Visiting

VIC2021: Visiting Toolangi Discovery Centre

Originally constructed in 1994, the Toolangi Discovery Centre was established as an educational facility for the full range of all school groups where they could learn about the local forest and animals through informative and entertaining presentations. It was operated at the time by the Department of Sustainability and the Environment (now the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning). The Centre was closed in 2012 due to it not complying with bushfire building requirements.

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Architecture

Visiting: The Imperial Hotel, Rushworth

In my younger days, I have on the odd occasion fallen asleep in a bar – a few beers and a warm atmosphere can have that effect!

My most recent such experience was much less random when a visit to Rushworth in Regional Victoria included an overnight stay.

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Visiting

Visiting: Kirkness

 

During May 2019, I was staying in Kinross, Scotland, with my brother on a visit to see my elderly mother who lived in Kirkcaldy. It was on one of the journeys between the two towns that I noticed what looked like a number of abandoned and derelict buildings on the top of a hill.

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Architecture

Visiting: MONA

Not many people would purposefully visit a museum when it is closed, but I did exactly that during a recent short stay in Hobart.

Of course, the museum is no ordinary museum – it was the Museum of Old and Modern Art – and, actually, I did not have much choice about it being open or not as the only day I could visit was Christmas Day.

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Visiting

Visiting: Turpin Falls

Having visited Turpin Falls a couple of months ago to find it dry without any water running (see banner image), it was added to my many places to revisit. The pre-requisite, of course, was that there had to have been significant rainfall to result in a decent flow. So, on Saturday morning, I reckoned that the weather had produced enough rain and set out for the falls, with the hope that the rain would clear to allow me to take a few photographs.

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Infrastructure

Visiting: The Falkirk Wheel

Infrastructure projects are probably the least glamorous in the built environment space, but occasionally, a little gem is created. One of these is the Falkirk Wheel in Scotland. Opened in 2002, this engineering marvel completes a continuous waterway between Edinburgh and Glasgow by connecting the Union Canal and the Forth and Clyde Canal.

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Architecture

Visiting: Macallan Distillery

On a recent trip to back to Scotland, I went on a very short road trip, the primary objective of which was to visit the newly completed Macallan Distillery. Having viewed the video of the new facility under construction, this has been on my list of ‘must sees’ for the last year and it certainly did not disappoint.

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