Thredbo Diggings – February 2009

An unpleasantly hot weekend awaited Canberra after an unpleasantly hot week, and so we were looking forward to our annual family mountain weekend to provide some relief. But it would prove to be pretty hot up there too!

We had decided on Thredbo Diggings as our base, a lovely campsite just next to the Thredbo River. Our previous attempt to camp there had been in November 1983, when it had rained ceaselessly and we’d finally decided to head home when the kids didn’t have any dry clothes left, only to discover it was sunny and clear about 5 km down the road!

This time, however, it was clear and hot, so hot that all we really wanted to do was swim in the river! But we had to do at least something energetic, so on Saturday morning we took the chairlift up from Thredbo and walked through the high Alpine landscape to the edge of the Ramshead Range, for a wonderful view into Northern Victoria. It was very windy up there and the ground was very dry.

Returning to the campsite at about 3, we spent the rest of that day and most of Sunday at or in the river, building and rebuilding weirs, paddling the boat and keeping cool. Very refreshing! After lunch on Sunday, we  packed up reluctantly and headed home after one last swim.

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The Thredbo River at Thredbo Diggings. Playing with our torches and our new camera tripod the first night.  Love hearts for Valentines Day. Saturday - took the chairlift up. Here we are sheltering from the howling gale up the top. We were getting blown away! ...past lovely ground covers... ... into the Ramshead Range. The view towards the Victorian Alps. Still windy! We prudently decided not to climb the mountain and get blown away! Back at Thredbo Diggings there was a dam to be rebuilt and improved! ... and a boat to play around in! Beautiful cool clear water - just what we needed on a hot day! Consultations about the design... There! it's finished! Breakfast at the campsite on Sunday. Hot again. View up to the range. Here we go again! Building a newer better dam (some pesky kids had re-engineered yesterday's effort!) Nice just to sit in the river... Breaching the new dam, much to the delight of some nearby kids.

Posted on February 25th, 2009, tagged with events

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