Man from snowy river country

It’s now been over two years since we arrived back in Sydney after travelling our half lap around Australia.  Some days I want nothing more than to get in the car and go again, spend weeks which meld into months on the road and see the other side of Australia and other days I just want to lie in my firm double bed and enjoy the comforts of home.  Such is the mind of an ageing nomad!  That adventure taught us both many things, about the style and options for travelling and questioned (in a good way) the longer v the shorter term.

While working in full-time jobs, saving money and in Kath’s case, further kitting out Priscilla for future adventures, the soul of WCRC has been kept alive by going on two short road-trips this year, covering off some part of Australia that deserve their own little place in the schedule, but also enabling the ongoing journey.  Given the year is drawing to a close, I thought it was a good time to provide a few highlights from the most recent trip, a 4wd tag-along tour with Great Divide Tours in the scenic Victorian High Country region.

About the region

“Man from Snowy River” country was on offer and the high country of Victoria did not disappoint in the scenery stakes.  Travelling from Bright and finishing at Mount Buller, the 4wd trip which we travelled with 6 other cars and our guide, Tom, wove its way amongst snow gums, forests of eucalyptus, pinnacle views, hidden huts, graveyards and river crossings.  We stayed at 3 different campsites, experienced sun, rain, fog, an overnight storm and ended with slashings of snow capped mountains.

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Highlights

Most definitely the scenery.  The vistas were spectacular and travelling through the tracks in thick fog, and temperatures under 8 degrees just added to the atmosphere (and also brought the thermals out nearly every night).  The cameras were clicking constantly to capture the beauty.

Camping by the river, the clear crystal, cold water on offer to splash over the face was a very different and enjoyable experience.

We also payed a visit to Dargo, a great little town, with a general store and a pub.  It may have been small but I think I had the largest ever schnitzel for lunch and a super sized coffee on our second visit through the town.  A fab little friendly place.

In the end, some of the 4wd tracks we couldn’t do for various reasons, so there is a challenge to re-visit now, definitely for Kath and possibly for me, but the beauty of this part of the country, away from the hustle and bustle of city life was worth the cold nights and bumpy tracks. There were minimal wildlife spots, however we did manage to see a small glider, who was hidden in a tree that we had to remove from the track as well as a newly born lamb, on the side of the track with its mother, hours old according to the experts.  While not abundant, special sightings like this, that you witness by being somewhere completely remote are special memories.

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Lessons learnt

Having not been camping together for some time, there were a few equipment malfunctions, mainly camping mats – but the ingenuity of campers ensures a solution is found to every problem to get you through.  We had a few minor injuries, a small burn from the campfire, a small twisted ankle falling into a hole getting milk out of the fridge and a few cuts and scrapes and bruises, but nothing major and we did have a fully kitted out first aid kit which did us well treating the minor issues.

All the campsites were excellent and huddled in a tent, with a storm raging outside after just getting the shelter up in time tested the equipment to another level.

What’s next?

There are a few decisions to be made, leading into 2019.   White Coast Red Centre no doubt has more adventures to traverse over the coming years but you will have to wait until next year to find out more.  So will we 🙂 Stay tuned!

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