Bridestowe Lavender Estate

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Our next stop was at a 265 acre lavender farm called Bridestowe Lavender Estate. We were there at an optimum time of the year. There were lavender bushes for miles. They had been grown in curved rows that followed the rolling hills.  The scene was 100% spectacular. We entered the place through a shop and went out the back to their distillery where the owner gave us a talk on the processes used at the farm.




Rolling hills of Bridestowe Bridestowe Lavender Estate
Lavender is a home for the local bees The bees lovely this lavender









Back in the shop there was a cafeteria selling some lavender flavoured foods.  Lavender ice cream sold for $4.  In my opinion lavender doesn’t work well in food so I wasn’t the least bit tempted to try it.  There were all sorts of touristy things to buy.  We bought heaps of lavender incense bundles ($4.95 each) and lots of little lavender soaps  ($2.20 each).  They were going to be presents for family back home.
We took umpteen photos of the lavender covered slopes.  It was a very photographic place. Pity our photos weren’t as good as the company’s photos on their website.

Added later:  The little soaps had a bit of perfume to them but the lavender incense was a total waste of money.  There was no lavender perfume from it whatsoever – just a miserable burning smell.  I checked with family members and they said their incense was no good either.  I rang Bridestowe to let them know. I am a business owner myself and if my products were faulty I would want to know.  The girl who answered the phone said the person I needed to speak to wasn’t there but she would leave a message for her to call me back.  Sadly I never got a return call.


Beaconsfield Mine and Heritage Centre

The afternoon was marching on and our next stop was Beaconsfield

Beaconsfield Mine Museum The front of the Museum
Beaconsfield ruins at mine Ruins at the mine









Like most of the others on our coach, our knowledge of Beaconsfield was limited to the mining disaster back in 2006. We didn’t really even know what used to be mined there and certainly didn’t know there was an excellent museum to visit.  For those who aren’t familiar with the history, there was a mining disaster seven years ago caused by a minor earth quake.  Initially, 14 miners successfully escaped but the disaster claimed the life of Larry Knight and trapped Brant Webb and Todd Russell underground for two weeks.  There is an excellent reference here about the mining disaster on Wikipedia

Heaps of exhibits to see One of many exhibits
More mine equipment More mine equipment









This amazing interpretive museum covers the story of gold mining in this area right through to the mining disaster.  We were amazed to find that 700 people worked in the mine at one stage.  There is a display there that shows the layout of the hundreds of tunnels in 3D.  We tried to take a photo of it but it was behind glass so the photos were pretty useless.  The museum is a real hand-on interpretive place.  What an excellent way to learn about the history of Beaconsfield.


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