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Victorian Trip Round-Up and In Memoriam

From Mansfield, we headed on home, taking the scenic route through the Alps via the little town of Corryong, home to the real ‘Man from Snowy River’, Jack Riley.

Man from Snowy River

It was 35C that day – not very alpine weather! We spent the night in Tumut and got home the next day.

I had sketched regularly during the trip, and here are some of them.

Alice Barker House pond

Stringybark

Delatite Winery

This was to be the last car holiday we’d make with our dear beagle, Bridie. She passed away in mid-August after a short illness. We were glad that she got to travel all the way to Victoria – she loved a drive and a sniff!

Going Home

Rest in peace, old girl.

Enjoying the view

The Alps – Part 4

Our last stop for the day was the little hamlet of Jamieson, near the shores of Lake Eildon south of Mansfield.

Jamieson

It was another gold rush settlement, but the terrain around these parts were so rough that it only attracted a few hundred permanent settlers.

Jamieson

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.

Jamieson

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.

Jamieson

The Alps – Part 3

We ventured back down to the plains near Mansfield to visit Delatite Wines.

Delatite Wines

It’s a small winery and its vines have a very pretty view.

Delatite Wines

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 Alps – Part 2

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.

Carters Mill

Carters Mill

Carters Mill

Carters Mill

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.

The Alps – Part 1

Next stop for us was Mansfield, in the foothills of the Victorian Alps. Since we arrived in early December, we experienced it in ‘working mode’ (not ‘holiday mode’ when the skiers come out in force).

We stayed in a cottage in the hills to the north of the town, and not too far from the Kelly Gang’s hideouts. These days, the area is more hobby farm than untamed bush, but it made for some lovely evening photos.

Sunset in Barwite

Sunset in Barwite

Sunset in Barwite

Sunset in Barwite