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Picnicking in the Forest

by Les Goldsmith posted on 2009-09-17 09:53 last modified 2009-09-17 19:02
Leaving the sun and surf of Lakes Entrance we wander up the Great Alpine Road to our hidden picnic spot.

Heading out of Lakes Entrance we travel up the Tambo river where the paddle steamers carried supplies for the goldfields in Omeo long ago, with farms and willows along the river to recall those days, although the water level in the river allows you to walk across in many places. Past the cliffs -one of the great bream fishing spots - then out of the pasture land into the forest.

Coming to Bruthen we stop to enjoy the glory of the old Tambo Shire, when the rail was king and ran through to Orbost. Community around here is strong - arts, music and walking trails flourish. We will save the exploration for a trip along the Bairnsdale Orbost rail trail.

Climbing the Alpine road out of Bruthen we enter the spectacular forests that stretch right up over the Great Divide. The road twists and turns along beside the tambo river.

Reaching Playgrounds Road we turn into the forest and make our way carefully along the gravel road. Slowly is good as we keep stopping to enjoy the wildflowers blooming alongside the track. Lazing around in the water and turning over rocks at the junction of the Timbarra and the Tambo we settle in for a casual afternoon in the quiet of the Forest.

The rivers burble busily over the rocks providing a soothing backdrop to a perfect location.

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