Somehow it is well into December and I am still writing about our weekend away at the beginning of November!
These last photos are from our final days up in the Alpine high country over the Melbourne Cup long weekend. After exploring Mount Feathertop and Dinner Plain, we drove back through the Ovens Valley via Bright, before driving up and over to Mount Beauty in the Kiewa Valley.
Our plans were to free camp and climb up to Mount Bogong the following day. However, due to a foreboding weather forecast we opted to camp at a caravan park in Tawonga. The park ended up being wonderfully retro and located on the banks of the Kiewa River.
We spent the evening sitting outdoors on wandering along a short track by the river. Mount Bogong was looking promising from the distance.
The next morning, our fears about the weather came true with rain. The valley was covered in clouds and our views of the mountain were gone. Begrudgingly, we decided the poor weather was probably not the ideal conditions for summiting the high mountain (the second time this mountain has eluded me! I will be back).
After some coffee in town and quick researching, we set out on a shorter hike around the valley. To our luck, the rain stopped and we enjoyed a pleasant walk around the Survey and Pole Tracks.
Mount Bogong even poked out of the clouds and I was beginning to kick myself that we hadn’t made it up the mountain!
We also ventured down another short hike, the Gorge Walk. The walk was short but sweet, taking us down along the river through the lush gorge.
It would be a perfect swimming spot in summer. Some ambitious families with kids were already going in for a swim, but we kept to staying as dry as possible and rock hopping across the river.
Despite my dream of taking on Mount Bogong eluding me again, we still had a wonderful day exploring Mount Beauty! It is such a wonderful slice of the world.
My days in Australia are now down to under 20 – stress levels are high as we prepare as much as possible before venturing off overseas! Watch this space.