Wednesday, 14 March 2012

WARBURTON, YARRA RANGES

Warburton is a town in Victoria, Australia, 72 km east from Melbourne's central business district. At the 2006 Census, Warburton had a population of 2288. The name “Warburton” has been shared between two townships over the years. The mining town of “Yankee Jims Creek” was located on the gold-bearing slopes of Mount Little Joe, and was renamed “Warburton” after the mining warden of the district, Charles Warburton Carr. Gold depletion caused a declining population in the 1880s, so the town was renamed “Old Warburton” and the town of “Upper Warburton” on the banks on the Yarra River was renamed “Warburton”.

The Post Office opened around 1884 though two earlier offices named Warburton were renamed as Launching Place and Hoddle's Creek. Warburton was connected to Lilydale by a Victorian Railways branch line which closed in 1965. The railway path is now used for the Lilydale to Warburton Rail Trail, a rail trail used by pedestrians, cyclists, and horse-riders. East of Warburton is a large water catchment area called Upper Yarra Dam designed to supply Melbourne with the required amount of water sourced from the Thomson catchment area.

This post is part of the Watery Wednesday meme,
and also part of the Outdoor Wednesday meme.









14 comments:

  1. Such confusion can come from naming towns after yourself!
    I like the interesting shape of the buildings in the second last photo.

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  2. I like the gentle river in the first photo, and the family of ducks in the second!!

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  3. What wonderful, watery captures, Nick! The ducks are delightful, the river is so beautiful and peaceful! I like the little shop, too! Hope your week is going well!

    Sylvia

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  4. It's a beautiful area - my kind of place. :)

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  5. Beautiful country ~ and excellent 'watery shots' ~ thanks,Love your photos and presentation ~ thanks, namaste, Carol ^_^

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  6. Beautiful photos Nick. I especially like the ducks!

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  7. Can see on the vegetation that (it's true (what you said), many plants and flowers that grow where you live, ate the same as in California. I love streams like that!

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  8. You have some beautiful natural landscapes there!

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  9. Well, your first photo prompted an "Ah!" when I scrolled down the post, Nick. So lush and green. I can just imagine modern day gold miners wading these streams searching for nuggets. It looks like just the spot for vacationers. The little cottage shop is just perfect for its color combo. Could live in a house painted just so with that red roof. And in your last photo could almost imagine that I'm in Hawaii. Excellent tour!

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  10. So calm and serene Nick. Lovely photographs. What it would be like , to live there!

    Thanks.

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  11. Hi there - wonderful place - and the ice-cream shop near the bridge is one of the best in the southern hemisphere!

    Cheers - Stewart M

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  12. All beautiful shots Nick, love the misty mountains in the last image. I wonder if Charles Warburton ever came to WA, i live just off Warburton Ave!!

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  13. Haha! Just as I remember it from my youth when we visited my aunt there - all mist and drizzle! In some ways it's changed, in others not! Maybe it's time to re-visit ...

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  14. You've hit on one of my favourite parts of Victoria, Nick. It is such a pretty area. Gorgeous shots that bring back a flood of happy memories from a 10-month secondment with my job several years ago. Currently planning a re-visit soon. Got to love those ducks! Thanks for sharing.

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