages, pubs and accommodation. Merriwa was surprisingly busy, it was definitely bigger than I expected. And we saw (I think) 4 churches. And 2 schools, one of which caters for K-12.

strolling the main street

strolling the main street

lunch time!

lunch time!

This isn’t just horse country (Merriwa is the original home of pony club), it is also sheep country. The mural below is made of tin from local sites dating back to 1829. The shapes are ewes, rams, dogs, galahs and a horse in the bottom left corner.

 

corrugated iron mural

corrugated iron mural

 

 

A Hut outside the Welcoming Centre. In the style of early workers’ huts.

outside the hut

outside the hut

left end inside

left end inside

right end inside

right end inside

Pics from inside the Welcoming Centre. It also had lots of crafts like embroidered tea towels, fancy shopping bags, table runners, knitwear for babies, crocheted blankets and the like. They had a lap blanket for $71. I made bed sized ones for my kids – imagine how much I could charge for them! A lot of the items had been made by residents of a local nursing home – is it mean if I say they were aiming at the sympathy purchase?!

clean toilets are essential

clean toilets are essential

They had a donation box & signs in the toilets explaining that without donations they can’t provide clean facilities. So I put some change in there. Just doing my bit.

machinery of yesteryear

machinery of yesteryear

chainsaw collection

chainsaw collection

Heading back out of town, the rain had started by now:

silos

silos

St Patrick's School

St  Joseph’s School

and Church, down the driveway

and Church, down the driveway

So that was the trip to Merriwa. The kids enjoyed it just as much as I did. So we’ll go back. Hopefully on a weekend so we can take Ray with us.

 

Karen.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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One response to “Merriwa – another touristy post

  1. jacana says:

    What a great looking town. Heaps on offer. Looks like you all had a great day.

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