^rad^'s adventures driving across the great dividing range
Day 1 - Saturday October 15th, 2005
Departure from Adelaide at 0600
The route is carefully planned, the goal - prove a road exists which isnt on any map!
So the road I hoped to find across the South Australian and Victorian border, which links 2 dead end roads...remains to be found.
2 Cows hanging out by a lake - there are hundreds of these cow statues all over Shepparton painted in weird colors, the best part is - theres no beef industry in shepparton, only canned fruit
Spidercow! Look close and you can see Batcow as well
Dinner was at the local 'club' which is a feature of all country centres, a legal way to rob old people of their savings by offering cheap meals and slot machines.
Day 2 - Sunday October 16th, 2005
Shepparton to Bright
Before departing Shepparton its time for a walk around the lake by the hotel, perhpas some canned fruit will be found.
View of the lake...fascinating im sure
Near the man made lake is this river, it looks a bit like a serial killer disposal point
The drive to Bright is very picturesque as you drive in between mountains, I like mountains.
This row of cottages is good, available and cheap!
Heres my cottage, its very yellow, and has a full kitchen, bedroom, dvd player, indoor pool, jacuzzi, gym, butler and hot water
In the afternoon I visit a hedge maze nearby to Bright, it is old and quite large, the hedge is at least 10 feet tall, theirs bridges and tunnels and you have to find items etc. It takes about an hour and I didnt take any good photos of it, sorry!
Day 3 - Monday October 17th, 2005
Bright - Victoria
Time to go find some mountains!
Whilst waiting to go I quickly took some pictures of the cottage thing, you may recall that it is bright yellow.
The kitchen area - in case you are too cheap to go out to dinner on your holiday
The chief of all dorks, relaxing, posing...
Bonus shot - no more pictures of the cottage I promise
Nearby to Bright is Mount Buffalo, not a very high mountain but made of solid granite and with walking trails all over.
View from the top of mount buffalo, it is a little hazey spoling the view a little, or maybe making it better!
Another view of the Owens Valley below
Yeah, more of the same
Dork on a ledge!
A more arty shot, the river, rocks, the valley through the gap...art
I call this, 'rocks with water' prints are available at the lobby
I climbed over several safety barriers and managed to take this shot as I plummeted to my death, luckily spidercow followed from Shepparton and was able to save me
View from a different part of the mountain
On top of the mountain is the chalet, which is an old hotel, cafe, restaurant etc. It is very large and quite impressive, and also yellow! must be the color of choice for places where theres mountains.
Mount Buffalo Chalet, in all its yellowness (and green)
The gardens surrounding are quite impressive, you can play croquet if you wish
I backed over these birds as I left
A view of the mountain from the bottom, despite being in Victoria who ever owns the fence prefers to call it Littoria, perhaps cause theres a lot of litter.
After returning to Bright its time for lunch so I venture into the town and am impressed that they have 2 supermarkets, which are almost next door to each other, owned by the same parent company and nearly identical on the inside. I always like to check out supermarkets of different regions cause I am a boring person, both of these identical supermarkets are of high quality with many imported foods, reflecting the tastes of the rich Melbourne based holiday makers who would tend to go here on holidays.
The afternoons activities are to walk around Bright and visit many of the open gardens. It seems if you live in Bright you must maintain a massive garden, host lectures on gardening and invite people to walk through your garden.
You get bonus points for having a stream through your garden
A flower tree always impresses, the higher the better
Dinner tonight is at a German Pub, I have some sort of steak on a pile of something with some sort of caremelised something as a sauce - typical restaurant fare.