I grew to love NE Victoria when I lived there during the 1970s and 1980s, first in Wodonga and later in the Kiewa Valley on a dairy farm at Kergunyah and then in Yackandandah, a picturesque old gold mining town. Two of my children were born here.
Over 30 years since moving to Melbourne, I had an opportunity to spend a couple of days re-exploring the area and introducing Gary to its charms. We stayed in a cosy little Airbnb cottage in Allans Flat and it turned out our hosts had known (and even worked for!) really good friends of my family.
Here’s a photographic record of some of the highlights of our trip, starting with our accommodation:
Unfortunately, I didn’t take any photos in Yackandandah or Beechworth but managed a few in the Kiewa Valley starting around Kergunyah where we used to live and swam daily in summer at the waterhole. It’s now a designated free camp and there’s been a caravan park opposite since the early 1990s:
Further along the Kiewa Valley the autumn trees became evermore colourful – a sharp contrast from the Chinese spring blossoms we’d seen only a month earlier:
On the spur of the moment we decided to head on up the mountain to Falls Creek. I was surprised by the extent of the dead trees and it was also quite chilly compared with the valley, but the views were amazing:
Lunch in Mt Beauty was followed by a drive through Tawonga Gap to the Ovens Valley, which I remembered well as a favourite for our visitors in earlier days with its great views across the Kiewa Valley to Mt Bogong, Victoria’s highest mountain:
Our last stop was Bright where the autumn trees were not yet showing their full colours, then a drive past my very favourite mountain, Mt Buffalo on the way home:
My trip down memory lane continued the following day with a drive to Tallangatta where the views across the Hume Weir contrasted sharply with my watery memories – just a trickle of water flowing:
…And on to Albury to see the Hume Dam, a far cry from the full body of water we’d swum in so often and seen in full flood in the 1970s, but still an impressive engineering structure: