Road to JindabyneSeptember 30, 2016 in Australia ⋅ ⛅ 5 °C
Packed the car and bid our cabin farewell. It wasn't the best place we'd ever stayed in, but it was adequate and a bit of variety is part of the adventure. Dropping in the key, Jade, the manager said we hadn't actually paid - we had pre authorized through booking.com with a card they don't take, so I handed over my other credit card.... machine didn't work. So then I tried a debit card... didn't work either. In the end I took their direct debit details and said I'd pay when I got home! Apparently a problem with their machine and not any of my cards, thankfully.
We headed back toward Orbost and Cann Riiver, back tracking a hundred or so kms in the direction we had come in four days before. There is a shorter way to get to Jindabyne but as it goes through the mountains it definitely isn't quicker and could involve unsealed roads which we weren't keen on. We had a coffee stop in Cann River, where I took yet another photo of lavender. The variety down here is quite different from the one I'm used to, with a much deeper base to the flower. From here we turned north along the Monaro Highway. There wasn't a lot to report about along this route, and we eventually stopped for lunch in Bombala, another quaint country town with several old heritage buildings in the main street, a pub, RSL, petrol station and a couple of cafes. Not a great deal more. Another petrol stop and the gauge is still OK. Looking at the map, the road along the Snowy River highway looked like a good one, and this was confirmed by a local. We originally thought we might have to go all the way up to Cooma. We were glad we made the decision to take this way - the scenery was very pretty, with the country still very green and not a lot of traffic. We drove past a huge wind farm - I thought I was back in Europe. Ridiculous opposition to often here to what seems like a great source of power. At one point we encountered a guy hearding his cattle along the road, not long after seeing a 'stock crossing' sign. I asked, 'Ok to just drive through?' 'Yup, straight through' (man of few words)
Eventually we arrived in Jindabyne, nestled on the side of a beautiful man-made lake which was created in construction of the snowy mountains hydro electric scheme when the snowy river was dammed. We were very pleased with our accommodation here, right on the lake, and a level above our digs in Lakes Entrance. Breakfast was included which was even better!
As expected the temperature was cooler as we are at a higher elevation, right at the foot of the mountains, and with Australia's highest mountain nearby. We decided to go for a walk along the lake, having been in the car most of the day. It was quite blowy, with rain threatening so turned around after about a km. Passed some interesting things along the qay, including a monument to Strzleki, the polish explorer. We retreated out of the cold soon after and had a rest before freshening up for dinner. We were actually staying in a pub with a bistro, so thought that would do us fine for tonight at least. It was pretty busy but didn't take long to find a table and order. They had run out of the fish I wanted, but I enjoyed the steak, which I haven't had for quite a whileRead more