Victorian high country, Australia

Victorian high country, Australia

Entering the Victorian high country through Marysville along the Black Spur ... the tall forests, the mists, the Mystic Mountains ... These photos were all taken in 2003 and 2004, long before the disastrous fires on Black Saturday, the 7th of February 2009.

Some towns, like Marysville mentioned in various pics below, were virtually destroyed by the most savage bushfire with the highest death toll in Australian history. So some of these pics may show scenes that have significantly changed since they were taken. They therefore have historical significance.

For a discussion on the causes of bushfires and how we can limit their dangers, read Bushfire!.

More info on bushfires in Victoria at State Library of Victoria.

Aussie Stories - telling about Australia in words and pictures

Joe Mortelliti's life long love, from when he was first given a Brownie camera as a boy, was photography. It was the focus of his work life for many years. He loved to travel with his wife Marion to as many parts of Australia as he could. He had the ability to 'see' the beauty of our land in such a way that he could photograph it for the delight of others. These photos are a legacy that he has left us. Used by permission and with appreciation.
Aussie Stories - telling about Australia in words and pictures

Pauls Track, Toolangi State Forest, Victoria, Australia
Pauls Track, Toolangi State Forest, Victoria, Australia. A moderately difficult track that in places could be quite challenging when wet. Pauls track in the Toolangi State forest near Dixons Creek. Here the track winds through tall timbers. March 2016.

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Woods Point service station, alpine Victoria, Australia
Woods Point service station, alpine Victoria, Australia. Woods Point is a very remote town deep in the Great Dividing Range, frequently visited by 4wd enthusiasts. Most of Woods Point was destroyed in the 1939 fires and then rebuilt.

The service station is a time capsule that still serves fuel, but only super petrol and diesel. Visiting the town is an experience. Locals from the region have pointed out that many people have mysteriously gone missing in the area over the years, never to be seen again, and that police records confirm some 35 people missing over the years. The area has many dangerous mine shafts.

Locals speculate that over many years corrupt city individuals involved in vice activities and gang disputes have sought refuge in the area due to it’s remoteness, but in due course these individuals have been caught up with and then … disappeared. December 2003.

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Jamieson River, Alpine Victoria, Australia
Jamieson River, Alpine Victoria, Australia. From Woods Point we travelled along the Jamieson River to the township of Jamieson. Jamieson was a gold mining town that provided supply links to the gold miners that worked in the region.

At Jamieson while traveling a dirt track on outskirts of town, we met Joe Blackridge who hand crafts 'Lagerphones', a musical instrument that uses beer tops to create a unique sound. He gave us a treat by playing and singing When the Saints Come Marching In. Joe, a builder by trade and gold miner, built the first house in Jamieson after the town was destroyed by the 1939 fires. December 2003.

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Wind swept snow gums, alpine Victoria, Australia
Wind swept snow gums, alpine Victoria, Australia. A steep rocky 4wd climb up Mountain Number 3 brought us to the top at around 1638 metres, to an area of large snow gums.

Even though it was a beautiful day with the sun filtering through, we were reminded of the harsh conditions that occur on these mountains as we looked at the wind swept gums. February 2004.

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Craig's Hut, Mt Stirling, alpine Victoria, Australia
Craig's Hut, Mt Stirling, alpine Victoria, Australia. Craig’s hut on Mt Stirling was recreated for the movie The Man from Snowy River. Private land in the You Yangs near Geelong were also used as a location for the early scenes of this movie.

At 1747 metres the views of the high country from Craig's Hut are spectacular. The hut has gone through three upgrades since. The original was only a movie prop but became so popular with visitors that a more robust construction was required. February 2004.

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Craig's Hut was again destroyed by bushfire in December 2006, and rebuilt in 2008, so the one you see in this pic no longer exists.

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Bindaree Hut near the Howqua River, alpine Victoria, Australia
Bindaree Hut near the Howqua River, alpine Victoria, Australia. The present hut was built in 1937 using Broad Leaf Peppermint logs. This idyllic setting has the Howqua River flowing past only a few metres away. More than 100 mountain huts were razed by the 2003 summer fires. February 2004.

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Mt Buller view from Bluff Hut on Mt Stirling, alpine Victoria, Australia
Mt Buller view from Bluff Hut on Mt Stirling, alpine Victoria, Australia. Mt Buller, 1804 metres high, is a backdrop to this shot of the high country landscape framed by the trunk of a rugged Snow Gum.

The resort offers 180 hectares of ski trails, and has won the Australian Ski Award for the 'best all year round resort' for 2 years running. February 2004.

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Lovick's Hut, on Barclay's Flat near Mt Lovick, alpine Victoria, Australia
Lovick's Hut, on Barclay's Flat near Mt Lovick, alpine Victoria, Australia. The Lovicks built many huts. This one of the more recent, constructed in 1960. It is located at Barclay’s Flat, near Mt Lovick. The first hut was built by Jack Lovick Snr in 1925 near the summit of Mt Buller and later burnt down.

Jack Lovick Jnr was declared a 'State Living Treasure' in 1980 after helping a number of search and rescue missions and also with the production of the Man from Snowy River movies. February 2004.

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First rays of dawn on Howitt's Hut, Howitt High Plains, alpine Victoria, Australia
First rays of dawn on Howitt's Hut, Howitt High Plains, alpine Victoria, Australia. William Bryce who held the leasehold for the Wonnangatta Station built the hut in 1899. It is located near to where the body of Bamford was found after the Wonnangatta murders of 1918. The hut was completely rebuilt in the 1920s to 1930s. It is located at the edge of the Howitt High Plains. February 2004.

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