Sunday 8th April 2012
Day 6 - Stanley, Mt Stanley, Woolshed Falls and Chiltern.
The weather is fine and cool to cold. Last night I used my sleepingbag again, was as warm as toast..
Today, the temperature reached a maximum of 18.1° and a minimum of 3.6°.
It was another big day.
After brekky, we picked up Paul, Jen and Dan in the mighty Navara and the five of us headed over to Beechworth, on our way to Stanley and Mount Stanley.
We left camp at 10:10am and drove to Stanley, here we were looking for a house which is owned by Jen's family. We found it after driving through all
streets of Stanley which consists of about 4 streets. Not a big town. We then headed to Mount Stanley(1,061m high), along a narrow gravel road which took
us to the summit, which has a large Telstra tower. It would make things very interesting if we encountered any traffic on the road, but we didn't.
At the summit, there was a picnic table and spaces to park, so we parked and had a picnic and took photos. Just as we were packing up, a 4Wd came past
and then did a U turn and parked near us. Within 5 minutes, there were 5 4WDs and a HSV Grange (which I thought was not suitable to drive the gravel
road, obviously, the owner has more money than brains). We were very lucky, that we did not encounter any traffic coming towards us. The views from the
summit were awesome, but were a bit hazy.
We drove through Beechworth on our way to Chilten, because Jen wanted to visit Chiltern. On our way, we stopped in at Woolshed Falls and walked down
to the Falls and took photos, there were heaps of people visiting the Falls. Paul got his jeans wet jumping over various streams, lucky that I have
long legs, I didn't get wet.
Left the Falls, and on our way to Chiltern, we passed a sign displaying Gems, so we did a U turn and visited John, owner of Stonehedge gems, Marg and
I bought a lovely piece of Peacock Ore (Bornite). John was a talker and Paul and I spoke with him for at least 40 minutes, he was a very interesting guy.
We continued onto Chiltern, we parked out the front of the cafe in the main street. We walked in to the cafe,noticed that they had outside table and chairs,
so we asked if we could sit outside, the lady nearly snapped my head off, by saying very abruptly that she was not serving outside, something about a
previous patron bringing a dog outside, we said that we didn't have a dog. It didn't matter, she refused to serve us outisde, so we left and walked the
main street and looked at the shops. Finally, we headed back to Wang, but we had one final stop to make, Paul wanted to take photos of the Eldorado dredge.
So we stopped at the dredge, took photos, walked around the perimeter and then headed back to camp.
We finally got back to camp at 4:50pm, we were all buggered after another big day. After about 30 minutes of relaxing in their cabin, Paul and I used the
camp's BBQ and cooked a beautiful barby dinner. After dinner, Marg and I were absolutely buggered, so no cards tonight, we went back to our camp and
just chilled out. Bed wasn't too far away.
Mt Stanley, Woolshed Falls, Dredge photos here.