Poppet Head lookout

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vicnot
Melbourne, Australie322 contributions
mars 2022
Open to all/free. Plenty of steps just to get there (if you are coming from the bottom of the gardens instead of cheating and driving to the car park). Good views and history.
Kills 20m and get some exercise.
Écrit le 11 mai 2022
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TruffleKerfuffle
Sydney, Australie54 contributions
avr. 2022
Quick must see while in the park. It is a get little work out also and gives a good view of Bendigo.
Écrit le 22 avril 2022
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Traveller
Melbourne, Australie9 765 contributions
avr. 2022
My wife and I walked up the steps to the top to enjoy the scenic views over Bendigo, after walking across all of Rosalind Park. This lookout is very well located and well maintained. A good asset for Bendigo and a plus for visitors.
Écrit le 16 avril 2022
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Jeffry b
Essendon, Australie10 496 contributions
mars 2022
When gold was king, there were poppet heads all over Bendigo. The poppet heads were headframes that existed to remove the gold ore and to take miners to and from the workings. Today, few poppet heads remain, including the monster at the Central Deborah mine, and this Poppet Head lookour. You get a great view of Bendigo; it's a reminder of when gold was king.
Écrit le 30 mars 2022
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Jeffry b
Essendon, Australie10 496 contributions
oct. 2021
The poppet head is associated with gold mining, from whence came Bendigo's wealth. From this lookout, visitors can see this prosperous city spread out before them. Of all Victoria's historic gold cities, it's the one that has made the most of its heritage
Écrit le 31 octobre 2021
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Seymour, Australie41 365 contributions
juil. 2021
There are a few reasons to stop here to look around. Firstly and foremost, this is a great place to get views of Bendigo City and all you have to do is walk through Rosalind Park to get there... OR alternatively you can drive past the Queen Elizabeth Oval and park nearby.

The joys of this are twofold... you will of course get great views, but the second one is for those daredevils that love heights... this should thrill you!! :)

Installed at this site in 1931, the poppet head was originally used at the Garden Gully United mine.

And of course the other reason to stop here is the mosaic - which is a stylised representation of the central area of the main Bendigo Goldfield based on a geological plan. There are information signs at this site to explain all the intricacies.

It costs nothing and it's worth stopping.
Écrit le 26 juillet 2021
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Oldjack
Greater Melbourne, Australie25 895 contributions
juin 2021
The views were excellent over Rosalind Park and the city of Bendigo, probably the best of Victoria's regional towns. The poppet head on Camp Hill was installed in 1931 and it came from Garden Gully United Mine and depicts well the mining history of Bendigo. Definitely well worthy of the walk up the hill.
Écrit le 18 juin 2021
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Crois
11 contributions
mai 2021
The walk up was easier than I expected, but there are lookout points nearer to the bottom and the middle of the structure for those who are unable to make the climb as well. The wind can be really strong at the top so be careful. For safety reasons, the top of the lookout is completely surrounded by wire fencing so it does give a bit of an impression of being in a cage with a really good view.
Écrit le 11 mai 2021
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Peter S
Rome, Italie3 460 contributions
avr. 2021
Review of the Poppet Head on Camp Hill in Rosalind Park Bendigo

Only 11 reviews on TripAdvisor for the Poppet Head* on Camp Hill in Rosalind Park, and it has been on site for 90 years. The poppet head is one of half-dozen that remain standing in Greater Bendigo and surroundings. It was originally part of the Garden Gully United Mine – the richest mine on the richest reef in the city – which was located nearby.
New to Bendigo? This is the numero uno of places in which to start your exploration of the city and its heritage gold mining industry. Climb the tower to the observation platform 22 m above the surrounding park and take in the 360 view across the entire city. Climb the tower at different times of the day and take in the changing shadows of the main buildings in the city – a large proportion of which are heritage design and stand clear of the more modern buildings surrounding them. Focus upon the spires of the Sacred Heart Cathedral to the south-west which is brilliant white in the sunshine and dominates a residential neighbourhood <1 km away the other side of View Street.
The poppet head is an easy climb through two lower decks with zig-zag stairs between them – so, no long flights of stairs to challenge the eye. There’s no sense of danger everything is enclosed behind chain wire fencing. This, notwithstanding, watch the nervous and apprehensive climbers – those with over-active imaginations hanging on to the stair rails. At top is a ‘million-dollar’ view.
We were there on a warm and sunny autumn day in late April – the city and the park a galaxy of changing leaf colour – all that beauty in the senescence of the trees closing down for the winter. The clarity of the air over the city, the vegetation lining the roads, the brilliance of the colours … the city around you resembles an impressionist painting.
Which neatly raises the comparison of today’s Bendigo with that of the painting by James Meadow ‘Sandhurst from Camphill’**, which is in the Bendigo Art Gallery. It shows you the town from the same viewpoint, but from 140 years earlier. It was commissioned in 1886 for an exhibition in London with the artist working from secondary sources – he never set foot in the country. For all that, the painting is as good a reminder of this industrial Victorian city from those earlier times as you will get – Victorian by location and by epoch (the time of Victoria Regina et Imperatrix) but, equally, representing the people (and the environment) as subservient to the dominant industry of the day – mining. Count the tall chimney stacks in the painting – every stack representing a deep shaft mine. Note the lack of timber in the city and within easy-reach-of-the-city. Note the mine immediately beneath Camp Hill (and now the site of the RSL/Military Museum).
Imagine, in the 1840s – before gold was discovered - this was the Ravenswood Sheep Station; just 30 years later Bendigo was at the centre of goldmining country that covered >60 km2 land/area. There were >500 registered gold mines of which >200 were deep shaft mines (including eleven >1,000 m deep). The region hosted the largest concentration of deep mines in the world – as the miners (and, crucially, the mine-owners) tracked/followed the dominant 37 gold-bearing quartz reefs across the local subterranean world.
It is easy to lean on the rail high above Camp Hill, take in the modern city and speculate, on-the-one-hand, the hard/determined/brutal history of those early people/times as everything they found was swept to one side in the search for gold; and, on-the-other-hand, the wealth that eventually built the modern city (and contributed to ‘Marvellous’ Melbourne and, via the Colonial Exchequer, to the Empire that they both represented).
Then there’s the other exhibits that are close to the poppet head on Camp Hill. First there’s the Bendigo Heritage Mosaic around the legs of the structure. Designed by the Artist Maery Gabriel and completed by volunteers in 1997, it represents the development of the town and, in particularly, the history of local gold mining (including a cross-section of a typical deep mine) and the people who arrived from mainly from Europe, China and North America and those who stayed and made it their home – a permanent settlement from the original tented/shacked/tracked community of newcomers/chancers/drifters. A challenging interpretation of patterns for first timers like ourselves.
A few metres from the poppet head and hidden in low-bush-foliage is the cascade – a series of shallow basins over which water tumbles down the slope before it reaches a stand-alone fountain in the final basin, from which pumped water is returned to the top basin. Walk up and down the path adjacent to the cascades and appreciate the pleasure/sound of moving water. Surely, there should be a Buddha nearby? The cascades originally date from the 1880s but fell into disrepair in the early years of the 20th century where they languished before being resurrected in less elaborate form in 1997.
In summary then, and for those who enjoy an aerial overview of things, the poppet head provides glimpse of the modern city … before you catch the talking tram, explore the Chinese Museum, visit the Art Gallery and the 101 other attractions in this attractive city.
Moreover … the poppet head comes free of charge. When did you last climb a poppet head?

Peter Steele
10 May 2021

*Also called a ‘Head frame’ and/or ‘Winding tower’ it is the most visible part of the mine; it’s constructed directly above the vertical shaft and contains the hoist wheel or the sheave wheel. The poppet head provides the means whereby the miners, materials and services enter and exit the mine.
** The name ‘Bendigo’ dates from 1891. Before that the town was called ‘Sandhurst’.
Écrit le 10 mai 2021
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Denise P
16 contributions
avr. 2021
Make the effort to climb to the top as you get lovely views of the whole Bendigo town from there. Pick a day with good clear weather.
Écrit le 19 avril 2021
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