Saturday, December 10, 2011

2010_12_04 Gawler shooting

This is an old town that took me almost 2 hours on the train to get there!!! This is the furthest of the northern region one can get to on a convenient public transport. 42km from Adelaide.

Somehow i wanted to see new places and shoot new things, hence i went on this train to visit this town. It turned out to be quite a nice day walk + shooting. 

Gawler is one of the gateways for most people to get to the famous Barossa Valley due to its closer proximity. Much to my unknown, this town is the first country town of SA!!! Hence, there's a lot of heritage value in this town. The town plan was devised by the colonial surveyor William Light, and was the only town planned by him other than Adelaide. Gawler prospered early with the discovery of copper nearby at Kapunda and Burra, which resulted in Gawler becoming a resting stop to and from Adelaide. Later, it developed industries including flour milling and manufacturing steam locomotives. Now, Gawler is a commercial centre for the Mid-North districts of South Australia.

My visit was near Christmas where they have the Gawler Christmas street festival, almost the same time this time of the year!!! (sigh, lol). One can see X'mas decoration on the buildings. Here's the photos!!! Enjoy!!!

The last train stop

Love how the colour of the building match with "Coles" the supermarket name

Somehow i didn't expect to see such a tropical feel garden in the this part of the world, especially not so far up north, guessed this owner really like the tropical feel, hey??

Tiny little flowers that bloom like a carpet in a memoral garden

Love the colour of this "the Bunyip" shop!!!

The old and bit of X'mas decoration seems to match up well. There are many historic Gawler hotels and pubs worth visiting. In fact, there's a historic Gawler hotel trail that one can follow.

Came to park on the fringe of the town. 

I just love those big barky root these trees have!!! I also love how these trees form big canopies on top much like a fairy tale Peter Pan tree, haha. Usually one see one or two of these trees in the city, but a stretch of them like here!!! Can't help myself but took a few photos of myself here and have a good nap to enjoy the place!!!

Really like the feeling this building gave me!!! I can imagine people looking out of the window much like in a western old movies, haha.

Always keen for a shot of Jacarandas no matter how many times i shot them!!! These trees are too beautiful in full bloom!!! 

As mentioned above Gawler once was a place for manufacturing steam locomotives, hence this model here i gussed.

The X'mas decoration here is as good as one can get in Adelaide CBD, (one of the best). The lighting helps somehow, haha. 

Merry X'mas and a Happy New year 2012 from me down under!!! It's a summer X'mas down here, Ho Ho Ho...