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:
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:
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.
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.
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:
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:
We stopped at Spencer’s Creek:
And there was a nice view that we could actually stop near of a stream flowing through a valley 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!
We had a stop at a river that we’d not been able to check out on the way in:
We had a quick stop at Jindabyne Surge Tank, with its lookout (that was mostly blocked by trees, unfortunately):
We stopped off at the Thredbo River picnic area to check out the river there. Very pretty little spot:
We then drove down some dirt tracks to the lake. On purpose, this time!
There was a nice view of the edge of the lake there:
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:
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.
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!
Reworked and larger sized pictures from this day are here. Click on the first picture and then move through them at full screen size.