One of the mid-north towns we stopped at on the trip was Wirrabara. It’s a favourite little town of mine, mostly because it has a great produce market once a month – and I timed the visit to co-incide with one. Sorry, didn’t take any photos of the market, as I was too busy catching up with old friends, and buying yummy food :-)
The following morning though, I took a quiet walk around the town, and on a Monday morning in winter, it was very quiet. The locals I did see, were friendly in their greetings. There’s a saying in South Australia, that the further north one travels, the friendlier the people get, and I have to agree that its been my experience also. Perhaps it’s to do with the climate – further south where its colder, people tend to stay in the their homes more…….
The town park is well set up for visitors, with toilets, and shelters and BBQ facilities. A lovely creek flows through it in winter, and there are plenty of frogs and birds to listen to.
This mural in the park was constructed as part of the Centenary of Federation Celebrations.
One of the pieces of playground equipment. :-)
Many towns have paintings on the electricity poles, and the theme for this one appears to be birds.
This area was very important in the States early history.
This church was built during the Great Depression, which I think quite an incredible effort.
It’s obvious it’s a farming area. During last summer, bush fires came very close to the town, and it was a very concerning time for all. Thankfully, it survived.
The local craft shop is well worth a visit, with a wide selection of local produce, such as jams and honey etc, and woollen garments, fleeces, timber carvings, and stunning fibre work by a local artist.
This is the site of the monthly market, and the verandah and decking is a recent addition. The market is a real meeting place, and great tea, coffee and cakes make it a perfect place to catch up.
Roses roses and roses were everywhere, and really enjoying the season. Yes, it’s midwinter and the roses are in full leaf and bloom!
For more on the history of this area, please follow this link.