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Harrietville

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A small township of around 400 which began life as a mining settlement with a long golden history and is now a scenic tourist stop with accommodation for skiers and music festivals on the Alpine Highway.

The statue of the gold prospector at Harrietville.

Most of the initial prospecting activities involved panning for alluvial gold just as shown by the statue before moving underground in deep shafts looking for reefs.

Harrietville Prospector Statue
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Harrietville Log 001
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A large log carting wagon located in the Harrietville Historic Park. The wagon itself was made of logs with a minimal metal parts, including the wooden wheels.

Harrietville Gold Monument 002
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A monument in the township commemorating the discovery of gold.  The monument was unveiled in 1952, one hundred years after the first discovery.

Harrietville Ovens River 002
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The Ovens River as it passes through Harrietville.  The river rises at Harrietville, feed by runoffs from high slopes within the Alpine National Park and Mount Buffalo National Park.

Mount Feathertop and Razorback
By Peter Campbell (self-made, Nikon D80) [GFDL or CC BY-SA 3.0 ], via Wikimedia Commons

Harrietville lies at the foot of Mount Feathertop, the second highest mountain in Victoria at 1922m and part of the Alpine National Park.  The Mount Buffalo National Park is just a few kilometres to the north west.