A Country Practice … a trip down memory lane

Growing up I remember sitting down every week and watching A Country Practice, it was certainly a very popular show back in it’s day and reruns now are proving popular with everyone reminiscing and remembering their younger years. A Country Practice ran from 1981 to 1993 and was based around a hospital in a rural country town called Wandin Valley, following the lives and stories of the patients, the residents of the town and their ups and downs as they went about their daily lives. It was just a down to earth wholesome show, but one which did delve into some of the more serious issues of life from time to time. Everyone had their favourite character, who was yours? Was it the fun and quirky Molly, Sergeant Frank Gilroy, the town busy body Esme Watson, larrikins Bob & Cookie or was it Dr Elliott or Matron Sloan? There are far too many to choose from!

Now for those that don’t know, most of the outdoor scenes were filmed in and around Windsor, Pitt Town and Ebenezer in western Sydney, NSW. We recently decided to go on a trip out that way to visit some of the places that featured in the show. If you google enough you’ll find information and addresses on these locations, but we have provided information below that we found. Please do keep in mind that most of these places are private residences so remember to respect the owners privacy and do not attempt to enter their property.

First up and probably the most recognisable house from the show was the house that Frank and Shirley Gilroy lived in, as this was also the house that appeared in the opening credits.  

LOCATED:  Corner of Buckingham Street and Chatham Street, Pitt Town (opposite Pitt Town Primary School). (Private residence)


Next up is the Wandin Valley Church which featured in many weddings and funerals. This beautiful old church was actually Scot’s Church in Pitt Town, built in 1862.

LOCATED:  99 Bathurst Street, Pitt Town (corner of Buckingham Street)


Another unforgetable property was the Wandin Valley Police Station where Sergeant Frank Gilroy was based.

LOCATED:  17 Johnston Street, Pitt Town (Private residence)


The location of Muldoon’s Store has now been converted into a service station.

LOCATED:  85 Bathurst Street, Pitt Town (on the corner of Church Street)


The Wandin Valley Store is a pub, the Bird in Hand Inn in Pitt Town. 

LOCATED:  81 Bathurst Street, Pitt Town (intersection of Eldon Street)


The Wandin Valley School was Pitt Town Public. 

LOCATED:  17 Buckingham Street, Pitt Town


The Country Practice clinic

LOCATED:  Corner of Arndell Street & North Street/Court Street, Windsor (Private residence)


The property used as the Wandin Valley Hospital is a beautiful historic private residence in Oakville called ‘Clare House’, which was built using convict brick in 1828.

LOCATED:  29 Clare Crescent, Oakville (Private residence)


The local high school featured in the show was Windsor High.

LOCATED:  Mulgrave Road (turn off Windsor Road), McGraths Hill


Now this is one that everyone will know, who can forget the night Molly died, most of Australia was in tears that night! The filing location of Molly’s farm is located in Maraylya.

LOCATED:  St John’s Road, Maraylya (on the right hand side of the road, just up from the intersection with Cattai Ridge Road)


Doctor Terence Elliot’s home after he moved from upstairs at the clinic is located in Ebenezer. We didn’t get any photos of this one as the large property and house is built back off the road and hard to see.

LOCATED:  695 Sackville Road, Ebenezer.  Camelot (private home).


Historic Ebenezer Church (which is Australia’s oldest church) was used in several weddings for the show.

LOCATED:  95 Coromandel Road, Ebenezer


I’m sure there are plenty that we’ve missed as numerous buildings and houses in the area were used in the show, do you know any others?

Just a reminder though, please do keep in mind that most of these places are private residences. Respect the owners privacy when viewing and/or taking photos and do not attempt to enter their property without prior permission from the owner. The information given in this blog post is already freely available on the internet, but we have put it all together in one easy to find location.

Vivid Sydney at Taronga Zoo

All the Sydney-siders would know that Sydney recently held the ‘Vivid’ festival, but for those of you who are not aware of what this is, let us explain.

So what is Vivid Sydney all about?  Vivid Sydney is a festival of light, music and ideas which runs for close to a month every year.  It’s a free event featuring creative displays of light, sculptures, installations and music.  These light displays and pictures are projected on to various buildings around the city, including the famous Opera House. Most would have to say that the display on the Opera House is the highlight of Vivid. I guess you could describe the event as a huge outdoor ‘art gallery’.  Vivid Sydney has been running for a number of years now and it’s a very popular event for locals and tourists alike.

Every few years we brave the crowds and head in to the city to see Vivid, last time we even did a dinner cruise to view it from the harbour. This year we thought we’d try something different and purchased tickets to see Vivid at Taronga Zoo and it was amazing.

dsc_0301What happens at Vivid at Taronga Zoo?  Now this is another experience altogether. With incredible giant animal sculptures scattered throughout the zoo, this is truly a great experience.  Add in the incredible views back towards the lights of the city and it’s a breathtaking experience.

Unlike the Vivid displays in the city, you do need to purchase a ticket to visit the Zoo, but we think it was worth it.  It’s a totally different experience and, as the ticket numbers are limited and you are limited to a certain time slot, it isn’t as crowded as the city.

As you arrive at the Zoo you are greeted with amazing pictures projected onto Taronga’s heritage-listed main entrance.  From here you are issued with your interactive wristband and head down the illuminated trail that winds its way through the grounds of Taronga Zoo.  Every so often there is a huge light sculpture of one of the zoo animals.

The great thing about this event is that proceeds from all tickets go directly back to Taronga Zoo’s work in conservation and wildlife care.

Below are just a few of the photos we took at this year’s Vivid at Taronga Zoo.

 

 

 

Autumn Harvest at Rouse Hill House & Farm

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This morning we headed out for a taste of country life ….. 10 minutes from home!  We have been talking about going to Rouse Hill House & Farm for years and now we will definitely be back, what a beautiful place!  Today we went to the Autumn Harvest.  This featured markets, which had local produce such as chutneys, honey, oils and vinegars, fruit and vegetables and yummy scones, jam & cream!

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Rouse Hill House & Farm is a 19th century sandstone house set on 13 acres of rural property, including lots of barns and outbuildings.  The views from here are great, surrounded by lush green paddocks and bush.  You wouldn’t think you are that close to the city ……. until you look across the road through the trees and see the big ‘bunnings’ sign!!

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Richard Rouse and his wife, Elizabeth, were granted the land and built the house in the early 1800’s.  Six generations of the Rouse family then occupied the house consecutively from the 1800’s until the late 1990’s, how amazing is that.  It was then opened as a museum to share it’s amazing history with the public.

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 We will be back to tour the house itself, so much more history to learn.   You tend to take your local surroundings for granted, but you’d be amazed at how much history surrounds us, get out there and find out about your local areas too!

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