The Australian Alps
Trip Start Aug 17, 2008
44Trip End Jun 17, 2009
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However, we did not regret going as the hiking trails still had picturesque scenery and allowed us to enjoy the wilderness
We also took a long walk in and around the "ghost" resort-town looking for something exciting to do, but to no avail. It really was a ghost town as everything was closed and we did not see a single soul on the street... not even driving. Therefore we went to bed early that night and the next morning we were on our way to Canberra. However, we did not make it that far that day as we took a scenic tour crossing the mountains to Omeo over a dirt roads (that slowed us down significantly) and then crossing them back on an alternate route. Therefore, we planned to spend the night in a small town halfway to Canberra. That town happened to be Beachworth, one the sweetest small towns we've seen so far, surrounded by wineries and beautiful hills. Not to mention its downtown full of well-preserved 19th century buildings, a museum in itself. So, we could not miss the opportunity to enjoy what this town had to offer so instead of an overnight stayed, we spent there two full days
First, let's say the fact that the motel balcony had this wonderful view over the green hills and a free kookaburra show every morning (Kookaburra is a bird that has a very specific "laughing" song; it is as Australian as it gets since the bird has even folklore songs dedicated to it) was no incentive to move-on. We spent the first morning walking a trail to a beautiful winery (Pennyweight Wines) where, due to the fact that we were the only clients of the day (OK, it was Wednesday morning, but we are in vacation, remember?) we really got the royal treatment. Pennyweight is a small, all-organic winery making some decent wine and an even better port. We've got a tour of the facility where the wine is still done the old fashion way and enjoyed a bottle of wine and (you know the routine by now) a cheese platter on the beautiful patio, while socializing with the dog responsible for the winery's homeland security. We ended the day with some shopping and ordering a pizza that we've thoroughly enjoyed on our patio while listening to a kookaburra concert. Quite a treat!
Next morning, before taking off to Canberra (no, this time for real!) we joined a Ned Kelly historical tour. For those of you not intimate with Australian history (that included us) Ned Kelly is Australia's most famous 19th century outlaw (aka bushranger around here) made particularly famous by its armor suithttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ned_Kelly. And bookmark that page while you are at it, since every self-respecting visitor to Australia must know this piece of history that Australians seem to be so proud of (we've even seen the famous bushranger starring in a TV commercial to Nurofen/ibuprofen the other day; quite hilarious!).
So, finally, we have managed to leave Beachworth and head for Canberra, not before stopping at a farm that advertised freshly-picked strawberries
Next stop: Canberra!