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Murray, New South Wales

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Murray Region, New South Wales has Budget Motels to make your holiday experience an affordable and comfortable one!

Running along the southern edge of NSW, the Murray region is full of stories. About the river, the land and the people who live there. It’s a place where great food is a part of everyday life and the drinks are one of a kind. Where you’ll want to spend as much time as you can outdoors, where the natural beauty will take your breath away, and where you’ll be inspired by fascinating history and culture. In The Murray, you can share a meal, an experience and an adventure. Because the best things in life are better when they’re shared.

The Murray region is brimming with farms, vineyards and artisan producers. There’s a delicious experience at every turn from picking your own berries to gourmet food trails and paddock to plate dining. Eat lunch by the river or in the shade of an olive grove, then taste boutique wines and sip whisky in a century-old flour mill.

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Lake Mulwala is an unforgettable sight with its majestic and ghostly river red gums, and offers a range of activities for visitors and locals alike.

Both sides of the lake have attractive foreshores that provide a year-round recreation area, including picnic and barbecue facilities, walking tracks, waterslides, playgrounds, a skate park, swimming pools and a splash park.  Species found in the area include Murray Cod, Trout Cod, Golden Perch (Yellow Belly), Silver Perch, and Murray Crayfish.

Murray River Paddlesteamers operate from the Port of Echuca located just 2.5 hours drive from Melbourne’s CBD. The company operate the iconic PS Emmylou, PS Canberra and Pride of the Murray.

The spectacular paddlesteamer, the PS Emmylou, the world’s only wood-fired cruising paddlesteamer was recently relaunched following a specially designed luxury upgrade and fit out.

Taking passengers for the first time through some of the most pristine and intact ecological forests, to places of geographic, historic and Aboriginal cultural significance, PS Emmylou will travel along the Murray River to world heritage wetlands, and the world’s largest red gum forest.

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Copper Coast, South Australia

Budget Motel Chain Copper Coast Yorke Peninsula South Australia

Copper Coast, South Australia has Budget Motels to make your holiday experience an affordable and comfortable one!

The Copper Coast towns of Kadina, Moonta and Wallaroo are collectively known as Australia’s Little Cornwall.  This is because a large settlement of Cornish copper miners lived in the region after copper was discovered near Kadina in 1859.

Fishing, boating, surfing, swimming, camping, bushwalking and wildlife; there’s so much to see and do along kilometres of pristine coast on the Yorke Peninsula on the Copper Coast. Just over an hour’s drive away from Adelaide and home to a whopping 700 kilometres of pristine coast.

One of South Australia’s most accessible seaside escapes; spend your days lounging on sandy-white shores and cooling off at one of the local breweries before retreating to you chic Hamptons-style cottage just minutes from the breathtaking Innes National Park.

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Stunning beaches and friendly coastal towns beckon, while inland are historic mining villages and spectacular national parks.

Blessed by nature and embraced by sea, Yorke Peninsula is a world apart. Here are magnificent beaches and jagged shorelines, friendly locals and rich farmland.

If you love seafood, you can stroll the shallows raking for blue swimmer crabs, dive for crayfish and scallops, or drop a line for King George Whiting.

It also boasts some of Australia’s greatest surfing beaches and is strewn with shipwrecks for divers. Back on dry land you can explore mining towns and national parks

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Central Victoria

Central Victoria has Budget Motels to make your holiday experience an affordable and comfortable one!

Delve into the past while celebrating the future in the diverse and dynamic Goldfields region.

Home to iconic museums and renowned art galleries, wildlife parks, farmers’ markets and lush gardens, the Goldfields are just waiting to be explored. Hear stories from Victoria’s golden age at Sovereign Hill and the Central Deborah Gold Mine, and learn about the famous Eureka Rebellion in Ballarat. See inspiring local artworks and blockbuster exhibits, shop for antiques in quaint villages, and wander through tranquil botanic gardens, lakeside parks and rambling Australian bushland.

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At Central Deborah Gold Mine you have the unique opportunity to descend underground and explore a real gold mine that successfully operated during the gold rush boom, extracting 929 kilograms of gold.  How far underground will you go 61, 85 or 228 metres?

The Golden Dragon Museum is Victoria’s first accredited museum and it beautifully presents processional regalia, carved furniture and costumes embroidered with gold bullion thread. Artefacts date as far back as the Shang Dynasty 1600 – 1026BC.

Experience a living history of the Chinese people in Bendigo, from the gold rush of the 1850’s to the present day, at the Chinese Cultural Centre of Australia.

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Southern Highlands, NSW

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Southern Highlands has Budget Motels to make your holiday experience an affordable and comfortable one!

From colonial heritage and cool-climate wines to spectacular waterfalls and wonderful national parks, the Southern Highlands makes for a great Country NSW escape. Rolling hills and unspoilt bushland are a fitting backdrop to explore the region’s charming country towns and villages.

This picturesque destination is perfect for day trips, weekend breaks and longer holidays. The drive from Sydney to Bowral – the largest town in the Southern Highlands – is 90 minutes and under two hours from Canberra. You can also travel by train. There’s many tours and things to do.

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The region’s towns, cellar doors and natural wonders are all within easy driving distance of each other. Pick up maps and invaluable local knowledge from the Southern Highlands Welcome Centre in Mittagong, a pretty town with fine colonial buildings and specialty stores.

Bowral is home to the annual Tulip Time Festival and the Bradman Museum and International Cricket Hall of Fame, which commemorates legendary Australian cricketer Sir Donald Bradman. A short drive southwest is the village of Berrima, with its convict-built Surveyor General Inn.

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Mungo National Park Mildura

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Mungo National Park in Mildura contains the remains of the earliest known humans to inhabit the Australian continent have been found in Mungo National Park, dating back to nearly 40,000 years ago.

Until 15,000 years ago the region was often a vast lake, its waters rising and ebbing according to climatic change, making Mungo a preferred habitat for a dazzling diversity of wildlife. Giant kangaroos, wombats and other mega fauna as well as Tasmanian tigers and devils roamed the land. A treasure trove of fossils is a legacy of this extraordinary heritage.

The abundance of the lake also made Mungo an ideal location for Aboriginal settlement. Tribes camped and fished along the shores, hunted for food and quarried stone from rock outcrops on the lake floor. Mungo is thus the site of one of earth’s longest continuous human habitations.

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Halloween Stories – Prettiest among the pretty

Prettiest among the pretty girls that stood upon the deck as the anchor of the Government immigrant ship ‘Downshire’ into Hobson’s Bay, in August, 1851, was Mary H, the heroine of my story. No regret mingled with the satisfaction that beamed from her large dark eyes, as their gaze fell on the shores of her new country, for her orphan brother, the only relative she had left in their own dear Emerald Isle, was even then preparing to follow her. Nor could she feel sad and lonely whilst the rich Irish brogue, from a subdued but manly and well-loved voice, fell softly on her ear, and the gentle pressure of her hand continually reminded her that she was not alone. Shipboard is a rare place for match-making, and, somehow or another, Henry Stephens had contrived to steal away the heart of the ‘Downshire’ belle. Prudence, however, compelled our young people to postpone their marriage, and whilst the good housewife qualities of the one readily procured her a situation in a highly respectable family in Melbourne, Henry obtained an appointment in the police force of the same town.

Their united savings soon mounted up, and in a few months the banns were published, and Christmas-Day fixed on for the wedding. Mary, at her lover’s express desire, quitted her mistress’s family to reside with a widow, a distant relative of his own, from whose house she was to be married. Delightful to the young people was this short period of leisure and uninterrupted intercourse, for the gold mania was now beginning to tell upon the excited imaginations of all, and Henry had already thrown up his situation; and it was settled their wedding trip should be to the golden gullies round Mount Buninyong.

And now let me hasten over this portion of my narrative. It is sad to dwell upon the history of human frailty, or to relate the oft-told tale of passion and villainy triumphant over virtue. A few days before Christmas, when the marriage ceremony was to be performed, they unfortunately spent one evening together alone, and he left her – ruined. Repentance followed sin, and the intervening time was passed by Mary in a state of the greatest mental anguish. With what trembling eagerness did she now look forward to the day which should make her his lawful wife.

It arrived. Mary and the friends of both stood beside the altar, whilst he, who should have been there to redeem his pledge and save his victim from open ruin and disgrace, was far away on the road to Ballarat.

To describe her agony would be impossible. Day after day, week after week, and no tidings from him came; conscience too acutely accounting to her for his faithlessness. Then the horrible truth forced itself upon her, that its consequences would soon too plainly declare her sin before the world; that upon her innocent offspring would fall a portion of its mother’s shame.

Thus six months stole sorrowfully away, and as yet none had even conjectured the deep cause she had for misery. Her brother’s nonarrival was also an unceasing source of anxiety, and almost daily might she have been seen at the Melbourne Post-office, each time to return more disappointed than before. At length the oft-repeated inquiry was answered in the affirmative, and eagerly she tore open the long-anticipated letter. It told her of an unexpected sum of money that had come into his hands – to them a small fortune – which had detained him in Ireland. This was read and almost immediately forgotten, as she learnt that he was arrived in Melbourne, and that only a few streets now separated them.

She raised her face, flushed and radiant with joyful excitement – her eyes fell upon him who had so cruelly injured her. The scream that burst from her lips brought him involuntarily to her side. What will not a woman forgive where once her heart has been touched – in the double joy of the moment the past was almost forgotten – together they re-read the welcome letter, and again he wooed her for his bride. She consented, and he himself led her to her brother, confessed their mutual fault, and second preparations for an immediate marriage were hurriedly made.

Once more at the altar of St. Peter’s stood the bridal party, and again at the appointed hour Stephens was far gone on his second expedition to the diggings, after having increased (if that was possible) his previous villainy, by borrowing a large portion of the money before mentioned from his intended brother-in-law. It was pretty evident that the prospect of doing this had influenced him in his apparently honourable desire to atone to the poor girl, who, completely prostrated by this second blow, was laid on the bed of sickness.

For some weeks she continued thus and her own sufferings were increased by the sight of her brother’s fury, as, on her partial recovery, he quitted her in search of her seducer.

During his absence Mary became a mother, and the little one that nestled in her bosom, made her half forgetful of her sorrows, and at times ready to embrace the delusive hope that some slight happiness in life was in store for her. But her bitter cup was not yet drained. Day by day, hour by hour, her little one pined away, until one dreary night she held within her arms only its tiny corpse.

Not one sound of grief – not an outward sign to show how deeply the heart was touched – escaped her. The busy neighbours left her for awhile, glad though amazed at her wondrous calmness; when they returned to finish their preparations for committing the child to its last resting-place, the mother and her infant had disappeared.

Carrying the lifeless burden closely pressed against her bosom, as though the pelting rain and chilling air could harm it now, Mary rapidly left the town where she had experienced so much misery, on – on – towards Geelong, the route her seducer and his pursuer had taken – on – across Iett’s Flat, until at length, weak and exhausted, she sank down on the barren plains beyond.

Next morning the early dawn found her still plodding her weary way – her only refreshment being a dry crust and some water obtained at an halting-house on the road; and many a passer-by, attracted by the wildness of her eyes, her eager manner, and disordered dress, cast after her a curious wondering look. But she heeded them not – on – on she pursued her course towards the Broken River.

Here she paused. The heavy winter rains had swollen the waters, which swept along, dashing over the irregular pieces of rock that formed the only means of crossing over. But danger was as nothing to her now – the first few steps were taken – the rapid stream was rushing wildly round her – a sensation of giddiness and exhaustion made her limbs tremble – her footing slipped on the wet and slimy stone – in another moment the ruthless waters carried her away.

The morrow came, and the sun shone brightly upon the still swollen and rapid river. Two men stood beside it, both too annoyed at this impediment to their return to Melbourne to be in the slightest degree aware of their proximity to one another. A bonnet caught by a projecting fragment of rock simultaneously attracted their attention: both moved towards the spot, and thus brought into closer contact they recognized each other. Deadly foes though they were, not a word passed between them, and silently they dragged the body of the unhappy girl to land. In her cold and tightened grasp still lay the child. As they stood gazing on those injured ones, within one breast remorse and shame, in the other, hatred and revenge, were raging violently.

Each step on the road to Ballarat had increased her brother’s desire for vengeance, and still further was this heightened on discovering that Stephens had already left the diggings to return to town. This disappointment maddened him; his whole energy was flung into tracing his foe, and in this he had succeeded so closely, that unknown to either, both had slept beneath the same roof at the inn beside the Broken River.

The voices of some of the loungers there, who were coming down to the Creek to see what mischief had been done during the night, aroused him. He glanced upon his enemy, who pale and trembling, stood gazing on the wreck that he had made. Revenge at last was in his hands – not a moment was to be lost – with the yell of a maniac he sprang upon the powerless and conscious-stricken man – seized him in his arms – rushed to the river – and ere any could interpose, both had found a grave where but a few minutes before the bodies of Mary and her infant had reposed.

This tragic story was published in A Lady’s Visit to the Gold Diggings of Australia in 1852-53 written by Ellen Clacy, 1853.

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Walhalla Cemetery Gippsland Victoria

Budget Motel Chain Gippsland Cursed Grave James Mitchell Walhalla Victoria

Stories from the grave…

There’re a lot of lone graves out there in the bush. There’re a lot of people buried there with so many stories.  Here is the story of the cursed grave of James Mitchell from 1880.

Many people have heard of the Walhalla Cemetery’s famous cursed grave in Gippsland VIC, which bears an inscription foretelling the doom of all those who stand over the tomb. James Mitchell died in a mining accident in 1880, and his tombstone in Walhalla reads:

Oh! Let my sudden doom

A warning be to all

E’en while thou bendest o’er my tomb

Thou may’st as quickly fall

Did you know that there is a grave in Timor which bears the very same inscription? Joseph Nicholls died in 1874, six years before James Mitchell. Nicholls died at the Duke and Timor Mine, also in a mining accident. He is buried at the Timor Cemetery with the very same curse displayed on his gravestone! If you are interested in taking a look, Joseph Nicholls’ grave is located just beyond and to the right of the central circle of trees at the Timor Cemetery, just 10 minutes from Maryborough.

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