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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

Victorian Goldfields – Part 2

Alice Barker House is located near Castlemaine in Specimen Gully, the site of the original diggings for the area. Within a year of gold being found, there were 25,000 people working the site.

Alice Barker House

There are still lots of bits and bobs from the era to be found on the property, and the owners made the most of it them.

Alice Barker House

Castlemaine itself grew rich from all the gold, and like Beechworth, there are many fine Victorian buildings – including many pubs.

Castlemaine

Glenrowan – Part 2

On the other side of town is the site of the gang’s last stand at the Glenrowan Inn. The inn was burned down during the siege and remains an empty lot to this day.

Sights of Glenrowan

Wooden figures of the gang and the police have been erected according to their positions during the siege. Everything happened at very close range.

Sights of Glenrowan

The railway station where the police and journalists sheltered was a mere 200 metres away and still kept in the condition of the day.

Sights of Glenrowan

Nearby, some signage is a reminder that the siege was indeed not just a myth but very real. Like where a hand gun was found a mere 20 years ago.

Sights of Glenrowan

And where Ned, in full armour, was shot down and captured.

Sights of Glenrowan

Ned Kelly is a divisive figure in many ways, but his influence in Australian culture is unquestioned. Almost 140 years later, even hipsters (like current Socceroos captain Mile Jedinak) try to emulate Ned’s style.

Glenrowan – Part 1

North East Victoria is Kelly Gang Country, and the most infamous town of them all is Glenrowan – the scene of the gang’s last siege.

Driving down the main drag, you can’t miss Big Ned.

Sights of Glenrowan

Otherwise, Glenrowan is little more than a village with its share of quaint cottages.

Sights of Glenrowan

The main drag is very touristy, and a bit run-down. At the back of one of the tourist shops is a recreation of Ned’s Greta home (Greta is about 25km south). Quaint and cute aren’t exactly the words I’d use to describe the place. More like hovel.

Sights of Glenrowan

When you see the impressive houses around Beechworth, and imagine the money and power that built it, I can see why Ned and his lot perhaps thought that they were getting the wrong end of the stick.