Into the High Country

If you’re reading my book, or if you’ve been reading this blog for long enough to have seen the post where I included a book excerpt about this, you’ll know that I had a pretty wild horseback adventure in the High Country, the rugged mountains of eastern Victoria. If you’ve seen the movie The Man from Snowy River, you’ll know both how glorious this area is and how seriously they take their horse riding.

This was definitely not the sort of place I could be carrying camera equipment. As a result, I have very few photos from this week-long adventure. However, I do have a few, as my camera was in the supply truck that met us regularly. Plus, Judy of the white crash helmet, introduced in the post linked to above, had a tiny pocket camera, and she supplied a number of great images, which I’ll share in my next post.

The images I have to offer are all from various camp sites. The first is just a shot of one of the camp sites, to show what accommodations were like: tight quarters, but what a view. The next is Guy’s Hut, one of the many historic cattlemen’s huts that dot the High Country. Non-perishable supplies are often left in these huts, to help travelers who might get trapped by a sudden, unexpected blizzard. The final shot was with riders mounted and ready to go one morning when the hardcore riders were offered an extra little adventure, just in case they weren’t being beat up enough with the regular riding.

Mountain Camp

Mountain Camp

Guy's Hut

Guy's Hut

High Country Riders

High Country Riders



Filed under Australia, Book, Geography, History, Travel

8 responses to “Into the High Country

  1. whisperinggums

    And look at those gums. Hubby and I visit the Snowy Mountains (Man from Snowy River ya know!!) every year in the summer. We walk rather than ride but adore it.

  2. Yep — hard to escape gum trees in the mountains. 🙂 As for the Man from Snow River — oh, yes, I do know. My favorite movie. (The original Banjo Patterson poem is pretty good, too.)

  3. What a fun adventure!!! I’m going to check out buying your book. 🙂

  4. Dear Cynthia!
    Greetings! G’day!
    We do have a lot of Ozzies not only visiting our city but living there, and would you believe it playing cricket!
    I think I know wher you ate crab. Wasn’t it near Shzuoka City railway Station?
    Thank you so much for your very kind comments!
    If you wish to a particular part of Jpanese gastronomy covered, do tell me and I will be happy to oblige, the more for it that it is easy in this gastronomic area of Japan!
    Best regards,
    (In case WordPress takes you to my Fantasy Blog!

    • Bonjours, Robert-Gilles.
      Thanks for responding. Actually, I’m not an Aussie, I’m an American. Waltzing Australia is just the title of a book I wrote. However, I think that, because of the language school in Shizuoka-shi, there are a few Americans there, as well. And yes — the place I had the amazing, multi-course, all-crab dinner was not far from the Shizuoka Eki — it’s the place with the huge crab above the door. I think they were surprised that a woman would be eating there alone.

      I appreciate the offer of covering any area of Japan I wish — but I have a fair number of past posts to read on your site before I’ll know what might not have been covered. I make gyudon and yakitori regularly at home, and I have a place I can buy curry pan, but the thing I really miss is not a specific dish, but the whole experience — the wonderful bento boxes (your photo and post on the Ekiben gave me a sharp pang of nostalgia), the myriad little restaurants, noodle shops, street food, and fabulous markets. However, once I’ve run out of things to read on your site, I’ll certainly ask for anything I haven’t seen.


  5. Melissa Kenihan

    I’m a recording engineer from Melbourne. A few years ago I completed an audio documentary called High Country Life. Charlie Lovick who was Master of Horses for the movies The Man from Snowy River 1 & 2 and a high country cattleman with a history of 7 generations, speaks about his and other high country cattlemen’s pioneering past and lives driving cattle to and from the High Country. There is a section where Charlie tells stories of how the movies were born as well as stories of the making of the movies. It’s great listening!

    I thought perhaps you would be interested in listening to it and if you enjoy it, I wonder if you are able to promote it somehow on your site.

    There is a website with more information about the CD. It has been sold through this site over the past few years, but the good news is that it’s now available through iTunes at half the price for anyone wanting to purchase it.

    The link to the High Country Life website is :

    The iTunes link is :

    Kind regards,
    Melissa Kenihan

    • Thanks, Melissa. It sounds like a great project, and I’ll gladly promote it on my site. Even though I’m based in the US, the vast majority of visitors to my blog are Australian (not that many Americans are doing searches on Banjo Paterson), so it would probably still get you some traffic. Okay if I use an image from your site of the cover of the CD?

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