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Oceania » Australia » Victoria » Mansfield March 20th 2018

A trip out to Mansfield by bus. Lisa and Rodger kindly put us up for the night, fed us and gave us a tour of the area.... read more
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Oceania » Australia » Victoria » Mansfield November 27th 2016

Day 20 (23/11/16) Rainy day today. After being up most of the night with the caravan roof leaking, have decided to stay in to make sure we don’t get flooded out. Day 21 (24/11/16) Up early for the 90KM drive to Woods Point, an old gold mining town. It took ages to get there, with around 50KM of narrow, nasty gravel road shared with semi trailers. Not much to see, depending on what things you find interesting. On the way back we saw a huge Wedge Tail Eagle. Unfortunately it happened so fast there was no time to get the camera out. We drove to Lake Eildon lookout where the views were spectacular. Next we headed to Jamieson Brewery which I was dying to see, only to find them closed for renovations. Not happy!!! Went to ... read more
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Oceania » Australia » Victoria » Mansfield November 22nd 2016

Day 15 (18/11/16) Dropped Deb off in Bright for most of the day to do what she does best: shopping! That left me free to go & fish the Ovens & Buckland rivers. Whilst I did not manage to catch or see a fish, I did get to see some of the most tranquil & beautiful scenery. The peace I felt standing in these rivers breathing clean air was unparalleled. After both having a lengthy day, Deb cooked a beautiful leg of lamb roast with veggies. A fantastic end to a cracking day. And who said you have to spend lots of money to have a good time? Sometimes the simple things in life can be the most pleasant. Day 16 (19/11/16) Hot day today (at least compared to what we have had). And when you ... read more

Oceania » Australia » Victoria » Mansfield May 24th 2014

We had decided that we would go up to Mt. Buller today which is about 60 km from Mansfield. The road is tar-sealed all the way as we passed through rich, pastoral grazing land which, is very dry at the moment as there has been no rain for the last few months so, everything is looking very dry and brown but, good rain over the last couple of days, should help green things up somewhat. It only took us about an hour to get there, arriving around 11-30am and, as we wound our way around and up the mountain and, the further and higher we went, the more dense the cloud, mist and fog became until, once right at the top, it was a complete whiteout with a stiff, cold breeze blowing and you could see ... read more
Ski sculpture, Mt. Buller Village
Mt. Buller Village clocktower
Our barbecue

Oceania » Australia » Victoria » Mansfield May 22nd 2014

We were staying in a very historical region of Victoria, not only for moviemakers but, also because this was bushranger country in the old days of the late 1800’s. (A bushranger was an outlaw) Victoria has many historical townships and sites and, here we were, right in the middle of some of the most historically famous of all, surrounding us in all directions. The magnificent mountain scenery around Mansfield hit the international stage worldwide when the movie, “The Man From Snowy River” was released back in 1982 with the sequel, “The Man From Snowy River II, following 6 years later, in 1988. The story is based on the poem of the same name written by one of Australia’s greatest poets, Andrew (Banjo) Patterson. Some 130 years earlier, this area and the towns of Mansfield, Glenrowan, Beechworth, ... read more
Mock-up of the siege at Glenrowan
Mt. Buller in the summertime
The Kelly Tree at Stringybark Creek

Oceania » Australia » Victoria » Mansfield May 19th 2014

It’s an all-day drive from Sydney to Victoria. An early start to the day by being up at 4am, we had planned to be on the road at 5 but, having those few last-minute things to do, meant that we didn’t actually get away until 5-20am. My brother Glenn and sister-in-law Bonny from country Dubbo in NSW joined us on this trip and, had offered the use of their car to drive us all down to Victoria as theirs is a bit bigger than ours so, would accommodate the 4 of us more comfortably as well as all of our gear. Ted drove us out of Sydney and, at that time of the morning, traffic was light on the M7 and the Hume. We had wanted to get on the road as early as possible so, ... read more
HMAS OTWAY at Holbrook
Bonny Glenn and Ted beside HMAS Otway
HMAS OTWAY stats

Oceania » Australia » Victoria » Mansfield April 4th 2013

Now on the toenail of the foot of the last leg. It's sunny, blue and chilly. Rubbish sleep in the tinytent as usual. Cold and cramped. But only 2 or 3 more to go. Only blokes like Ranulph Feinnes would have any clue as to how I'm suffering down here. Pity me not. I'm pretty sure you're not anyway. I'll cope. Nick/Cyclopath Sent from the Mansfield public library, bless'em... read more

Oceania » Australia » Victoria » Mansfield February 26th 2012

First thing on the morning of Saturday 25th there was a lot of clearing up to do from the night before which Graham and I did but we were well organized and didn’t take too long. When Mark eventually staggered out he was amazed that we had made such good progress. Neighbour Willy arrived early with the cement mixer he had promised on the back of one of his ELEVEN (yes – eleven) trailers. It was a good sized trailer and Mark asked if he could borrow it to collect the roofing sheets from the scrap yard. Mark and Graham met Nigel at the scrap yard to make sure they were suitable roofing sheets and Nigel was impressed. They promptly loaded up eight sheets which, actually, haven’t been paid for yet but this type of casual ... read more
The rough track leading to a gorgeous spot on the edge of Lake Eildon
This is the life!
These days the controls look just the same as those on a car

Oceania » Australia » Victoria » Mansfield February 24th 2012

Thursday 23rd February became a bit of a working day. Graham was up early to make some progress on preparing the foundations of the new shed which will house a couple of caravans (including Sweetie) and our car. Last night, family friend Nigel had provided the basic information and some detailed measurements to enable some post holes to be dug out so Graham spent much of the day and most of his energy digging with a very heavy crow-bar and a long-handled shovel. Considering his medical condition and his current state of fitness (overweight!) he made remarkable progress and the holes, six of them, all came along nicely. As for me, realizing that time was running out for packing up the caravan, I made as much progress as I could, identifying and suitably packing a) things ... read more
and great coleslaw too!
Mark's bbq'd sausages look great!
Beautiful sunset number 3 in a row

Oceania » Australia » Victoria » Mansfield February 22nd 2012

Wednesday 22nd February – Happy Birthday to my cousin Colin in St Albans, UK. We hope you had a special day. Often during our travels, particularly in Victoria, we were made aware of a camping area called Sheepyard Flat. Sarah and Darryl spent some time there, it’s a regular escape for the Reeves family and even nephew Bertie in Melbourne spoke of it as a special place to camp. We had thought that, while we were in Mansfield, we might be able to spend a night there in the tent so that we could return to the UK having had at least one night in the tent and having done some “free” camping. Unfortunately, our time in Mansfield was too limited but, so that we could actually see what the fuss was about, Mark had it ... read more
Climbing up the mountain track before we dropped down the other side
Spotty getting excited as he knows he's got a day out to look forward to
A wonderful camping spot - no wonder Sarah and Darryl loved it here




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