The weird and the wonderful

Funny how habit stops us from seeing.

For the last ten years or so I’ve been driving between Melbourne and Adelaide and made mental notes of points of interest along the way. Top of the list is Old Tailem Town, just outside Tailem Bend as you hit the final stretch toward Adelaide. On a recent trip I decided it was time to check it out.

I pulled in, paid my $25 and was struck immediately by the scale of the place. And the detail. Almost every building was decked out with appropriate stuff from the era. I was moved by a pug and pine cabin that was furnished as it would have been back in the day. It conveyed a strong, wistful sense of daily life in such conditions.

This historical accuracy is balanced, of course, by the weird stuff I love, and Old Tailem Town has plenty to discomfit visitors. Enjoy.