Tuesday, 26 June 2012

SASSAFRAS, DANDENONGS


Sassafras is a locality and township within Greater Melbourne beyond the Melbourne metropolitan area Urban Growth Boundary, 43 km east from Melbourne’s central business district. Its Local Government Area is the Shire of Yarra Ranges. At the 2006 Census, Sassafras had a population of 968. It is located at an altitude of approximately 500 metres, near the top of the ridgeline of the Dandenong Ranges, a few kilometres south of the highest peak of Mount Dandenong.

The area was named Sassafras Gully, after the trees, which grew abundantly in the area. The land was opened to small scale farming in 1893 and a small township developed. The Post Office opened on 1 June 1901 and has always been known as Sassafras Gully. In the early 1900s tourism began to increase and the township consequently grew.

Today Sassafras is a tourist destination with several boutique stores including Devonshire tea outlets, antique shops and nurseries. Sassafras is home to an alternative school, Sherbrooke Community School. The area has had a history of bushfires, and areas near the town are known to have been burned out since the 1850s. Numerous small cottages are found in amongst the lush forest and several larger houses have been converted to Bed and Breakfast establishments.

This post is part of the Our World Tuesday meme.








17 comments:

  1. Looks like a delightful place to visit -- out of the way, tucked away and my favorite type of place! Terrific photos as always, Nick! Hope you have a great day!

    Sylvia

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  2. Yes, delightful country Nick. Gorgeous autumnal colours add that special touch too. Thanks for sharing more of wonderful Victoria!

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  3. Great shots of a great place!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

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  4. the trees!!
    they are all so lush and big and beautiful

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  5. Sounds like I enjoyed visiting there:) You 4th to last pic is my favorite! Thanks for sharing the Sassafras trees (they probably have a different name here in the US (gotto look it up) All your pics have that delightful cast of Fall.

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  6. I love that chalet stuck back in the woods! Nice photos - looks to be a sleepy little place!

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  7. I love the little houses that need a little love.

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  8. Great nature! Like the old house with a lot of history behind the walls..

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  9. A beautiful part of the world.

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  10. So beautiful! The beauty of the place makes you catch your breath.

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  11. What a beautiful place and those houses..really lovely.Thanks fro sharing and have a great day!

    Shantana

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  12. I really love that last photo - so lush! Reminds me of a Rousseau painting!

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  13. What a beautiful place.
    Great shots, I especially like the last one.
    Wish you a wonderful day.
    Mette

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  14. Seen from here, pictures close to a dream.


    Please have a good Wednesday.

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  15. I'm in awe at the bottom shot! What a dream place, love it! Fantastic capture!

    Best of luck with your new job! :-)

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