High Country Summer – revisited
14 January 2012 by 0 Comments
Buckland Valley – Vic High Country
Christmas is one of our chances to escape the deluge of tourists heading to the coast in search of sun & surf….. we prefer the dry heat of the inland; and the Vic High Country is always a favourite destination at any time of year.
Boxing Day morning we met the others at Goulburn Macca’s for a quick breakfast and chance for the dogs to have a drink & wee break. With the Polaris set for the Buckland Valley, we were headed down the Hume by 6.30am and the road just keeps getting better.
The Hume is always undergoing major improvements. With the new Woomargama by-pass was fully operational, and the Holbrook by-pass well under way, it wasn’t long before we were refuelling at the Lavo truck stop.
With our small convoy of only 4 cars this year we were all soon back on the black stuff and headed along the Yackandandah-Myrtleford Rd with aspirations of lunch at our Buckland River camp.
Turning off the Alpine Way near Porepunkah, we were soon on the dirt heading up the valley road. Buckland Valley’s rich alluvial river flats close to town are used for diary and fruit growing.
The river road sweeps and snakes it’s way along as it climbs up towards it’s source high up in the mountains. There are remnants of dozens of old gold diggings along this road, and many have survived as camping reserves. We were surprised to see so many campers had already filled up the first half a dozen camps along the valley road, busier than last Christmas.
Although the Buckland River had plenty of flow this Xmas, the depth wasn’t good for swimming like last Christmas. Exploring upstream the kids found a set of rapids and a couple of really deep holes, so they had a great time riding the rapids, constructing rock walls and dam building.
The overhanging trees and depth of the valley provided great shade and at times you had to seek some sunshine to stay warm in the rather
icy water. The rocky bottom was also a bit slippery, but the water was crystal clear.
Our new Supreme Getaway was living up to it’s name and everyone utilised the large corner lounge and table. I just loved the big fridge in the new van as we were short the extra Engel in the Troopy on this trip.
Buckland Valley Road takes you up to the Mt Selwyn track and from here the high country is yours for the picking. A 4wdrivers heaven, tracks lead off in all directions to another valley or river somewhere …..