Victorian goldfields with the the Olympus OM-D E-M5 – part VI – Tarnagulla

Written by Gary on December 23rd, 2014

Stage VI of my road trip takes us further north east a few kilometres from the lovely gold rush town of Dunolly to the much smaller gold rush town of Tarnagulla.

This quaint little town is well worth a visit with its old buildings and cottages and seemingly on the verge of becoming a ghost town.

These photos were taken with the wonderful Olympus OM-D E-M5 Micro Four Thirds camera.

Main street and former bank building (Olympus mZD 12mm f/2 lens at f/3.2):



The old church with pink flamingos – unfortunately the church burnt down around 10 years ago and was sold into private hands.


Cottage window:


Heading north from Tarnagulla takes one through some pleasant pastoral regions with old farm cottages such as these:



Then tracking to the north-west towards Wedderburn, there is a very nice granite outcrop hill where Captain Melville, a bushranger of the gold rush days hid from the police – hence its name – Melville Caves – a great spot to explore and there is a camping site at the top of the hill as well as a picnic ground at the base – here is a shot from within Melville’s cave:

Melville caves

Heading back to Melbourne from Maryborough, you cross cairn Curran Reservoir and pass through Newstead before reaching Castlemaine, and on the way you will see sites such as these:

Old farm gates with water pump (my version of solarisation in Lightroom):

old farm

Cairn Curran Reservoir with a low pressure weather system crossing Victoria bringing storms:

Cairn Curran Reservoir


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