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Ageing Traveller Series

The Ageing Traveller series is written by Rose Howell, who has been traveling the world for over 40 years, beginning with New Zealand and then the ‘Hippy trail’ in the 70’s. Her travels have taken her to; Asia, Middle East, UK, Europe, Africa, South America, USA, Canada, China and the Pacific Islands. In total she has visited 67 countries plus all the states of Australia except Western Australia, and her goal is to make the century club. Her passion for travel is documented on her Facebook page.

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The Charming Mix in 2 weeks Part 1


Starting at the mighty River Murry then on to the Great Alpine Road and finishing with the Great Ocean Road

Lake Boga Photo by Rose Howell
Lake Boga
Photo by Rose Howell

Another road trip but I am steering away from the Outback adventure this month, because I want to share with you our current trip around the State of Victoria (Australia). (Yes, you heard right, it is our current trip because we are still on the road.)

This trip we planned not to drive such huge distances and to stop whenever and wherever we wanted. I had my Wikki camps app on my tablet and phone so when we found a place we liked I searched the app to see if the parks took dogs and were located in picturesque positions.

Our first stop was Lake Boga about 12 kilometres or so from Swan Hill. Swan Hill caravan park was booked out so they suggested Lake Boga Caravan Park. It turned out to be such a nice spot that we stayed two nights.

Lake Charm, near Lake Boga Photo by Rose Howell
Lake Charm, near Lake Boga
Photo by Rose Howell

This enabled us to visit the Pioneer village in Swan Hill.


"Pioneer Settlement" Swan Hill
Photo by Rose Howell


"Pioneer Settlement" Settlers Caravan
Photo by Rose Howell

 

Next night was spent in Echuca. Home to the largest Paddle Steamer fleet in the world. One side of the River is Echuca (Victoria) and the other side is Moama (NSW). A visit to the historic Port of Echuca is a must and it is free to explore the historic buildings. Echuca has a long and proud tradition of building and restoring paddle steamers, with more than 100 having been built there since the 1800’s. It was a bustling pioneering outpost where people and goods were ferried up and down the Murray, Darling and Murrumbidgee River systems. It was the closest point to Melbourne along the Murray. Today you can choose from a number of Paddle steamers that offer luxurious cruises along the river.

Recognised as one of the best Blues and Roots music festivals in Australia, Echuca Moama Winter Blues Festival is held from July 27th – 30th. This is a free event located around the Historic Port area.
‘Central Murray, Northern Victoria and Riverina Regions’ Tourist News 2017 Edition The Guardian


"Emmylou" travelling up and down the river
Photo by Rose Howell

Historic port main street Echuca Photo by Rose Howell
Historic port main street Echuca
Photo by Rose Howell

Thong (flip flop) tree Echuca Wharf Photo by Rose Howell
Thong (flip flop) tree Echuca Wharf
Photo by Rose Howell

Next stop was Wodonga (Victoria) Albury (NSW) where we stayed with friends on the Wodonga side of the River. We stayed two nights there and they took us to visit several touristy spots called ‘Yackandanda’, ‘Myrtleford’, and ‘Gapsted winery’.

Gapsted Winery Photo by Rose Howell
Gapsted Winery
Photo by Rose Howell

Our friends suggested our next stop should be Mount Beauty located in the High Country of Victoria. Here we found this gem of a caravan park in a small alpine village town of the same name. What a lovely town situated on the edge of the Alpine National Park.

Mt. Beauty Caravan Park Photo by Rose Howell
Mt. Beauty Caravan Park
Photo by Rose Howell

Our van in the foreground next to one of the Yurts the park has for rental Photo by Rose Howell
Our van in the foreground next to one of the Yurts the park has for rental
Photo by Rose Howell

It is a popular tourist destination, just 30 kilometres from the major ski resort Falls Creek and a scenic drive to the alpine attractions of Mount Buffalo and Mount Hotham.

The caravan park, Mount Beauty Holiday Centre, sits on the Kiewa River. Sites are grass and the river is full of trout. There is a natural swimming hole which is safe for all the family. Excellent facilities and they cater for families with free tennis courts, table tennis and mini golf. There is a lounge area, outdoor kitchens and cabins. Clean amenities and good hot showers.

The weather was about 30 degrees and beautiful clear blue skies. Too good to be true.

Within the area is horseback riding, mountain biking, gliding and hang gliding, finishing, wineries, eateries, hiking and skiing (in season). It is a great spot to use as a base for day trips around the area.

Places we visited within the area:

  • Yackandandah or Yack for short: A gold rush town from the 1850’s. It is still a magnet for gold prospectors in the surrounding hills and creeks. Many use metal detectors these days. For history go to indigogoldtrail.com.

Home to many artists and artisans. From potters to painters, sculptors to stitches.

The Yackandandah museum situated in the Bank of Victoria heritage building has an interesting collection of documents including a painting of the opening of the Australian Parliament. There is also an original timber cottage attached.
yackfolkfestival.com
exploreyackandandah.com.au

  • Beechworth: - Recognised as Australia’s best preserved gold-mining town. Beautifully preserved it is a stylish chic town with specialty shops and gourmet local produce adding to the unique street ambience.  Home to many talented artists and artisans. Galleries, antiques, fine art and ceramics. The gold shop in the main street has an amazing display of gold and precious stone jewellery for sale.

Also famous for: Beechworth Honey
Bridge Road Brewers
burkemuseum.com.au
explorebeechworth.com.au

  • Myrtleford: You enter this town via an avenue of poplars and pine oaks with a beautiful mountain backdrop and surrounded by green, fertile farmland. I think you could put a stick in the ground and it would grow. It was a tobacco growing area for many years and then with the closure of the industry in 2006, the tobacco was replaced by wine grapes, hops, walnuts and chestnuts, blueberries and raspberries, cherries, apples, kiwifruit, olives, vegetables, beef and dairy cattle. Many of the locally grown fresh produce can be purchased direct from the farm gate. We purchased a bag of cherries and walnuts. Yummy.

Lunch for us was at an amazing Middle Eastern bazaar. It consists of the bazaar where you can buy a variety of Middle Eastern artefacts, in fact I managed to get a few xmas presents there. Good prices. Alongside is the restaurant and the food is delicious.
redramia.com.au

Two days later we were back into Myrtleford at the VET. Jasper had an infected foot due to a grass seed embedding itself there. He had to be sedated and it took 2-3 hours. So whilst we waited we went to lunch at the Buffalo Hotel and had the seniors’ lunch. Great value.

  • Bright: Famous for its spectacular autumn colour and its perfect location on the Ovens River nestled between the Mount Buffalo and Alpine National Parks.  
We were told the best time to visit is the first week of May for the Autumn festival. The colours are supposed to be amazing and the town comes alive.

Beautiful home and garden newar Bright Photo by Rose Howell
Beautiful home and garden newar Bright
Photo by Rose Howell

When we arrived, there were over 500 hot-rods, mustangs, dodges, holdens, fords etc. parading around the town. Evidently they hold this get together once a year and it gets bigger every year.

Hot Rods Festival Photo by Rose Howell
Hot Rods Festival
Photo by Rose Howell

Hot Rods Festival Photo by Rose Howell
Hot Rods Festival
Photo by Rose Howell

Next month I will continue with our trip through Victoria.
visitbrightandsurrounds.com.au


Rose Howell Biography

Rose has been traveling the world for over 40 years, beginning with New Zealand and then the ‘Hippy trail’ in the 70’s. Her travels have taken her to; Asia, Middle East, UK, Europe, Africa, South America, USA, Canada, China and the Pacific Islands. In total she has visited 67 countries plus all the states of Australia except Western Australia, and her goal is to make the century club.
She has taken all kinds of transport and accommodation from budget to luxury. She has travelled through war zones, survived a bus accident in the Andes and visited areas that are no longer available to tourists, such as the Khyber Pass and Bamiyan Statues in Afghanistan.

Rose wants to inspire others to travel and offers free advice to all travellers in particular those who are embarking on their first travel experience. She has a passion for travel and since retiring from an Adult teaching position with TafeSA, has recently resumed clocking up kilometres interstate and overseas.
Her daughters have inherited the travel bug from their parents. The eldest daughter is a travel journalist/documentary maker based in a beautiful area called ‘Byron Bay’ in New South Wales and with her husband, has two globetrotting toddlers who at the age of 5 and 2 also love to travel. Her youngest daughter and fiancé have recently returned from 2 years working and traveling in the UK and Europe. They have only been home a couple of months and are already getting restless. Oh the travel bug!!!!

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