Jindabyne to Charlotte Pass

We got off to a late start because Donald hadn’t changed his watch or phone over to NSW time and kept telling me the wrong time. It was supposed to be OK because the plan was to go to Dalgety for lunch at a winery and just do a little round trip and exploration of the nearer area. However, the winery wasn’t serving lunch today so we had to adjust our plans.

Instead of doing that, we decided to go to Charlotte Pass. After going to a second hand shop at a church with a view:

Church at Jindabyne
Church at Jindabyne

And then going back for coffee….and stopping at the Trout Fishing shop for a yarn and purchase of a yabbie trap…and then a photo of this old homestead for sale:

Near Crackenback
Near Crackenback

And then lunch at the Wildbrumby Distillery. The distillery was in a very pretty location with lovely gardens and nice interior decorations. We had lunch – I had Kassler (not the best I’ve had) and Donald a veal Schnitzel which I thought was quite nice.

Wildbrumby Distillery
Wildbrumby Distillery
Wildbrumby Distillery
Wildbrumby Distillery
Wildbrumby Distillery
Wildbrumby Distillery
Wildbrumby Distillery
Wildbrumby Distillery

After lunch, we had a tasting. The staff were very helpful and allowed us to taste 5 or 6 different ones. There were a couple of Schnapps that I quite liked but thought they were too expensive to buy. Donald ended up buying some butterscotch flavoured Schnapps that he liked the taste of, as well as the tilted bottle.

Wildbrumby Distillery
Wildbrumby Distillery

Needless to say, it was after 2 by the time we got to the park! Luckily the $17 admission is for 24 hours. We stopped off for views a few times along the way to Charlotte Pass. Firstly at Rennix Track:

Views at Rennix Walk
Views at Rennix Walk
Views at Rennix Walk
Views at Rennix Walk
Views at Rennix Walk
Views at Rennix Walk
Views at Rennix Walk
Views at Rennix Walk

And then some weird dead trees between Rennix track and Perisher. These dead trees we’d seen all over the place and had wondered at. Donald asked the staff at the park and was told that they had died during a bushfire and just take a long, long time to regenerate:

Between Rennix Track and Perisher Valley
Between Rennix Track and Perisher Valley
Between Rennix Track and Perisher Valley
Between Rennix Track and Perisher Valley

We stopped at Spencer’s Creek:

Near Spencers Creek, Perisher Valley
Near Spencers Creek, Perisher Valley
Near Spencers Creek, Perisher Valley
Near Spencers Creek, Perisher Valley
Near Spencers Creek, Perisher Valley
Near Spencers Creek, Perisher Valley
Near Spencers Creek, Perisher Valley
Near Spencers Creek, Perisher Valley
Near Spencers Creek, Perisher Valley
Near Spencers Creek, Perisher Valley

And there was a nice view that we could actually stop near of a stream flowing through a valley between Perisher and Charlotte Pass:

On the road between Perisher and Charlotte Pass
On the road between Perisher and Charlotte Pass

Before finally arriving at Charlotte Pass. We had planned to do the Blue Lake walk, but it was 10km and we thought it was too late to do that. A park ranger was sitting at the lookout and we had a chat with her and she suggested we do the walk up to Mt Stilwell instead, as it was only about 4km and there were views into valleys on both sides, as well as a few of the mountains, including Mt Kosciuszko. It was harder than we thought it would be, but was great for the views. The trek up took us about 2 hours (my stops for photos were a big factor!!) whereas the trek back down only took us about 35 minutes!! Well worth it though!

Mt Stilwell walk, Charlotte Pass
Mt Stilwell walk, Charlotte Pass
Mt Stilwell walk, Charlotte Pass
Mt Stilwell walk, Charlotte Pass
Mt Stilwell walk, Charlotte Pass
Mt Stilwell walk, Charlotte Pass
Mt Stilwell walk, Charlotte Pass
Mt Stilwell walk, Charlotte Pass
Mt Stilwell walk, Charlotte Pass
Mt Stilwell walk, Charlotte Pass
Mt Stilwell walk, Charlotte Pass
Mt Stilwell walk, Charlotte Pass
Mt Stilwell walk, Charlotte Pass
Mt Stilwell walk, Charlotte Pass
Mt Stilwell walk, Charlotte Pass
Mt Stilwell walk, Charlotte Pass
Mt Stilwell walk, Charlotte Pass
Mt Stilwell walk, Charlotte Pass
Mt Stilwell walk, Charlotte Pass
Mt Stilwell walk, Charlotte Pass
Mt Stilwell walk, Charlotte Pass
Mt Stilwell walk, Charlotte Pass
Mt Stilwell walk, Charlotte Pass
Mt Stilwell walk, Charlotte Pass
Mt Stilwell walk, Charlotte Pass
Mt Stilwell walk, Charlotte Pass
Mt Stilwell walk, Charlotte Pass
Mt Stilwell walk, Charlotte Pass
Mt Stilwell walk, Charlotte Pass
Mt Stilwell walk, Charlotte Pass
Mt Stilwell walk, Charlotte Pass
Mt Stilwell walk, Charlotte Pass
Mt Stilwell walk, Charlotte Pass
Mt Stilwell walk, Charlotte Pass
Mt Stilwell walk, Charlotte Pass
Mt Stilwell walk, Charlotte Pass
Mt Stilwell walk, Charlotte Pass
Mt Stilwell walk, Charlotte Pass
Mt Stilwell walk, Charlotte Pass
Mt Stilwell walk, Charlotte Pass
Mt Stilwell walk, Charlotte Pass
Mt Stilwell walk, Charlotte Pass
Mt Stilwell walk, Charlotte Pass
Mt Stilwell walk, Charlotte Pass
Mt Stilwell walk, Charlotte Pass
Mt Stilwell walk, Charlotte Pass
Mt Stilwell walk, Charlotte Pass
Mt Stilwell walk, Charlotte Pass
Mt Stilwell walk, Charlotte Pass
Mt Stilwell walk, Charlotte Pass
Mt Stilwell walk, Charlotte Pass
Mt Stilwell walk, Charlotte Pass
Mt Stilwell walk, Charlotte Pass
Mt Stilwell walk, Charlotte Pass
Mt Stilwell walk, Charlotte Pass
Mt Stilwell walk, Charlotte Pass
Mt Stilwell walk, Charlotte Pass
Mt Stilwell walk, Charlotte Pass
Mt Stilwell walk, Charlotte Pass
Mt Stilwell walk, Charlotte Pass
Mt Stilwell walk, Charlotte Pass
Mt Stilwell walk, Charlotte Pass

We had a stop at a river that we’d not been able to check out on the way in:

Between Charlotte Pass and Perisher
Between Charlotte Pass and Perisher

We had a quick stop at Jindabyne Surge Tank, with its lookout (that was mostly blocked by trees, unfortunately):

Views at Jindabyne Surge Tank near Jindabyne
Views at Jindabyne Surge Tank near Jindabyne
Views at Jindabyne Surge Tank near Jindabyne
Views at Jindabyne Surge Tank near Jindabyne
Views at Jindabyne Surge Tank near Jindabyne
Views at Jindabyne Surge Tank near Jindabyne

We stopped off at the Thredbo River picnic area to check out the river there. Very pretty little spot:

Views at Thredbo River Picnic area
Views at Thredbo River Picnic area
Views at Thredbo River Picnic area
Views at Thredbo River Picnic area

We then drove down some dirt tracks to the lake. On purpose, this time!

Views of Lake Jindabyne from near Jindabyne
Views of Lake Jindabyne from near Jindabyne

There was a nice view of the edge of the lake there:

Views of Lake Jindabyne from near Jindabyne
Views of Lake Jindabyne from near Jindabyne

When we got closer to town we saw the yachts on the lake. Apparently they have a race every Wednesday night. Very pretty to look at:

Views of Lake Jindabyne from near Jindabyne
Views of Lake Jindabyne from near Jindabyne
Views of Lake Jindabyne from near Jindabyne
Views of Lake Jindabyne from near Jindabyne

When we got back to our motel, we put the coffee on and I went to do some washing. Fortunately, the motel has facilities for that. When I hung out the washing to dry, I noticed the great view from the roof there, so went and grabbed by camera for a picture in the twilight.

Views of Lake Jindabyne from near Jindabyne
Views of Lake Jindabyne from near Jindabyne

We went shopping for a few things, including chicken necks for the yabbies, at Woolies and came back. We had intended to go yabbying tonight but were too tired after our walking today, so decided to give it a miss, since we’re doing the 12km trek to Mt Koscciuzko and back tomorrow!

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