Friday, November 9, 2012

Derelict Queensland

Our adventures around country South East Queensland in recent months looking for a place to buy have been pretty eye-opening.

We've discovered a lot about our corner of the world that we'd never seen before - neglected towns we'd never heard of, beautiful scenic places we would never have thought to visit and plenty of people carving out happy existences beyond the city lights.

We've also encountered some pretty rough characters. We've seen many people clearly struggling financially, living in tumble-down shacks with gardens of rusted out car bodies.

We've discovered some amazing pubs and antique stores and planned to go to others only to pull up out front, take one look and drive off in a hurry.

We left one particularly horrendous house inspection covered in flea bites and pretty ready to give up on the whole idea.

Above it all though, we've been amazed at some of the beautiful things we've seen within an hour of our own front door.

As for the derelict houses, I just love them. We've seen hundreds of them and only stopped the car to take photos of a handful.

I can't wait to start photographing more of them. There's something so wonderful about imagining them as they might have looked once.


  1. Your house project is fascinating - How easy for me to follow on your blog while you and your husband take on the huge task of making a home here. God bless you!

  2. Oh my goodness, I'm so glad somebody else sees the beauty of these old shacks. I can't help photographing them as well and wondering what their story is. My obsession runs into old stone walls, timber fences, windows and doors too!

  3. These are just SO australian aren't they!

    looking at them makes me feel like a school kid on a hot summers day

    xo em

  4. Now that you are renovating your own place maybe it would be worth seeing if you can source any materials from the other old houses that are being left to fall apart. i might be worth asking is you can find an owner.

  5. Loving your story to date, these old houses should be able to talk and tell us of the families they've raised and protected, comforted and cried with,

  6. Lovely old houses - such a shame that they are left to rot. That colonial gable cottage (bottom left) may well be 120 years old and would have had another century of life or more if it had been looked after. Look forward to seeing your pics.

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