Limestone Coast Day 7 – Penola And Wannon Falls

Gorgeous morning at Kingston today, but cloud and wind increased my mid morning.
We drove about 90min to Penola thinking about the yummy home made pies we enjoyed on a previous visit. We pulled into the main drag looking for the pie shop only to be horrified at the nursery now located in the pie shop!
After lowering ourselves to pies from the bakery we spent a couple of hours in this nice old town. Penola’s main claim to fame is Australia’s saint Mary McKillop who spent a lot of time in this area. We skipped Mary’s info centre but spent time in Pettycoat lane which contains a number of buildings from the mid 1800’s. They are owned by the national trust and the Penola branch seems to have a rather warped sense of humour judging from the red phone box, stacked cow skulls, dog sculpture and white bloomers on the line.
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Sharam’s Cottages were built by the local bootmaker in the mid 1800’s and have been preserved in largely original condition. The Sharam’s lived in these cottages for most of their married lives, had 15 children and both lived to the age of 77 which was a pretty good innings in those days
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In the afternoon we headed off towards home and dropped into another favourite free camp, Wannon Falls which is located between Hamilton and Coleraine. It is very dry here and the falls were not even a trickle and the water left in the river was a horrible green colour.

The camp ground at Wannon is a nice bush camp with drop loos (which are about as civilised as drop loos can be), defined caravan sites and a nice shelter shed. We had 8 or 10 rigs for company and spent our last evening chatting around the fire with our ‘neighbours’.

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