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  • Day10

    Mt Buller

    May 5, 2019 in Australia ⋅ ⛅ 8 °C

    In an early morning we drove uphill, only to find a dead skiing village slowly getting ready for winter. A freezing cold stopped us from doing the summit hike, and closed roads stopped us from bringing the car to the summit, but the view was nice anyway. A later stop over in a rain forrest ended up in a challenging walk looking for a lost drone. But we found it!
    After sunset we found a dark and empty campground hidden inside the forrest and hid inside the warm car.
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  • Day23

    Skipworth Reserve

    April 3, 2019 in Australia ⋅ ☁️ 15 °C

    We have arrived at Skipworth Reserve. It is exactly as we remembered it on our last visit and we have set up camp in nearly the same spot.

    Several King parrots here are very unafraid of people. They seem almost curious of us.

    Early the next morning we are up before it is light. Now sitting in our camp enjoying the sounds of the running Goulburn river punctuated by the random kookaburra chorus. Soon other birds will join in and possibly come over to greet us.

    The first visitors have arrived. Tiny scrub wrens scouting the outskirts of our camp. Soon they get braver and do a quick scamper through our annexe area. Eventually they come right in and make sure there are no morsels of food left from our supper last night. One very bold one flew up onto a chair table and checked that out. Then they leave, probably to check other camp-site.

    Later one brave little bird ventured about two feet from where Pam was working on the computer to forage in our used breakfast plates. He struck it lucky and found some residual cerial on a breakfast plate. We both took a few photos but the bird did not seem care one bit. Later one wren ventured into the tent. There was nothing we could do but wait for him to finish his sortie and leave. Since then we have made sure to keep the door to the tent closed.

    Later tiny blue wrens,(Superb Fairy Wrens) with their mast like tails of two or three feathers made an appearance. The females and non breeding males are actually a mousey brown. Upon marurity the males develop their mating colours just before breeding time. Today there was one male beginning his change to blue and his harem of females all staying within his field of view.

    This afternoon the parrots were back until they had each been given an almond. This time Pam handed the almonds out. I took some photos for her.

    The pacific black ducks drop in every now and then just to see if we have changed our mind about feeding them. For a few minutes they line up and intently stare at us from very close by. Eventually they give up and head back to the river. (where they are supposed to be).


    Skipworth ended up being cold some nights but always pleasent each day. We drove to Mansfield one day to replace a busted sleeping bag and enjoy an outing to one of the cafes.

    The outdoor shop was wonderful and ended up being able to equip a new sleeping bag and some other useful items. The service in these towns is exceptional and nothing seems too much bother.

    We had fires running most of the day into the night that provided ample heat for our shower water and all our cooking needs. The quite old but unused camp oven we brought with us was well and truly seasoned on this trip. Porridge every morning and supper each night. We even did cheese melts for lunch. A treat much enjoyed by the children.
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  • Day42

    High Country Tour (Syd to Mel) - Tag 2

    November 27, 2016 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 20 °C

    Wir sind heute wieder um 6.30 Uhr aufgestanden, da es um 7.30 Uhr Frühstück ab und wir eine Stunde später weiter über das Hochland in Richtung Melbourne abgefahren sind. Die frische (Land)luft hat schon was 😊 Zum Frühstück gab es Toast und Aufstrich, Müsli und jeder hat einen Teller mit Spiegeleier und gebratenem Speck bekommen. Lecker!

    Nach 1,5 Stunden Fahrt haben wir unseren ersten Stopp erreicht - Beechworth. Auf dem Weg dorthin haben wir den Murry-River und somit auch die Grenze von New South Wales und Victoria überquert.
    Beechworth ist ein kleines Örtchen, welches, aufgrund der Art der Häuser, ein bisschen an "wilden Westen" erinnert. Eine halbe Stunde hatten wir hier Aufenthalt und diese haben wir überwiegend in einem Honigladen verbracht. 🐝🍯 Hier gibt es viele verschiedene Sorten Honig (auch zum probieren), Eis aus/ mit Honig, Öle, Seifen, Getränke, Schokolade etc. Natürlich gab es hier auch noch andere Shops, Cafes, Restaurants.

    Wir fuhren weiter durch das King Valley, einem Weinanbaugebiet. Auf der Fahrt durch das Hochland hatten wir den einen oder anderen schönen Blick über das Gebiet. Und ein "Ekidna" (Ameisenigel) haben wir auch gesehen.

    Der nächste Halt war der "Mansfield Zoo". Ein kleiner Zoo, der von einer Familie aufgebaut wurde, die gedacht hat, wir hätten gerne einen Zoo😅. Hier sind Rehe, Dingos, Lamas, Wombats, Löwen (auch zwei seltene Exemplare der weißen Löwen) u.a. Wir sind rechtzeitig zur Löwenfütterung angekommen🦁. Die Tiere wussten das Fütterungszeit war und sind schon nervös hin- und hergelaufen. Die Löwen wurden erst sicher in andere Käfige gesperrt, bevor das Futter in den großen Gehegen verteilt wurde. Dann wurden die Löwen herausgelassen und diese sind direkt auf das Fleisch zugelaufen. Allerdings nicht drauf los gestürmt wie von uns erwartet. Dann wurde erstmal durch knurren demonstriert, wem das Stück Fleisch nun gehört und man es ja nicht wagen sollte, näher zu kommen. Weil der Wärter am Käfig nervend herumstand (oder weil es, nach Löwen-Meinung, zu wenig Fleisch war) wurde nochmal am Käfig heraufgesprungen (leider die Kamera zu langsam bereit gehabt😕).

    Anschließend sind wir für unser Lunch noch nach Mansfield reingefahren bevor es dann weiter direkt nach Melbourne ging - weitere drei Stunden Fahrt. Melbourne hat uns dann mit Wolken und 19 °C begrüßt.😒
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  • Day3

    Craig's Hut

    December 10, 2018 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 16 °C

    Craig's Hut was originally built as a temporary replica for the movie 'The Man From Snowy River'. It's been rebuilt twice since the movie was made in 1981.

    The hut is sited in a clearing at Clear Hills overlooking Mt Cobbler and the Alpine Ranges and is usually under snow during the winter months.Read more

  • Day46

    Doctors Creek Campground

    February 20, 2018 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 24 °C

    Just a few kilometres south of Jamieson, are two excellent campgrounds. We have stayed at Skipworth reserve in the past because Doctors Creek was closed for repairs and upgrade.

    Now Doctors is open again. Camping beside a mountain stream is pretty neat with the sound of babbling water in the background.

    There are lots of birds. A large group of satin bower birds, probably females with last seasons brood. No sign of any males though.

    The little wrens were hopping all around and even came very close into our camp. We stayed very still and enjoyed the moment.

    Dozens of king parrots were here eating the many apples on a tree near the creek.

    The crimson Rosella's were here as well as others including the tree creepers.

    The weather has been quite pleasant. Temperatures during the day have been around 30 degrees with the night getting almost cool enough for a light jacket. Jamieson is quite elevated though, so one would expect cooler conditions.
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  • Day47

    The scenic lookout

    February 21, 2018 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 16 °C

    Along Jamieson to Licola road there are several scenic lookouts. The trouble is you would need a 20 foot tower to see over the trees. These places are seriously in need of a little TLC, but it seems the forestry have no money for maintenance.Read more

  • Day47

    Scenic lookout

    February 21, 2018 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 16 °C

    This lookout did have quite a view. Off in the blue yonder the ski slopes of Mt Buller are visible. The view across the valley would be very impressive in winter after snow. Trouble is though, the road gets closed.Read more

  • Day23

    Mansfield, Victoria

    April 3, 2019 in Australia ⋅ ⛅ 23 °C

    Mansfield is the last port of call before Jamieson. It is quite a busy town, obviously a stop on the way to the snow fields. They seem to be getting ready for the season.

    We called in at the visitor info centre and took a look at the historical rail station. Trains have not travelled to here since 1977. The line closed in 1978.

    Mansfield has one other claim to fame. The man from snowy River movies one and two were filmed there. Many s enez were also filmed nearby and in the high country. That must have been exciting for the locals.

    On the way to Mansfield we crossed a bridge that spans Lake Eildon. Last visit the water was not far below the bridge. This time we drove down well below the high water level to look at the tall bridge structure. This area definitely needs a lot of rain.
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  • Day33

    Autumn Festival, Jamieson, Victoria

    April 13, 2019 in Australia ⋅ ⛅ 19 °C

    This time of year, Victorian school holidays and approaching Easter, the chances of festivals are greater. We were able to make the short trip from Skipworth to Jamieson for the day for their festival.

    They gathered together old cars, horse drawn hay rides, gold nugget throwing, music and the pièce de resistance, cow pat lotto. I have never seen this game of chance anywhere else. A large paddock is divided into squares and tickets sold for each square. At the appointed time the cows are allowed into the paddock. The first square anointed with a cow pat is the winner.

    The Strathbogie singers moved tirelessly from stage to stage to entertain the many visitors. Local singers and songwriters poured out their hearts in song while bush poets regaled audiences with such classics as Mulga Bill's Bycycle, Man from Snowy River and many more.

    Many local blacksmiths belted items for auction from raw steel bar amidst showers of sparks anf tirelessly hammering on an anvil. Thor would have been woken by the noise and roar of hand blown charcoal forges.

    The gold nugget throw was keenly contested by local lads keen to impress. There was no limit to how many tries for a good distance so some lined up until they had aching muscles. The ladies and juniors threw smaller nuggets with chance of a roll increasing the distance.

    A mower drawn train ride had all the small children lining up time after time.

    This was a great day out.
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  • Day2

    Sheep-yard Flat

    February 6 in Australia ⋅ ⛅ 11 °C

    Another trip to the Sebel in Pinnacle Valley...This time we visited Sheep-yard Flat and did some walks around that area.
    We also decided that it would be a good place to bring the new car for a weekend getaway with Ace and to trial some camping in a pup tent or double swag.Read more

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