Lost Lanes

Graffiti sign and floral installation at the Lost Lanes event in Wagga Wagga, New South Wales, Australia.

This weekend past a brand new winter festival made its debut in Wagga Wagga.

Lost Lanes was all about reviving a somewhat forgotten part of the city, Cadell Place – a little byway tucked between the Murrumbidgee River and the busy Fitzmaurice Street.

Keen to support a new event, Adam and I, rugged up and went exploring…

We arrived nice and early to catch the last of the afternoon sun. The fire buckets were stoked, and there was that wonderful scent of woodsmoke in the air.  Live music hummed along in the background and everyone we passed had a glint of excitement in their eyes, anticipating what the night might bring.

Fire bucket and official signage for the Lost Lanes festival in Wagga Wagga, New South Wales, Australia.

As we strolled along we stopped to take in four new murals that have been painted in recent weeks to help jazz up Cadell Place.

Mural in Cadell Place, Wagga Wagga, New South Wales, Australia.

In between the artworks were food and drink vendors, tables made out of old pallets and giant wooden spools, milk-crate chairs and hundreds of festoon lights.

I was particularly taken with some of the floral installations, which in the wintry light, looked an absolute treat.

Floral installation in Cadell Place as part of the Lost Lanes festival in Wagga Wagga, New South Wales, Australia.

Floral installation in Cadell Place as part of the Lost Lanes festival in Wagga Wagga, New South Wales, Australia.

As the sun disappeared from the sky, the crowds grew and the temperature dropped.  Under golden orbs and by roaring fires we feasted on decadent cones of macaroni cheese and lamington flavoured beer.

Mural in Cadell Place, Wagga Wagga, New South Wales, Australia.

Knights Meats firebucket at the Lost Lanes festival in Wagga Wagga, New South Wales, Australia.

Adam and I ran into so many people we knew – it was wonderful to see the city come out and support a new event. Here’s hoping it’s not a one-off and Cadell Place won’t become a lost lane ever again.

Have a wonderful week. x

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