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Yerranderrie - A privately owned Ghost Town. (9 February 2004)

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Yerranderie Limeburners Flat, the only flat open space on the 100 Km drive from Goulburn. (See Story)

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.

Yerranderie From the flat, across the creek, is a precipitous low range 4WD climb up to the ridge. Soon after our visit this track was closed off.

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.

Yerranderie The town was established on silver and lead mining in 1871. During its heydays, 1900-1914, there were 2,000 residents and full services in the town.

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.

Yerranderie The open fireplaces and chimneys of the hotel are all that remain.

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.

Yerranderie Joe Deacon's tin shack, on the outskirts of Yerranderie, was subject to a Heritage study.

Few of the private residencesremain, although Joe Deacon's tin shack, on the way into town, was being assessed for heritage listing.

Yerranderie 'The Lodge', which was once the Post Office, is now backpackers accommodation. The cottage next door sells souvenirs.

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.

Yerranderie Mining relics lie around the town and in the bush.

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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