AUSSIE GAP YEAR Jindabyne to Wilsons Promontory


Mountain Gentian flowers and Snow Gums.
We parked at Charlotte's Pass and walked the 18.4km round trip, I'm counting the 0.4km from where we parked the car, to the start of the 18km return track.
Josh, the highest boy in Australia at 2229m. Standing on the pillar got him the extra metre.
Hayley, the highest girl in Australia wouldn't stand as there was a bitterly cold strong wind that she thought would blow her off the pillar.
We finally made it to our first goal of the trip, the highest point in Australia at 2228m. Go team Shoard!
Exhausted but pleased we could now walk downhill for 9.2km (200m to parked car). We all struggled in some way and after 6 hours made it back to the car. The spa at the caravan park gave all of us some welcome relief for our aching muscles and joints.
Suggan Buggan Schoolhouse.

Built in 1865 by Edward O'Rourke, an early holder of the Suggan-Buggan run. The slab and shingle single room schoolhouse with tiny room at one end for the accommodation of the tutor, was built for the education of Edward's 11 children. It is now the only remaining connection with the first settlement by the O'Rourke family. As there as no signs to direct you to this amazing glimpse into the past, it is probably missed by many which is a terrible shame for such a significant site.

Hayley admiring the horses at Butchers Ridge rest stop and wondering how we could fit one in.
Picnic Beach at Wilsons Promontory
Great Glennie Island from Picnic Beach at Wilsons Promontory

Sadly we didn't reach our second goal for the trip to get to the southern most point on the mainland as our legs were not up to doing another 32km hike from the carpark. Maybe next time! We did however drive as far south as we could to Tidal River campground.

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