Tin City

I am posting a bit early today because I have a couple of pretty busy days ahead. Out this evening out tomorrow and out Thursday too.

As a follow on to yesterday's photo, showing the Stockton sand dunes in the distance, I thought I would post this photo of one of the shacks at Tin City. Tin City is a small settlement of shacks hidden in the sand dunes.

In the late 19th century shipwrecks on Stockton Beach were so common that two tin sheds were constructed on a part of the beach to hold provisions for shipwrecked sailors. During the Great Depression of the 1930s a group of squatters constructed a series of tin shacks at the site which is approximately 11 km south west of Anna Bay. During World War II the shacks were torn down to make way for an Army camp. Today, eleven of the shacks, known collectively as Tin City, remain but no new shacks may be built, nor can existing shacks be rebuilt if they are destroyed by the elements. Tin City and the beach's sand dunes were used for several scenes in the movie Mad Max.

There is no road access to Tin City, but there are 4wd tours across the dunes from Birubi Beach at Anna Bay. I didn't go on one of the tours though, I took this photo last year when a group of us decided to walk to Tin City from the Boyces Trail through Worimi National Park and across the sand dunes. It was quite a hike I can tell you and pretty hard work climbing up and down the dunes. We each collected twigs from trees in the national park and stuck them in the sand at intervals over the dunes so that we could follow the trail back from Tin City across the dunes and then through the National Park back, to our cars. Wouldn't have fancied getting lost in the dunes as they go on for miles. It would be easy to go round in circles.
I love this and what an interesting commentary. fav I can imagine walking on the dunes! A good idea to leave a twig trail.
posted July 26th, 2016  
Wow! What a great adventure and brilliant shot! Fav
posted July 26th, 2016  
What an intrepid explorer/photographer you are Babs risking life and limb to get this wonderful image and then have to retrace your steps to get back to civilisation, has to be a Fav, thanks for the narrative very interesting:)
posted July 26th, 2016  
Fantastic photo and a really interesting story. Do people live in these tin shacks?
Many thanks for your comments/advice Babs on my uploading problem. You're absolutely right, I just didn't think of it as I don't usually have a problem. Most of my birds and insects are cropped so upload easily but the landscapes and garden shots usually aren't. I don't know how to resize them (I'm embarassed to admit!) but Mr C is going to show me how this evening.
posted July 26th, 2016  
Great capture, and I love the story behind it all!
posted July 26th, 2016  
I am surprised these shacks are not covered with sand. Very interesting shot and text
posted July 26th, 2016  
Amazing place and interesting narrative
posted July 26th, 2016  
Love this FAV
posted July 26th, 2016  
Great shot & story, I so like that kind of info...That would have been some trek you all did & I certainly wouldn't want to be lost in those sane dunes.
posted July 26th, 2016  
Amazing place and amazing shot!
posted July 26th, 2016  
Fascinating to see the building surrounded by the sand and dunes. :)
posted July 26th, 2016  
Great shot fav
posted July 26th, 2016  
Fascinating shot
posted July 26th, 2016  
What an amazing place and what a history. I'm also surprised they haven't been taken by the drifting sands. A great adventure to find these.
posted July 26th, 2016  
Lovely shot and appreciate it doubly when considering what went in to getting it!
posted July 26th, 2016  
Love it! And your adventure in walking there is terrific :) fav
posted July 26th, 2016  
Love this.
posted July 26th, 2016  
Great shot, really gives a great sense of this desolate place.
posted July 26th, 2016  
@susiemc Thanks Sue, yes people do live in them,
posted July 26th, 2016  
@ethelperry @Cherrill Thanks. They do get buried sometimes when the storms occur and the sand shifts and have to be dug out, but apparently if any of the shacks get destroyed fully they can't be built again.
posted July 26th, 2016  
Great capture and narrative
posted July 26th, 2016  
Could be a scene from Star Wars :) Really beautiful sand dunes - excellent :)
posted July 26th, 2016  
Looks pretty desolate. Interesting information. I, like Ethel, am surprised that they haven't been claimed by the sand dunes.
posted July 26th, 2016  
Great capture Babs and interesting background info :)
posted July 26th, 2016  
Definitely could be miles from anywhere. No wonder it was great for filming Mad Max.
posted July 26th, 2016  
Cool shot. It looks pretty barren there. Interesting information, too.
posted July 26th, 2016  
Wonderful shot, shows you what nature can do...Fav
posted July 26th, 2016  
Brilliant capture.. At least this little bit of history is now preserved should anything ever happen to the huts. Interesting information also.
posted July 26th, 2016  
Such a history! You were very brave to do it on foot, great capture, fav
posted July 26th, 2016  
Great history and photo. I saw a program on tv about this. so nice you got to see it. fav
posted July 26th, 2016  
Interesting capture but I'm sure that sand could get everywhere in the buildings.
posted July 26th, 2016  
Nice capture Babs. I find it a little strange to see buildings like this in the sand but having read your explanation their construction makes sense. Very interesting info. I have never seen Mad Max, but will look out for it now purely to see the sand scenes! Thanks for sharing.
posted July 26th, 2016  
Ah we have a Stockton in the UK nut it doesn't look like this! This is a fabulous scene.
posted July 26th, 2016  
Fascinating image and history...fav
posted July 26th, 2016  
Wow loved the history behind these it looks very isolated cool image fav
posted July 26th, 2016  
Very interesting story and a great capure of the sand dunes. We planted our dunes because the wind erosion.
posted July 26th, 2016  
I know how tough walking on sand dunes is so I admire you for getting there and back, it must have been quite a challenge. This certainly looks just like a film set!
posted July 26th, 2016  
I bet those shacks have a storey or 10 to tell.
posted July 26th, 2016  
Interesting place!
posted July 26th, 2016  
Fabulous capture! Great contrast between the dunes and the tin shacks.
posted July 26th, 2016  
Looks dry and hot!
posted July 27th, 2016  
Great info and awesome capture!
posted July 27th, 2016  
Fascinating picture and story - and yes, sand dunes are hard going.
posted July 27th, 2016  
Fascinating history and story there Babs, thanks for sharing. That hike must've tested out everyone's legs. No way I could walk in that sand.
posted July 27th, 2016  
Great capture...i have a few photos of Tin City from a few years ago.
posted July 27th, 2016  
great story Babs - I must get there one day
posted July 27th, 2016  
Fascinating commentary to this shot
posted July 27th, 2016  
This is fascinating.
posted July 27th, 2016  
@quietpurplehaze @karens54 @pcoulson @cmp @beryl @777margo @happysnaps @olenadole @hermann @onlyme111 @dizzyd @cottiac @gilbertwood @sdutoit @jodies @seattlite @paul10 @merrelyn @365projectorgjenfurj @mittens @tonygig @shirleybankfarm @craftymeg @stefneyhart @ladymagpie @stephanies @busylady @ivan @dawnee @pyrrhula @inthecloud5 @deborah63 @loweygrace @kwiksilver @kwind @radiogirl @jeneurell @leestevo @annied @adayinmallacoota @yaorenliu Thanks so much, sorry for the late reply but it is a bit of a busy week here. Out this morning too and then a friend is coming round here this afternoon.
It was a bit of a trek over the dunes, but very interesting. It was a good job that we put a trail of twigs to find our way back over the dunes because although the National Park is easy to find. (You can see some of the trees in the distance at the top right of this picture) we had to get back to Boyces Trail, because that is the only track through the national park to get back to our cars.
posted July 28th, 2016  
@salza The shacks have to be dug out quite often as the sand shifts, but they seem to survive.
posted July 28th, 2016  
@busylady Yes I know where your Stockton is and I agree it is slightly different to this.
posted July 28th, 2016  
@golftragic The hike was interesting to say the least. Through the National Park wasn't too bad but once we came to the dunes it wasn't a pretty sight as we had to climb on all fours up some of the dunes as they were so high and then run hell for leather down the other side so we didn't sink in the soft sand. Once on the flat at the beach though it was easy.
posted July 28th, 2016  
@stephanies I've never seen Mad Max either but I have heard that one of the shacks was used as a bar in the movie.
posted July 28th, 2016  
@stefneyhart Interesting, I didn't know that they had made a TV programme about Tin City. Would be interesting to see.
posted July 28th, 2016  
@onewing Wish you'd taken video?
posted July 28th, 2016  
@golftragic check out the link I have just added it. http://www.theherald.com.au/story/1695255/video-gallery-tin-city-in-danger/
There is a video clip in the link which you may find interesting.
posted July 28th, 2016  
@onewing I may be mistaken about the area... the area I saw may have been somewhere else.. it was a place out in the middle of nowhere, hike in, that writers and artists would go live out there. Sorry about that... it just looked so familiar.
posted July 28th, 2016  
Fabulous commentary Babs. Love that you used skills from Hansel & Gretel LOL
posted July 28th, 2016  
@onewing Thanks for the link, very interesting stuff. For the life of me I can't understand the mentality of roaring around in a 4WD destroying the place in the process. I feel very strongly about this kind of environmental vandalism.
posted July 28th, 2016  
@golftragic Me too, that's why we walked. Plus also, David is an engineer and there is no way that he would take our 4wds on sand.
posted July 28th, 2016  
Incredible! Really interesting Babs.
posted July 28th, 2016  
@onewing Very sensible of him. In my teens I once took my bike to the beach a few times on holiday. When I got home I had to take the bike apart down to the roller bearings in the wheels. Putting it back together again was an interesting challenge.
posted July 29th, 2016  
Fav.
posted July 29th, 2016  
Sounds like a wonderful adventure, and great shots to prove it!
posted July 30th, 2016  
How fascinating. Great capture - sorry it has taken me so long to catch up on your project.
posted August 2nd, 2016  
@helenhall Thanks Helen, no need to apologise.
posted August 3rd, 2016  
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