Weekend Wanderings – Woomelang, Land Worth Saving
That is what all the signs say when you come into Woomelang. There is a fight here to save the place, to keep it going. It is not the town it once was, but there is still a community here. It is a small community and everyone knows everyone. I come to Woomelang a bit, mainly to visit my mother, but I also love coming here because I think it is a fantastic place to take photos. For a photographer Woomelang does have a lot to offer.
This is the sign as you enter the town. I go past this sign every time I come to visit and you can see the silos in the distance.
I went out to take photos this morning, I first went out at 6 for a while then I went out a couple of hours later. No one was around, it was like I had the place to myself. Though you can pretty much photograph Woomelang at anytime of the day and have the same experience.
The old shearing shed is possibly the most photographed building in Woomelang. It is an interesting building, though no longer used for shearing. If you do go inside it, be it at your own peril. It probably isn’t very safe and you need to be very careful. I did go inside, but I didn’t explore it much.
One of the things I love about Woomelang is how they haven’t got rid of a lot of things just because they are no longer used. These power poles were for railway workers, and I assume caravans could be hooked into them. You wouldn’t get any power from them now I would think.
There is a small free caravan park on the main road. You can get power and there are toilets there as well with a free shower. Unfortunately this is the only place in Woomelang where you can get accommodation. If you don’t have a caravan and you want to come and take photos, then you would probably need to go to Hopetoun, there are places to stay there. It is only 30 kms away and doesn’t take long to drive here.
There isn’t much open, but the local shop, above, is very busy and the people who run it are very friendly. Tina makes a nice coffee. I must go and get one. They also do really good chips, as I found out last night.
I think Woomelang has a lot to offer photographers, and think it would be great for the town if people came to explore what is here. I am going to put photos in a gallery now with explanations under each one as to what they are.