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Above The Mountains Adventure


I did it again. I went back to one of my favourite places in Victoria, Bright. It's only a couple of hours away from home but I swear Bright is like my happy place, my home away from home. Seeing as I've been to Bright more times than I can count, for this trip I wanted to do something a little different. I decided a trip to Mt Buffalo which is one of the surrounding mountains would be perfect because (fun fact) one of my favourite words is Buffalo (not kidding). I had a feeling I was going to like this adventure from the get go.

Luckily for me it's summer so Mt Buffalo wasn't covered in snow, instead the sun was shining and I had a perfectly clear view from the top of the mountain. Not even the crazy strong wind could stop me from leaning over the railing a little to take a peek down. I did almost lose my sunglasses doing that though so I wouldn't recommend it!



I actually managed to get some usable photos of me on the mountain which is surprising, considering 90% of the photos of me from this day involve me looking completely hilarious, trying to pose with my hair flying crazily in the wind. Think Cousin Itt from the Addams Family meets Bellatrix Lestrange's hair and you've got what mine looked like. So chic. 

One of the main reasons I wanted to go to Mt Buffalo was because it's home to an old, completely isolated Chalet. I'm a sucker for anything that looks like it has a story to it so the deserted Chalet had me interested right away.

You may not be able to tell from the photos but the Chalet itself really looks worse for wear when you get up close. It's one of those things where it's fine from far away but then you get closer and it's all downhill from there. *Tiny history lesson* Apparently the Chalet has been around since 1912 and it used to be one of the biggest luxury Chalet's in Victoria. Hard to imagine considering nowadays its structure is coming apart, with broken windows, rusty doors and decaying wood. You name it, it's got it, and it's probably rotting.





Knowing that this place used to be considered luxurious really sparked my imagination. The film lover/drama queen in me couldn't resist imagining what it would've been like if I'd stayed there in the past. I kept thinking of all the different people over the years who came through there and what their stories were. Am I the only one who does things like that? When I see something that's abandoned I just start going back in time in my own head and imagining all of these different scenarios of what it was like back then. Who knows, maybe I visited the Chalet back in another life? Either that or I'm just over-dramatic. I suspect the latter.



Despite gates up around the Chalet itself and locked doors, everyone seemed be conveniently 'missing' the warning signs as they tried to find any way they could into the property to explore. From what I saw no one had found a way in, but it looks like I'm not the only one that's intrigued by places like this!

On the drive back down the mountain the nerd in me really wanted to find out more about the Chalet so I jumped on google and apparently it's going to be restored back to it's former glory! I'd love to come back when it's all re-vamped and see what it's like. Maybe in the winter I could stay at the Chalet and huddle by the fireplace with a hot chocolate and a fresh berry pie. Yeah, that sounds ideal to me.


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114 comments:

  1. Ahh what a view, I love that feeling of being at the top of the world, it's just so eye opening and a puts all my 'big' problems in to perspective.

    Sally ~ DiagonSally

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  2. Oh wow! Stunning! I can do some serious reflecting and brainstorming there!

    Mel | www.thegossipdarling.com

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    1. If it wasn't so windy it would've been perfect to sit up there for a while and just relax actually :)

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  3. Beautiful photos. :)

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  4. What a stunning view! And you are definitely right, it looks alright from a distance. Is it abandoned now? I would love to see what it looks like on the inside. I always want to explore abandoned buildings, although in that condition (with the rot etc) it must be very dangerous.

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    1. It's nice to hear from someone that feels the same way as me! Obviously I don't like the danger aspect but still, I feel like I could spend forever just exploring all of these different abandoned buildings.

      For the most part it's abandoned in the sense that no one stays there and it's in no way operational, but they are starting to re-build it gradually so I imagine a work crew would be coming and going nowadays :)

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    1. Thank you, really happy you liked the photos :)

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  6. Gorgeous view!!! I love trips that ends with a view that will never be forgotten x

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  7. Your adventures are wonderful!
    Charlotte // www.charlottespicks.com

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  8. Your pictures are amazing ! It seems to be a lovely place !
    Alexandra
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  9. What a stunning place! xo

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    1. It is really beautiful up there, I'll definitely be going back for another visit :)

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    1. Aren't they? I feel like if it weren't so windy up there I could've stayed all day.

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  11. This weather is so lovely compared to what we're having! I'm so interested to see what the building will look like again all jazzed up.

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    1. Me too! Once it's done I'll definitely be getting myself there asap.

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  12. Wow this place is beautiful! Love seeing your adventures!

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  13. That view is so gorgeous! It sort of reminds me of the Mt Warning views in Northern NSW. Can you please take me on your next adventure?! Haha. xx

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    1. haha yes! As long as you're happy to eat copious amounts of this amazing garlic sourdough they have there ;)

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  14. This looks like an amazing place to visit, I totally do the same thing, when I visit an abandoned place, I also imagine and try to put pieces together as if I was once there. Its a unique but nice feeling. Thank you so much for sharing.

    X, Ruth Sarai

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    2. It makes me really happy to hear that you enjoyed this post and it makes me even happier to hear from people that do the same thing that I do when I visit abandoned places :)

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    3. And I'll definitely check out your blog as well :)

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  15. Wow, what a beautiful place! I love your take on things :)

    Cass

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  16. These photos are beautiful & you definitely don't look hilarious, just beautiful. :]

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    1. Thanks Carmen, that's really nice of you to say :)

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  17. Great photos! Love your outfit, so chic!
    xx
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  18. Beautiful photos yet again. The place looks picturesque in the summer, imagine how beautiful it would look in the winter snow. In my mind I am imagining people in their 1920's clothing arriving with horse and carriage ready for their adventures. I wonder if the place will get renovated in time for the next 20's again.
    Thank you for sharing this with us.

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    1. Thanks Phoebe, I really love hearing that you liked my photos :)

      I imagine people in the 1920's as well, I'd love to head back there as soon as it's renovated...hopefully it doesn't take until 2020!

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  19. Love the photos! I went somewhere similar (with mountains and and fab views) here in Brisbane during the wet season. Thank god it wasn't raining when I went but because it had just rained, there were beautiful mist settling down through way there. It was amazing! x

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    1. That sounds amazing, mist setting on the mountains is so so beautiful. I've love to get down to Brisbane for myself one day as well!

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  20. Wow!!! You look stunning darling and the landscape is breathtaking!! <3 xxx
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  21. This place is so beautiful! I can imagine why it's your happy place, I feel the same about it even though' I never went there. But it seems very peaceful and enjoyable :)
    Kisses,
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    1. It was really peaceful, there's a reason why I love it there so much! :)

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  22. Love this amazing blog, thanks for sharing!!!

    xxx

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    1. It is really beautiful up there, thanks Tiffany :)

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  24. Stunning photographs here, you've captured your mountain escape beautifully :)

    Laura xo

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  25. Such a nice view! I love the photos too x

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  26. wow the photos are amazing! Love it!!

    Ana ♥
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  27. Such great view! Lucky u!
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  28. Oh wow, what a breathtaking view! If I had a place like that around me, I wouldn't mind driving a few hours to see that view, it would be so relaxing!

    Ela BellaWorld

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    1. You're so right, that makes me want to drive there more often actually!

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  29. Such gorgeous views. I had an Uncle get married there a few years ago and it was GORGEOUS! The Ball Room is INSANE

    Sarah | More Than Adored

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    1. In Bright not the Chalet right? Either that or the Chalet didn't shut as long ago as I thought!

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  30. What an amazing place to explore!!!! Hugs, Kait
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    1. Thanks Kait, it is really beautiful up there :)

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  31. One thing I miss about Aussieland is the blue blue sky. The best skies I've seen in the land down udner is at Gold Coast and Tasmania. Breathtaking and unforgettable! Have only been to Mebourne and not anywhere else in Vistoria. Should venture out next time! Thank you for sharing x

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    1. Definitely venture out if you get the time, Melbourne is great but Victoria has a lot of other beautiful places to offer as well :)

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  32. Wooow such a lovely place ! I wish I could be there !

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    1. It is so beautiful up there, I really love Bright :)

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  33. Such beautiful photos and I love the view of the mountains it's stunning! Sounds like you had an amazing time exploring and it would be nice to go back once everything's re-vamped! :) x

    Jenny | Krystel Couture

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    1. Definitely! I feel like it's going to take them so long to renovate though.

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  34. This looks like such a great day!! Absolutely craving the sunshine and warm weather over in the states, so this was just what I needed!

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    1. Thanks Maddy, so happy you liked the post :)

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  35. wow, that view is amazing!! glad you had a great time.

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    1. Thanks Kierra, I really did have a great time :)

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  36. This place looks so beautiful and tranquil, very much like somewhere I'd happily spend a day exploring! I felt for you when you said you nearly lost your sunglasses though, I always worry about that when peering over edges :)

    Gabrielle | A Glass Of Ice
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    1. Thanks Gabrielle, I've learnt my lesson though, always take the sunglasses off first!

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  37. What a stunning and gorgeous place, the view is just breathtaking xx

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  38. Oh wow, this looks like such an incredible place to explore! I'm sure that it's going to look even more incredible once it's restored!

    Stephanie ● Sartorial Diner

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    1. I think so too! I can't wait to see what it looks like all done.

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  39. Stunning photography and you look so lovely and content! xx

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  40. Everything looks so pretty and fresh. Lovely pictures.

    Chaste & Beautiful

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  41. Such stunning photos! All those mountains look like a scene in a movie - thank you for sharing and you look lovely as always :)

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    1. That's so lovely of you to say :)

      It is really beautiful up there as well, I hadn't really thought that it looks like a scene in a movie but you're completely right- it does!

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    1. Thanks Gemma, the view is pretty spectacular!

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  43. This post was a fun read. Really nice photos too!

    Joyce // Joycentricity

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  44. Such beautiful photos & the view is stunning !! ☺
    Nati xx
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    1. I love hearing that people are enjoying my photography, thanks Karolina :)

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  46. Wow, the view is absolutely breathtaking! It was great that you went there on a sunny day too. I bet it made everything all the more beautiful. I love buildings that have a story behind them too. It's interesting to know what things once were, it sucks that you couldn't go inside though.

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    1. Tell me about it. The whole structure is basically falling apart so as much as I wanted to explore the inside, I also didn't want to fall through the floorboards or something!

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  47. Gorgeous pictures!!

    Hope you're having an awesome day! Kisses,
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  48. I love these kinds of small towns for a quick getaway, there are a couple near me. The distance is perfect too - just far enough that it feels like I'm in a completely different place, but not too far so that it takes the whole day to drive.

    There are historic houses there as well, which have been converted into B&Bs. I like imagining who had stayed there before me as well!

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    1. I bet I'd do the exact same thing if I stayed in those B&Bs, and you're right that places like this that aren't too too far away always make the best getaways :)

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  49. Amazing view, wow how lucky! Bisous, Sand.
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  50. love your outfit julia! really nice view!

    love,

    jess

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  51. What a fabulous view! I can't wait to start exploring my area for little gems like this :)

    Kate | themintedblog.com

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    1. Thanks Kate. One of my favourite things to do is explore my area, have fun! :)

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