Well after 5 weeks in Melbourne for Christmas catching up with family and friends we are back on the road again. My liver and waist line are very pleased about that let me say. I can only speak for myself of course as Leoni does not have a waist line problem; but her Liver is enjoying the rest. We left Melbourne on the Thursday the 11th
of Jan and headed to Merrijig for the cattlemen's cup. A three day event celebrating the mountain cattle men who have grazed their cattle in the high country for a very long time, but due to government busy bodies and the influence of others have been or will be kicked out. Any way; back to the event and our trip. We arrived the day before the cup was to start so had to camp at the base of Mount Buller at a place called Mirimbah about 12 k down the road, with some of our friends who are also travellers and attending the cup, in fact they told us about it as they went in previous years
. The camp at the base was very nice place with plenty of space and grass and across the road is a tap that gets tested regularly for its water purity as it comes direct from the river flowing down from the mountain and is reputed to be the purest water in the state. We filled our tanks from the tap and yes; a.) We did not get sick and; b) the water was good tasting and clear. An added bonus was that you can pull the van up right next to the tap so the short hose is all we needed to fill the tanks. The tap can be hard to find thou as it not signed at all but we had inside information so new where to look. We returned to this camp spot after the cup for a couple of nights to refill the tanks and do some exploring around the area. We travelled up to Craig’s hut and then took the 4wd tracks to the back of Mount Buller ski resort / Village wow! If you want to see some spectacular views take a drive around this area it’s spectacular to say the least and the camera does not do it justice at all. But don’t do it in the winter months you won’t get thru summer roads only and defiantly 4 WD vehicles only. After we arrived at the Buller Village we toured around and as you would guess there are only a handful of people around in the summer as opposed to the winter when I guess the place is crawling with skiers; so we had the roads to ourselves almost. It’s an interesting place to visit in the summer, and the walk to the summit is a good piece of heart muscle exercise, and once you are at the summit it feels like the top of the world and on a good day the view is magnificent; if the walk up did not take your breath away the view will. The next day we headed off towards Bendigo and then onto Mildura.