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Laanecoorie

The Laanecoorie ride is for the more fit and experienced riders and mountain bikes are advised. The first rise is not far from Dunolly as you climb past the water supply above the town, then its up and down following the pipeline which brings water to the town from Laanecoorie. Along Brundells track there is quite a steep rocky pinch to a high point with a great view. Alternatives are to walk up this short climb of take the signed alternative route.

Once on the bitumen on the Eddington Laanecoorie road there is a great barbeque site signed and indicated on the map which overlooks the Loddon River. Back on the ride, you'll pass more barbeque facilities and toilets at Anchors Causeway and there's a kiosk at the Caravan Park just up the road at the Reservoir.

Raymon Parade is an unmade road but when you get back in the bush on Jude Track the going can get a bit rough again with short steep rises and rocky sections. From here the green signs take you to the Waanyarra Recreation area with toilets, shelter, barbeque and a camping area. From here you can follow the blue (Waanyarra signs) back to Dunolly or continue up to the Dunolly Tarnagulla Road to either continue on the Tarnagulla Track or ride back to Dunolly on the bitumen.


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Additional notes by Margaret Van Veen

Banks Reef
Along Blundells' track you pass by Banks Reef where during the 1880's horses were used to transport rock down into the mine. The practice of using horses was common in many mining areas. The animal was lowered into the shaft often hundreds of feet, in a sling with their hind legs drawn close to their bodies, sent down tail first. Stables were built in the shaft and horses could expected to live down there with only candle light for years, even foaling while down there. One local who lived nearby recalls the animals being blind by the time they returned to the surface, yet newspaper reports claim the horses were happy living in the mine.

Laanecoorie.
One of the earliest sub divisions of the Charlotte Plains (the name given by the first graziers to the whole district), the name Laanecoorie is Aboriginal for 'the meeting place of the old man kangaroo'. As far back as 1864, when the first state school was opened, Laanecoorie was a lively community with dances on moonlit nights so people in gigs and buggies could see their way home. Laanecoorie Weir started in 1889 and took three years to build, but the great flood of 1909 burst the weir sending 18.3 million cubic metres of water down stream, causing sever damage to all towns down stream. Even as far away as Timor the hotel had water flowing straight through the bar. The weirs capacity has diminished over the years, due to Cairn Curran and Tullaroop being built upstream, however it still supplies water to most of the district's towns and is a great spot to relax, swim, or canoe.

Mortons Inn.
On the way to Waanyarra you will pass the Mortons' Old Hotel. The Mortons were one of the earliest pioneering families to settle at Jones' Creek. It is believed that Michael Morton was transported to Australia (Van Diemens Land) as a convict in 1847. It is not known how they ended up at Jones Creek, but they lived here at the hotel/general store until 1921, when they moved a short distance up the road. In Lynne Douthat's book 'The Footsteps Echo', she relays a story of Christmas at the Mortons, which gives a wonderful impression of life for the districts pioneering families. 'My brother and I always went to our Grandparents a few days before Christmas to help with the preparations…..we helped grandad trim the 'Old Man' bush along the path….and Grandma whitewash the cellar which housed… wonderful homemade Hop Beer, Ginger Beer and cordials which had been brewing sometime and were offered to all from far and wide that came visiting….One of our favourite pre-Christmas tasks was papering the 'Dunny'...cutting out pictures of cows, sheep, bulls and show girls….we delighted in making the place a show place. The task was not complete until extra squares were cut and hung up on string. (Recollections of Norma Dickson).

 

 

 

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