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Toolleen Wayside Stop
I'm a retired photographer living in Lilydale mainly researching and writing on Australian aviation history. Now writing more on general subjects.
Published March 17th 2019
There is a lot to be seen in Toolleen
Toolleen is a dot on the map between Heathcote and Elmore on the Northern Highway in Victoria on the way to Echuca.
Your reason to stop at the dot is probably the sighting of the Toolleen Wayside Stop, a place to stretch your legs and perhaps boil the billy for a cuppa.
The sign on the shelter.
There is an undercover area with three picnic tables and the nearby toilets are clean and well maintained, at least the men's is.
The picnic shelter and toilet block.
After you have made your cuppa you will notice that illustrated information boards tell a little about the flora of the area.
Nearby you will notice a tall tree stump and a plaque atop a short stump.
The Toolleen Telegraph Tree.
The plaque reads, "Toolleen Telephone Tree. Established circa 1930s by district farmers to distribute local manual telephone to surrounding properties."
The Telegraph Tree plaque.
Across the road is the Toolleen Hotel, café, general store and post office. Behind the hotel is the Tin Shed, which is a function room catering for up to 150 guests.
The Toolleen Hotel.
A nearby pathway may attract your attention and wandering over to it a sign indicates it is the start of a 150 metre nature walk.
The entrance to the short nature walk.
The sign at the entrance
The walk is a flat meandering path with name plaques on many of the trees and shrubs that you encounter.
One of the many large trees in the area.
The plaque identifying the above tree.
At the end of the short walk, a picnic table awaits if you wish to linger longer.
At the end of the nature walk is a pcnic table.
In springtime I would expect to see many wildflowers on this short stroll.
Acacia Montana or Mallee Wattle
Just past the hotel on the Toolleen – Cornella Road a wooden building in the middle of a paddock catches the eye. Closer inspection reveals it is Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church.
The Sacred Heart of Jesus church.
I have passed this wayside stop many times on the way to Echuca, but once you stop you find there is a lot to be seen in Toolleen.
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Corner of the Northern Highway and the Toolleen – Cornella Road.
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