Departing the Capital, we headed towards the Snowy Mountains. The drive to Tumut wound through some very green and pretty hills. After a brief lunch stop at a park, where the ground looked like a shearers shed floor we headed out into the wilds again.
We climbed up over a few mountain passes and along some lake shores with some awesome views. There has been lots of rain here this winter and the surroundings are bright green with spring growth.
Just north of the big trout we turned into Lake Eucombene. A very pleasant spot on the side of the lake was our camp for the night.
Next morning we left in search of coffee and the aforementioned big trout. We found the super fish and some coffee at the small town of Adaminaby.
The next town we passed through was Jindabyne. Hard to believe it is nearly two years ago that we were here on our high country adventure. Entering into the Kosciuszko National Park we followed the Snowy Mountain Highway to the small town of Khancoban (just outside the park boundary).
With a large patch of flat grass in the caravan park and friendly fellow campers we decided to retire here for the night. With the park owner and fellow campers all talking up the pub meal, we headed to the local for a counter meal and a few frosty adult beverages. In an attempt to purchase a stubby cooler, Bryce ended up with a freebie and it even plays music. Could be best stubby holder of the trip?
Continuing our journey through the Snowy Mountains we entered into the Alpine National Park. Taking the scenic route we passed along both sealed and gravel roads through some spectacular country.
The sealed sections of road around here are very popular with motor bike riders. There were bikes everywhere enjoying the twisty sections of road. Very inspiring for Bryce's CAF tour in March next year.
We eventually made camp up in the snow just south of Falls Creek, our highest camp of the lap. Suspecting the temperatures would drop overnight we lit a fire.
As the sun set, the temperature did drop and I was grateful for the billy of boiling water to fill my hot water bottle!
On Sunday we made our way around the lake and into Falls Creek. Still some snow about on the mountains but not enough for a run down Wombats Ramble!
Once again bikes everywhere.
On our way down into Mount Beauty it began to hail and for that few minutes Bryce was glad to be in Hillary rather than on Dora.
After a lunch stop at the Mount Beauty Bakery we made our way into Bright where we decided to stop for the night.
We spent the afternoon at the Bright Brewery, having to assert ourselves to keep the couch we were comfortably sitting on.
On Monday we made our way through Myrtleford, Milawa and Tolmie on our way to Mansfield. Monday night we spent with Laura, Andy and Hanna. It was great to see them and sample some of their home grown strawberries.
Once again the day was spent on a mixture of dirt and sealed with loads of bikes on the sealed sections. We stopped in at Marysville which has been rebuilt since the fires.
We had planned to camp in the Cathedral Range State Forest, but a ground of about 20 tents resembling a school group changed our minds. We spent our final night before hitting the big smoke at Taggerty camped next to the river.
Tomorrow we hit the big smoke.