These structures include shelters, terraced gardens, water cisterns, dry-stone walling and linking bridges, stairways and paths that stretch intermittently across more than a kilometre of the escarpment. The complete structure and landscape was created single-handedly by reclusive Italian migrant Valerio Ricetti who made this place his home between about 1929 and 1952 during that time creating his own private "utopia" using the natural landscape and materials found in the area.
The site is recognised for being a rare example of an Australian hermit's domain and is listed on the New South Wales State Heritage Register.
Sunday, October 11, 2009
Ambrose Bierce: HERMIT, a person whose vices and follies are not sociable
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