Admella Discovery Trail
Go on a family adventure trail and follow the real events of a historic shipwreck in which 89 people perished. In Nene Valley Conservation Park, walk the path taken by the two sailors who managed to make it to land and trek through the bush for help. Stand on the observation deck near the lighthouse in Canunda National Park to view the reef where the ship foundered 150 years ago. Imagine how it felt to be part of a crowd watching helplessly for eight long days as survivors tried to cling to the wreckage, being pounded by the waves. Visit maritime museums where you can see real artefacts washed up from the ship, and the lifeboat that managed to rescue 19 people.
■ The opportunity to read about the heroic rescuers and see a medal awarded to one of them at the Old Wool and Grain Store Museum.
In 1859, when the SS Admella sank, it was the first news of a shipwreck to be carried along the newly installed telegraph link between the capital cities of Australia. Because of that technology, the general public was able to hear news of a shipwreck disaster as it unfolded. For a week, newspapers published daily, harrowing updates about the rescue attempts and the state of the survivors who could be seen hanging onto the wreckage.
■ This is a driving trail which covers large distances, and access to many of the sites on the trail is along unsealed roads.