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Mansfield: population 2550

AUSTRALIA | Friday, 28 September 2007 | Views [3137] | Comments [1]

So Mansfield is infamous - it's where Ned Kelly and his gang killed 3 law officers...

So Mansfield is infamous - it's where Ned Kelly and his gang killed 3 law officers...

I've entered the twilight zone; a one street surreal wonder of a place that's a far cry from the Mansfield i grew up in.

The plan was to go horse riding and experience the true essence of the Snowy River man.  I should have learnt by now - this isn't Asia.  I can't just turn up out of season, with no transport, not enough money and not enough time.

Mansfield (the Aussie one) is actually quite a pleasant little place - just like my old home it seems to contain more pubs and cafes than homes, but it has a library that's actually used.  That's a step-up from the illiterate Mansfield i know (and hate).  Parkland, wetland, horse ranches, sheep paddocks, views of hills and mountains...yup,  a big step-up.

I think I'm the only visitor to the town.  I'm certainly the only one staying in the motel/backpackers lodge.  So they've turned the heating off and it's freezing, doubly so for the heat lover me.  Still, i have the run around of the place, huge kitchen, choice of rooms, ping pong table - but no one to play with :-( and a DVD player.  So i cook stew and dumplings, wear two coats, buy some local grog, hire a couple of DVD's and catch-up on that much needed sleep.  I'll just have to try another time to catch that essence de Snowy River Man.

 

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Poor Mansfield [Notts, that is!] Wonder how Mansfield, OZ got it's name? Bet they don't brew their own beer....yes, I DO know Mansfield Breweries have closed. I play ping pong pretty well now, China's a good place to learn. Keep adventuring. When are you off to NZ? ... Shane: you've learnt ping pong while in China - how bizarre, next you'll be saying you eat with chop sticks. NZ in November...

  Tam Oct 10, 2007 7:19 PM

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