Our last stop for the day was the little hamlet of Jamieson, near the shores of Lake Eildon south of Mansfield.
It was another gold rush settlement, but the terrain around these parts were so rough that it only attracted a few hundred permanent settlers.
Nevertheless, the fledgling town soon had a Catholic chapel, an Anglican church, a school, a court house and police station, two banks, two insurance offices, five hotels and several stores.
Today, it is a quaint place with a museum (closed at the time of our visit) as well as plenty of historical artifacts in public places.
We ventured back down to the plains near Mansfield to visit Delatite Wines.
It’s a small winery and its vines have a very pretty view.
Of course, a tasting was on the cards. Being a cool-climate winery, it specialises in grape varieties not found in warmer areas in the Hunter Valley, like gewurztraminer, pinot gris and pinot noir. I particularly loved their ‘gerwurz’. A bit of fruit and floral notes but with a dry finish makes it great to have with a Thai curry, or by itself on a hot summer’s day.
The following day was a hot one, so we made our way into the foothills of Mount Buller. Carters Mill is 30km east of Mansfield and was the site of a former sawmill. Though nothing was left of the mill, it made for a nice morning tea spot and a good place to appreciate some high country scenery.
It’s not too far from the locations used in The Man From Snowy River films of the 1980’s, which I was a bit taken with as a child. Although we didn’t get out to Craig’s Hut (it’s a 4WD only location), it was good to finally be in the vicinity.