From Trash to Treasure

Kevtoberfest#24 Mitta Mitta

After our scenic drive through the Alpine National Park, we arrived at the tiny township of Mitta Mitta, home to 31 permanent residents. When Glen asked the manager if there was free Wi-Fi for our phones he laughed and said, “You’ll be lucky to get a TV channel let alone any phone reception.” It was going to be a quiet night.

With a couple of free hours before the sun set, we went for a walk beside the Mitta Mitta River. In the shallows, the water bubbled over the rocky riverbed while on the broad bends the surface was calmer, mirroring the evergreen eucalypts and bare-branched poplars on the river bank.

Kookaburras perched high in a gum tree greeted us, their raucous laugh breaking the silence.

Just as we were thinking Mitta Mitta must be the sleepiest town in Australia we came across some evidence which proved us wrong. Spaced along the grassy path were sculptures, all composed of bits and pieces, discarded scrap metal and household items past their use-by date. The plaque accompanying each piece told us these were all previous entrants in the Bushcraft Sculpture competition at the Mighty Mitta Muster.

We discovered we’d come to Mitta Mitta at the wrong time of year. Every March, the muster attracts thousands of visitors to the little town. Typical country events include a rodeo, wood chop, tug of war and whip cracking, along with craft stalls, horse and dog competitions, athletics and a fun run.

Next time we go to Mitta Mitta, we might need to book ahead!

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62 thoughts on “From Trash to Treasure

  1. What a surprise to have stumbled upon these quirky sculptures. It’s great the town comes to life for this festival every March. I bet if you had come then, you’d have had a whole different experience. I love the quieter discoveries myself, though. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • You should google kookaburras and find a video of their laugh. It’s quite unique. They actually use it as a warning to other birds to stay away. This trip in on the home run now. Glad you’re still enjoying it.

  2. I never mind to have a place to myself, Carol. Love the first piece of sculpture and I’m a sucker for a kookaburra. ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks darlin! Won’t be online much after today.

  3. Reminded me of the very odd sculptures we noticed when driving through Western Australia. Seems tin / metal sculptures are very popular in Oz.

  4. What a cute little bird…It must be really difficult to get a spot in that small community, maybe it’s good you came during a quiet part of the year!

  5. Now that sounds like my kind of town! One weekend of bustling fun and lovely solitude for the rest of the year. The sculptures are innovative and fun and the river, serene. Great shot of the perky kookaburra!

  6. Love the kookaburras. Am reminded of a song “kookaburra sits in the old gum tree… merry merry king of the bush is he…!” Something we used to sing as kids. Love the sculptures as I generally prefer to see sculptures outside in nature than inside in a museum.


  7. Mitta Mitta is gorgeous. Iโ€™ve actually been to a muster there and the whole area comes alive. Itโ€™s fabulous. Love those sculptures! ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. Gosh I must have driven so close to this place on several occasions and still doesn’t ring any bells – there must be a great satisfaction in finding out such a quirky fact about this sleepy little town!

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  10. These sculptures are truly amazing and I really enjoyed your pictures. This place seems worth visiting and exploring. Is it possible to go for a swim in the Mitta Mitta River?

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