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PAST EVENTS Shacks Open Day 2012 

The National Trust Heritage Festival Open day of the shack communities provided a unique opportunity for people to see just what is involved in the history and heritage of Little Garie, Era and Burning Palms. Visitors were given a walking tour of shack communities with a BBQ lunch hosted by shackholders. At Era there was also morning tea and a cup of hot soup! But the highlight of the day is that people can see for themselves the heritage of the shack communities.

Visitors and shackies at the Little Garie Hall

Visitors were treated to a guided tour of various shacks and given a glimpse of shack life. To peek inside and see how some are very simple with original kerosene technology and others more sophisticated with mod cons of solar power. Many visitors commented on how everything had been carried the long distances to the site, and were impressed by many stories of survival and innovation. It was great for the shackies to see the public interest in our heritage and to be able to tell our stories.

Having walked the steep track to Era and Burning Palms in particulary damp underfoot conditions, and braved the leeches on the way, those who did the tour to the southern two communities understood the effort involved in building and maintaining the shacks.

 Visitors at Era meet Barry at his shack, one of the oldest in the community. For more photos of the Era Open Day see Gallery page