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Yerranderrie - A privately owned Ghost Town. (9 February 2004)
contributed by DerrickJessop
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We began our journey from Goulburn, and travelled via Taralga on narrow fire trail roads down steep inclines to Limeburners Flat. This is a popular camping spot for moto crosse riders as tracks up the ridges indicate.
Beyond the flat we were faced with a precipitous climb out. definitely low range 4WD territory especially as recent rain made the gravel track slippery. I heard the road was closed a few days after our trip.
Following the ridges through lovely forest areas we came, after 100 Kms, to Yerranderie. The town was established in 1871 after the discovery of silver and lead. In those days access was only 40 Kms from Picton, but when the Warragamba Dam flooded the Burragorang Valley, Yerranderie was cut off.
Between 1900 and 1914 there were over 2,000 residents in the town which was separated into the 'Government Town' and the 'Private Town'. There was a school, three churches, two butchers, one hotel, a post office, a police station and court house and a silent movie theatre. One of the churches, the court house and school are still standing.
Few of the private residencesremain, although Joe Deacon's tin shack, on the way into town, was being assessed for heritage listing.
Brick chimneys stand among the scrub, among them those of the hotel. In the 'Private Town' area private owners have maintained a few buildings including a slab hut, the old post office, now backpackers accommodation and work sheds.
The town is popular, especially at weekends, for hikers, conservationists and tourists for whom accommodation can be provided.
Mine relics and mine sites dot the scrub, but Silver Peak Mine, close to the town, is a major mine site.
Although difficult to get to, a visit is well worth while.
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