Here is a bit of a tour of the downtown main street area (Churchill Street). This is a remaining segment of the Pacific Highway, the main road along Australia’s populous east coast, that still runs through a small town. The road area is broad enough for parallel parking lanes and angle parking as well, which is fairly efficient at getting plenty of spots in town without causing chaos with the substantial and very noisy highway truck traffic and the grey nomads in their caravans.
The town has a wonderful, long covered sidewalk area in front of the shops. The architecture is largely intact from around the late 1800-early 1900 period, with beautiful cornices and decorative detail. The Palace Hotel, with our ChArtS Gallery is right in the middle.
Many of the storefronts themselves are vintage (often described here as “heritage”), which gives a wonderful charm to the town. Vinnie’s is the shorthand term that has emerged for the St. Vincent DePaul Society second hand shops, which are quite elegant compared to the Goodwill stores in the States.
Across the road are many of the municipal buildings, such as the old wooden courthouse, a cafe next to the heritage post office, and newer public park/toilets and the Cultural Centre, where I’ll have my workshop on Saturday.
I got a kick out of the public bulletin board, showing our WBHD poster among adverts for piglets. You know your not in the big city anymore….a charming town, through and through.