Tin City  by onewing

Tin City

I haven't taken photos this week at all while I have been out of action, so I thought I would check out some old photos and convert them to black and white.

Over the next three days I will post photos taken at Tin City on Stockton Beach last year.

Tin City is a group of shacks built in the 1930s and still occupied today. The following links will explain about them if you are interested.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1OLqVT3Rjjc

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vCOvu5AX2iU

In theory the only way to reach Tin City is by 4WD over the sand dunes from Birubi Beach at Anna Bay or by tour bus over the dunes, but a group of 7 of us decided to walk there last year. David and I have done this walk a couple of times, but I am not doing it again. It is very hard work climbing up and down the dunes because the sand is so soft. You will see what the dunes are like if you watch the videos.

We drove to Bobs Farm and left our cars on the edge of the Worimi National Park. We then walked about one and a half km along the Boyces Trail through the national park to the dunes and then climbed over the dunes for a further 1 km or so to Tin City. To make sure we were able to find our way back again we collected small twigs and branches from the trees and stuck them in the sand at intervals over the dunes. It would be very easy to get lost in the dunes and without putting down markers it would be impossible to find the Boyces Trail again on our return because the dunes are over a km wide at that point.
You have got into action in spite of your health problems! I think this is just wonderful in black and white with this level of contrast! fav
February 15th, 2019  
These are still occupied? Goodness me, you would have to be committed to live there! So remote. Hope you are recuperating well. Lots of love x
February 15th, 2019  
I know the house is the focus of the photo - but I can't not notice those huge dunes in the background. You did well to get there.
February 15th, 2019  
This looks more like a snow scene than deserted town scene but I know its not the case, must be a wonderful place to visit, full of photographic opportunities, its a great image Babs:)
February 15th, 2019  
that's pretty rough living. Reminds me a bit of my fibro beach shack - still going!
February 15th, 2019  
Sounds like quite a trek, but worth it to get this photo, it looks great in b&w. Those dunes look like rolling hills and I can imagine how hard it would be to walk on them. Glad you're recovering well.
February 15th, 2019  
this works so well in B&W
February 15th, 2019  
Beautiful picture in b&w. Surprised to see a village like this so far from everywhere and so difficult to reach.
February 15th, 2019  
What an incredible adventure! Oh my! “Twigs in the sand”? What if the wind blew the dune sand over the twigs? Wowzy!
February 15th, 2019  
Such a wonderful image in B&W, what an amazing walk you must have had.
February 15th, 2019  
I have been to the sand dunes in Ames Mexico and can see why you have to leave a trail. It sounds like a tough walk tol. Such interesting videos of the tin city. I would think it would be a unusual place to live. Love your photo in black and white.
February 15th, 2019  
Where I grew up in London there was an estate opposite us that we called Tin Town, they where prefabs put up to house families who had been bombed out during the war.
February 15th, 2019  
wonderful b&w and very interesting, I will definitely read your linking. I would think that would turn into ovens when I was real hot. What a walk and you are so smart to mark a trail.
February 15th, 2019  
It looks really good in B&W. It looks like a really interesting place.
February 15th, 2019  
Tin City - sounds like an old western movie :) Lovely work Babs :)
February 15th, 2019  
Worth the walk to get the photo. Fascinating videos.
February 15th, 2019  
Great snowy shot
February 15th, 2019  
Thanks for the videolinks, interesting info. Love the photo.
February 15th, 2019  
Wonderful capture.
February 15th, 2019  
Great capture. I shouldn't think they're very comfortable habitats
February 15th, 2019  
I would imagine it’s hard to live there, it looks so remote, nice capture
February 15th, 2019  
This looks great in B&W! I like the tin textures.
February 15th, 2019  
Makes a great b&w-thx for video links very interesting
February 15th, 2019  
A very unfriendly place to live, especially for a sailor. Great b&w shot.
February 15th, 2019  
Lovely black and white
February 15th, 2019  
Your intrepid hike was rewarded- this is a fascinating place and such unique personalities choose to live there. Great shot!
February 15th, 2019  
It looks quite a hike! Interesting info!
February 15th, 2019  
Great shot and nice editing. Interesting history.
February 15th, 2019  
translates really well - especially with those different shades of corrugated iron on the side wall.
February 15th, 2019  
Looks great in b&w Babs...............wishing you a speedy recovery!
February 16th, 2019  
What an interesting place. And it makes for an excellent B&W.
February 16th, 2019  
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Thanks, we had a lovely day, luckily it wasn't too hot either.
Here is a link to my topics album showing one of our trekkers, not really in need of water, but actually taking a photo of sand.
http://365project.org/onewing/topics/2019-02-16

You can see in this photo just how huge the dunes are.

@casablanca Yes they are still occupied. I believe there were about 30 shacks originally but once the elements have demolished them they aren't able to be rebuilt and only 11 now remain. Some of the people live there permanently but others just go there for weekends and holidays.

@jeneurell It was quite a hike.

@pcoulson The sand here is so white it does almost look like snow.

@pusspup good to hear your shack is still going.

@louannwarren The idea is not to go on a windy day. Luckily we had a perfect day and the twigs stayed anchored.

@dave1947 I remember prefabs when I was a child in the UK and I knew a school friend who lived in one.

@paul10 I believe Tin City has been used in movies and tv programmes on occasion and I believe some scenes from one of the Mad Max movies were filmed here. No idea which one because I haven't seen a Mad Max movie.

@seattlite It isn't snow Gloria, it is sand. The sand dunes are 35 km long from Newcastle to Anna Bay.
February 16th, 2019  
Fascinating story Babs, love it. Incredible landscape too. You did very well to make it in and out of there.
February 16th, 2019  
Wow what a story!! So interesting!! What a walk to get in and out I am in awe of you!!
February 16th, 2019  
Great shot& interesting story, wow, imagine living there in that shack! I am afraid I could not do this...
February 16th, 2019  
Most wonderful story and a strong image.
February 16th, 2019  
What a great story. Thank you for sharing. I have only walked a little on sand dunes so am absolutely in awe!
February 16th, 2019  
@golftragic @pamknowler @mandygravil It took two bottles of water to do the trek. I have done it twice now and not doing it again.

@happysnaps @joysabin They must really enjoy isolation.
February 16th, 2019  
What a great place to visit! I googled and found a story written in 2014. The first pic is of this same building. https://www.theherald.com.au/story/2013518/welcome-to-tin-city-stockton/
February 16th, 2019  
I didn't know these existed at Stockton! Interesting!
February 17th, 2019  
@bella_ss Interesting, yes it is the same shack. Thanks for the link.
February 17th, 2019  
@gigiflower There are a few interesting things on Stockton beach other than Tin City including a plane wreck. Unexploded bombs found recently too because Birubi Beach at the Anna Bay end of Stockton beach used to be the bombing range for the RAAF. I have taken photos of the plane wreck on occasion. It appears and disappears as the sand shifts.
Also one or two bodies have been found over the years too and I am sure there will be more never to be found. A perfect place to get rid of someone you don't like.
February 17th, 2019  
That place could do with some TLC
February 17th, 2019  
@onewing I remember the plane wreck!!! Thanks for the tip about the disappearing bodies......you never know when you need that sort of information LOL!
February 17th, 2019  
@gigiflower I know a couple of good spots to dispose of a body and I can give you the heads up. Your secret will be safe with me.
February 17th, 2019  
This is a very dystopian image. Captured so well you can imagine the desolate noise of the wind and the feel of grit from the sand blowing around
February 17th, 2019  
The images are impressive, but even more so the walk you did to gain access for photographing.
February 17th, 2019  
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