Dinosaurs? What dinosaurs. Made from Bull Tree Fern trunks, in 1964 Jack Kelly carved and assembled the timber into dinosaurs, with one very large T-Rex gracing the front of the Noojee Hotel. Behind the hotel were several smaller dinosaurs in a grassed area next to a creek, like a Jurassic Park, long before that name was coined. We thought the sculptures were great and always enjoyed a visit to Noojee. Sadly as the years went on, the tree fern timber deteriorated and the last time I saw them, they were in a very sad state. I expect they are long gone, but I am sure there are photos around. Here is one of T-Rex from the Noojee historical society. It could almost be a photo of we four children, except Sister is the youngest.
The railway arrived from Warragul in 1919 and closed in 1954. Timber trestle bridges were used to cross large steep valleys and here is one very famous one at Noojee that miraculously was not destroyed by fire but was damaged and subsequently repaired.
Photo by mrgnat.
I believe this is the same bridge. Victorian Railways regrets to inform you that all trains to Noojee today have been cancelled. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.
The area around Noojee is normally very green and there is plenty of natural attractions to see. Not far away is the Toorongo Falls.
The roads in the area are now quite good and generally sealed. It's a nice part of our state to visit. I am not suggesting you wander in the bush and get lost, but if you did, you may come across water races, used for gold sluicing where channels were dug following contours of hills, more trestle bridges for the timber tramways and maybe remains of timber tramway wooden rails. Keep a look out for dangerous vertical mine shafts and horizontal shafts too. Maybe you will stumble across an overgrown clearing where there is evidence of a brick house chimney or some tough old roses or spring bulbs flowering in a long abandoned garden. I saw all these things in my childhood during bush rambles.