Driving Wangaratta to Lake Jindabyne, via the Victorian High Country — photos

The Victorian High Country is legendary in four wheel driving circles. I had never been anywhere near the area, apart from a quick trip to Perisher once in the middle of summer. Today was my birthday, and I was going to enjoy it driving through some amazing scenery.

After two weeks holidaying in Tasmania with my family, I was headed for home — more than 2,500 kilometres away! My family flew home from Hobart, and I was taking the long route home to Brisbane.

I had driven the western roads of Tasmania from Hobart to Devonport, via Strahan, three days ago.  I had then spent a sleepless night crossing Bass Strait on the Spirit of Tasmania, followed by a day exploring the Great Ocean Road, spending the night at Warrnambool. I then looped through the middle of Victoria, visiting Ballarat and Bendigo before overnighting at Wangaratta .

Tonight’s destination was Lake Jindabyne, via Mt Hotham and Australia’s highest sealed road, Omeo and Corryong. I was not planning to get too far off the beaten track. I had bought my Toyota Prado only a couple of weeks before driving to Tasmania. I had no recovery gear and very limited off road experience. However, I at least wanted to get the car dirty in this iconic location.

Following are a few photos from the day’s travel.

Great Alpine Road

 

The quirky things you see beside the road in Australia — bikes on a fence

 

Alpine panorama in the Victorian High Country

 

In the clouds at Danny’s Lookout

 

Panorama from Danny’s Lookout

 

Clouds were literally whistling by my car while parked at Danny’s Lookout

 

Entry to Mt Hotham Alpine Village

 

Hotham

 

Sign describing the formation of the Alps, as well as identifying the major peaks (including Mt Kosciuszko at 2228 m)

 

That unimpressive hummock in the middle of the photo is Australia’s highest mountain — Mt Kosciuszko at 2228 m

 

Omeo Post Office

 

Entering the Alpine National Park

 

Mt Bogong vista

 

Corryong Visitor Information Centre

 

Dead Horse Gap — elevation 1582 m

 

View from Dead Horse Gap

 

Thredbo Village

 

Jindabyne

 

Camping at Lake Jindabyne

This article is part of my Tasmania road trip — further stories about this road trip can be found by following the Tasmania trip tag.

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