Heritage Trail to showcase the Golden Plains Shire's hidden gems

HISTORICAL groups in Golden Plains Shire have joined forces to bring the first Heritage Trail to the region.

Woady Yaloak Historical Society president Bill Riches and secretary Pauline Riches in the 1859 stables in Smythesdale, which will feature in the Golden Plains Heritage Trail.

Woady Yaloak Historical Society president Bill Riches and secretary Pauline Riches in the 1859 stables in Smythesdale, which will feature in the Golden Plains Heritage Trail.

Set to be held as part of the 2014 National Trust Festival this week, the trail will showcase stories of hidden gems through a journey of the shire.

Features of the trail will include historic town walks, visits to old buildings and cemeteries, as well as activities and entertainment in several of the shire’s townships including Smythesdale, Linton and Meredith.

Woady Yaloak Historical Society secretary Pauline Riches said Smythesdale would host several tours of the 1959 Stables, the 1860 Courthouse and 1868 Lockup.

She said the relocated Gallows of the Ballarat Gaol would also be open between 10am and 3pm.

“It’s all part of making people aware of the absolutely fascinating history of Golden Plains and our area.

“I think people will become more curious and want to know more about our history.”

Trail visitors will be able to download a trail map from the Golden Plains Shire website. The map comes complete with highlights of places to visit and points of interest as well as local dining locations.

The Smythesdale Country Market will also be open between 9am and 1pm on the day.

AT A GLANCE

What: Golden Plains Shire Heritage Trail

When: Saturday, May 17

Where: Smythesdale, Steiglitz, Linton, Meredith, Lethbridge, Inverleigh

More information: visitgoldenplains.com.au

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