After visiting Dinner Plain last year, there was no doubt that a trip to the snow was going to be on this year's travel list. This time, the family and I decided to go for the ever popular Mount Buller, an iconic destination for local and overseas travellers alike.
The drive to Mount Buller was quite pleasant, except for the one hour it took us to crawl out of the CBD. We drove through several towns like Yarra Glen and Mansfield, many of which I would like to explore on its own when I have more time. We stopped by Yea for a toilet break and bought a sticky lemon and passionfruit cake from a little bakery. (Always need more rations when you're heading into the cold!)
We arrived just as the sun started to set, and it was one of the most surreal surroundings I had ever experienced. Watercolour skies, mountain peaks, and a sea of clouds. I was expecting it to be beautiful, but not this beautiful. We parked our car in the overnight car park and took a four wheel drive taxi to our apartment. I remember putting down all our luggage, quickly changing into warmer clothing and shouting "GO GO GO!" for fear of missing the rest of the sunset.
After a night of charades and blackjack (who knew $9.20 worth of coins used as betting chips could be so much fun?), hubby and I woke up early to catch the sunrise. We knew there wasn't going to be any snowfall during our stay, but we were still happy to see the snow pumps doing their best. The man-made snow ended up being quite slippery though.
Despite the lack of snow, the ski runs were still bursting with people so we decided to go for a hike instead. We chose the Summit Nature Walk, which brought us to the highest point of Mount Buller. We had a lot of fun fooling around in the snow, snapping photographs and crossing runs. It did take a bit of effort and we started getting really warm. It wasn't long into the hike that I had to remove my jacket, scarf and beanie.
The view from the top was amazing. You know that feeling of insignificance when you gaze upon a large expanse of mountains, or just the humbling grandeur of nature in general? Yeah, that's the feeling I constantly chase.
I loved that feeling of being on top of the world.
We were really tired from the hike and had a nap, but we knew we couldn't miss the opportunity to witness another amazing sunset. From far, the mountains and clouds looked like islands and ocean waves. As we got closer, I really felt like I could reach out for the clouds, and grab them like cotton wool.
To be honest, at the start, we were all dampened by the fact that we weren't going to be able to experience natural snowfall, but the scenery more than made up for it. With the great snow forecast this week, I can imagine that it will be even more mesmerising. I hope that someday I will be able to experience Mount Buller in all its beauty.