This weekend we were given the not so subtle reminder that when we go hiking, we are completely at the mercy of Mother Nature.
What started out as a camping and hiking trip, turned out slightly different. The weather reports were saying thunderstorms and rain for most of the weekend – and all week we watched the weather reports, crossing our fingers and toes, and hoping for a change to this.
On Friday we made the decision to stay in a cabin instead – setting up a tent in a thunderstorm wasn’t appealing in the slightest!
We decided to stay in Beechworth, a lovely little regional town in the North East of Victoria. After an easy trip down the Hume Highway, we were transported to a town rich in history (the Kelly gang – including Ned Kelly, were incarcerated in the jail there), and the most beautiful scenery. As it turns out, although it was cold and rainy, Autumn is the best time to be in this region – with all the trees in their colourful glory, and lots of leaves on the ground to play around in.
As I waited for my partner to arrive, I wandered along the trail from where we were staying, to the picturesque Lake Sambell. The signs said to stay on the path due to tunnels and mine shafts – and if ever there’s a time to do what the sign says, this is it!. This is such a beautiful area, with the stunning Autumn colours, and the backdrop of the mountains. It was so serene, and the perfect spot to stretch out the legs after a long drive.
Saturday night we enjoyed dinner and a couple of drinks at the Bridge Road Brewery. Clearly the happening place in town, we tucked into delicious pizzas (mine was the best gluten free base I’ve come across!), and really good wine and cider. It was also very family friendly (even on a Saturday night) – with a great play area for the kids outside.
Thunderstorms and heavy rain made us reconsider our plans for Sunday. As it was still raining, we headed into Bright, and to the super yummy and chilled out Blackbird Cafe. They also had a great selection of vegetarian gluten free food (but also kept my meat and gluten eating partner very happy). After brunch there was a break in the bad weather, so we headed down to the river.
We stumbled onto the Cherry Walk – and what a great discovery! Flat, easy walking, with a couple of suspension bridge crossings, this walk was so great. At 6km, it’s a good length, and the views were stunning.
After this, it was time to jump back in the car and head down the Hume…although the weekend didn’t pan out as planned, and the 11km walk we’d planned didn’t go ahead, we had such a great time in this beautiful part of Victoria, and will definitely return to explore more of it. We’ll wait for Spring now though J
Handy Resource: Alpine Valleys Walks Guide – A guide to Walks and Trails in Bright, Myrtleford, Mount Beauty and Harrietville.
Bio: Sam is a daydreamer, storyteller, and hiker. She loves getting outside, and you’ll often find her on the bushwalking trails close to her hometown of Geelong. You can follow along with her on Facebook, Instagram and YouTube. If you have any questions that she can help with, or would like to chat about possible sponsored opportunities, advertising, or affiliations (that will benefit her audience) please drop her an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.