Visiting High Country

When my friend went to do her medical placement, it was initially somewhere with not much to do. Thus, I was a little more excited when it changed to Wangaratta.

There’s still not a great deal in the Wang (I’ve heard they actually use this term) but it’s in driving distance to some nice places, such as King Valley.

Scribblers Cafe, 66 Reid St, Wangaratta
My friend studying in Wang was pretty much an adopted local by the time we visited. A two hour drive from where we live in the northern suburbs, it wasn’t all too bad.

We decided to acquire some energy before our adventures with brunch at Scribblers cafe.

IMG_7208 copyFor somewhere in the country, I was surprised at how good the coffee was. I love eggplant so I chose the grilled eggplant with poached eggs.

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I enjoyed the flavour of the red sauce on the dish, but the egg could have been runnier and the bread, something less chunky. The dish was a bit small for someone with a big appetite like me. Nonetheless, a decent option if you’re in the area!

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Powers Lookout, Powers Lookout Rd, Whitlands
We initially planned to visit Brown Brother’s vineyard but my friend who wanted to go ended up sick and didn’t join us on the roadtrip. A note for wine lovers though – it’s not far 😉

Instead, we drove to the Alpine National Park area. This park actually encompasses places like Mount Buller and Mount Hotham, but if you look at the map and driving times, the park is humungous.

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We dropped by Powers Lookout, which has a great view of the mountains in the valley. The weather was perfect, sunny enough, not too hot to walk and accompanied by a light, relaxing breeze as we took in the views.

IMG_7274 copyIMG_7273 copyThere are two different short walks but neither is too hard and have similar views. A great lookout – it must be even better at sunset/sunrise.IMG_7260 copyWe also tried to follow the information board indicating there was a waterhole a short distance from the carpark. There are no pictures of it online so we weren’t sure what we were looking for, so we never found it. If anyone has seen it, please let me know!

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Paradise Falls, Paradise Falls Rd, Cheshunt
No, it’s not the one from the movie ‘Up’! I was a little worried that the falls might not have much water but there was only one way to find out. It’s a short walk down from the carpark and not too hard to get under the falls itself.

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IMG_7336 copyThere are two parts coming over the cliff edge, so it’s like a double waterfall. One was stronger than the other that day. The place was so peaceful with a decent amount of water flowing, the sunlight peaking through the trees and no one else there.

IMG_7427 copy IMG_7400 copyThe High Country area is a lovely place for a day trip on a good weather day. We also considered visiting Lake William Hovell (a dam) just outside of the national park, but we decided it was time to head back to Melbourne before it got too late – a great day of exploring.IMG_7430 copy
Last snap on the road home to Melbourne:IMG_7501 copy

Helpful Links:
Parks Victoria – Alpine National Park
Visit King Valley

Thanks to all the girls for helping to take great photos!

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