In our travels we have spied many interesting doors. Many have been worthy of a photograph. In fact for the first year we never even thought to photograph these portals into another world. What follows, in no particular chronological order, are a collection of doors we encountered during our travels.
I stopped in Coolamon southern NSW while on my way north in October 2010. I stayed three nights in the council campground because:
It was cheap. Only $10 per night.
I had power and it was raining and cold. Power was used to fire up the reverse cycle air conditioner which was used to keep me warm.
The town had interesting buildings and history.
Most importantly I had nowhere to be for a few weeks so this town was as good as any to stay awhile.
All the shops fronting the big wide main street had a service lane-way behind them. Once upon a time all the shops had outside stables and toilets beside the back lane-way.
We travelled to Taylors Arm, the small town with the local hotel reputedly the place where the song, “The Pub With No Beer” was written.
This doorway to a Doctors surgery in The Rocks area of Sydney NSW is typical of many of the doors on the old buildings in the area.
Many of the oldest buildings in the New England district of NSW, particularly Armidale, Guyra, Glen Innes and Uralla are built from locally made clay bricks known as Armidale Blue. Typically the old buildings have sturdy doors as well.
We stayed in a caravan park called Kidmans Camp on the north bank of the Darling River in the western NSW town of Bourke. The area is well known as the beginning of “the back o Bourke” a colloquialism for “in the middle of nowhere”. This old outdoor dunny became a telephone booth then as telephone booths became obsolete it is now a curiosity.
This gateway opens onto a brick paved courtyard between two buildings in Uralla NSW leads to an empty car-park.
Armidale Courthouse is a wonderful old building full of charm and character. It is a pity the building will become empty in 2013 when the court is moved to a newer building. Council is taking submissions for future use proposals.
The old Commercial banking Company of Sydney building at Inverell in NSW has been used by a number of tenants since the bank was amalgamated with National Australia Bank sometime in the 1980’s. Currently it is part of the courthouse precinct and houses the Sheriffs Office.
Ahhh! Tumburumba NSW in the southern NSW Alpine area. Those doors suggest it is warm inside.
I stayed here in September 2012. It was a great base for exploring around the Alpine areas of Victoria. The barn was toasty warm if I kept the slow combustion stove burning all day and night. I enjoyed staying here and the wonderful views of snow capped mountains all around the valley at Mt.Beauty.