Tillegra Dam not withstanding.
So once again I packed the old 400D, some sandwiches & during my meal breaks travelled around some of the rural communities located alongside the New England Highway, to the villages of Lochinvar, Greta, Luskintyre, Oswald, Windermere, Aberglasslyn & Oakhampton. It was as at Oakhampton, located near Maitland, where I visited the historic Walka Water Works. This outstanding ornate industrial building was completed in 1887 to serve the growing water needs of Newcastle & the Hunter Valley & remained operational till 1929. Then from 1951 it had another life as a power station, till that was shut down in1978. It's history & archetecture is a real joy to be admired & another example of the making industrial buildings a work of art & not just functional.
Also located near to the Walka Water Works is the historic Oakhampton cemetery. A
comtemplative walk around this picturesque old cemetery (located on the banks of the Hunter River), gives a real insight into how hard life was for those early pioneers, especially given the amount of graves of infants & mothers who died during childbirth. This was a hard life for those who struggled tilling the soil & raising a family.
So if it's history, solitude or observing outstanding natural beauty, grab your camera & take a trip to some of the quaintest areas of NSW.
You and I, country dreamer,
when there's nothing else to do;
Me oh my, country dreamer,
make a country dream come true.
(Paul McCartney - 'Country Dreamer')