Winton’s Musical Fence

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The morning we left Winton we had a quick look at the Musical Fence.  I’m so glad we did. Winton's Musical Fence | How Many More Minutes? I wasn’t quite sure what to expect.  I was picturing something like this (which ran around the outside of the area), where you could run a stick along it and make music on a fence.  But that by itself didn’t sound too special, you can do that with nearly any fence. Winton's Musical Fence | How Many More Minutes? I’d heard you could play music on the fence.  That’s what this area was, complete with sheet music! Winton's Musical Fence | How Many More Minutes? It couldn’t be any other song, could it?  Winton is home to the Waltzing Matilda Centre which we had planned to visit.  Unfortunately the centre was damaged by fire just a few months prior and won’t be open again until sometime next year at the earliest. Winton's Musical Fence | How Many More Minutes? As for the fence, there were some markings on the fence and you were supposed to be able to play the song on it.  I didn’t have much luck with making anything that sounded like a tune. Winton's Musical Fence | How Many More Minutes? But there was other music to be made!  Check out the ‘bush drum kit’. Winton's Musical Fence | How Many More Minutes? Winton's Musical Fence | How Many More Minutes?Winton's Musical Fence | How Many More Minutes? Winton's Musical Fence | How Many More Minutes?Winton's Musical Fence | How Many More Minutes?Winton's Musical Fence | How Many More Minutes? A few other things around, but the drum kit seemed to be everyone’s favourite. Winton's Musical Fence | How Many More Minutes?Winton's Musical Fence | How Many More Minutes? Winton's Musical Fence | How Many More Minutes? Nearby was a cairn marking the original Qantas landing ground.  Lots of history in this area!  When we visited the Qantas museum in Longreach we learned that Qantas was originally started in Winton, the first board meeting was held here.  The headquarters were soon moved to Longreach. Qantas Cairn in Winton | How Many More Minutes? Qantas Cairn in Winton | How Many More Minutes? Qantas Cairn in Winton | How Many More Minutes? We made this stop on the morning we were leaving, and I forgot until it was too late that there was one other stop I wanted to make: Arno’s Wall.  It’s a tall concrete wall with all sorts of junk cemented into it: sewing machines, hubcaps, even the kitchen sink.  Would have been great fun for the kids to look at…maybe next time!

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