Ilfracombe Machinery Mile.
Where can you go to see a wonderful display of machinery, some of it very rare and almost all collected within 100 miles of the town? Right here on the edge of Ilfracombe!
The locals call the outdoor machinery museum the 'Great Machinery Mile'.
This magnificent display is one of the finest in Australia and shows the evolution of pastoral development throughout Queenslands outback. The mile begins on the Western approach into Ilfracombe, extending the length of the town.
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Machinery played an important role in the development of Ilfracombe, where the first motorised postal services in Australia travelled from Ilfracombe to Isisford in 1910.
You can see some of the earliest forms of transport, including 'Winsome Winnie', a wool wagon that could carry up to 100 bales of wool at a time. It took 30 strong horses to pull a loaded Winnie to some destinations.
There are steam engines, horse-drawn sulkies, steel wheeled tractors, including a 1917 Ruston Proctor Tractor (only two more of this model left in the world), wool balers, earthmoving machinery and harvesters.
The Steam Devil is a big Excavator driven by three horse powered steam engines, which runs along one railway line. Made in 1880 and sold in 1882, it would be safe to say this excavator is the only remaining one of its kind. There's also a 12 tonne Stuart Tank that has been converted into a dozer, the first series grader made by Caterpillar in 1935, an early 1900 Lacre Light Truck and a 1914 Republic Truck.
The truly great thing about this museum is you can touch the machinery, close your eyes and virtually step back in time.
Although the display is free of charge, a donation would be greatly appreciated. The donation box is located on the premises.
The book 'Ilfracombe Machinery Mile' is available for purchase from the Information Centre in Ilfracombe, along with a range of souvenirs.