Bell Miner  LbNA # 13105

Placed DateJan 15 2005
CountyOther International
LocationMelbourne, Australia, INT
Found By RetiredHavinFun
Last Found Feb 9 2005
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No matter what season you visit the Royal Botanic Gardens, there’s always something bound to pique your curiosity. The gardens boast over 12,000 different species of plants spread out on a stunning 89 acre oasis (or 36 hectares). Enjoy a relaxing picnic by the Ornamental Lake, or play safari within the jungles of the Australian Rainforest Walk. Take the kiddies on a sensory delight inside The Ian Potter Foundation Children's Garden where children of all ages are encouraged to touch and explore plantlife.

Depending on your time and pace, the walk around the entire gardens can take between 2 to 3 hours. If you visit during the summer months, make sure to see a movie under the stars at the Moonlight Cinema that the gardens host.

One thing you’re sure to notice upon your visit is the chiming sound of the bell miner, a small olive-coloured bird that is found commonly throughout the gardens. Hence the name of the stamp.

To locate this stamp, first you will need to hunt down the William Tell Rest House (any information board will guide you there). Once you track down this quaint structure, stand and face it directly, so that your gaze rests upon the views of the lake through the leaded windows.

Follow the path to your left, and cross over a small bridge that traverses the Central and Ornamental lakes. A short distance after the bridge, take the small track that disappears into the woods to the left.

After a few paces, you will spy a large tree baring the plaque ‘Lombardy Popular’. Behind the tree you’ll see a rock butted up against the base. Underneath lies the prize.

As always, please bring ink and a pen. Take care and enjoy!
KW and Noles