Explore Merrijig, Australia
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I was lucky to happen upon Merrijig at the invitation of a friend to go skiing at Mt. Buller during a mild and sunny Australian winter (that is from Canadian standards at least). Lesley said, “come on down to Buller and get some turns”. Sure thing, I thought, but where to stay? Looking at the map, she conveniently lived right at the base of this Aussie snow field on a place that was literally represented by a mere dot. Merrijig. Sounds interesting, no? A town surrounded by forest, rivers, gullies, mountains, and what others might explain as nothingness. Time to hit the road and check out Merrijig!
Merrijig hosts a constant population of maybe 1,000 at most, who are the heart of this quaint city. The people you meet here are like the cast of A Man From Snowy River. It is an awe-inspiring kick back into the everyday country life. Mend to the horses, survey your lands, access the cattle, and finish it all off with a cold brew at the local grog shop. A portion of Australian culture which is somewhat lost upon those who forget or are unaware it was once what fuelled the country, the old Drovers poem, the melody of the cattleman’s song.
The best access to Merrijig is from Melbourne, via Mansfield. You’re looking at a 2 and a half hour drive depending on traffic. The last hour is stunning! The best part is you get to drive through Bonnie Doon!! Watch ‘The Castle’ (classic Aussie movie) for the reference to Bonnie Doon.
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Have you ever gone to a sleepy town that seems to be lost in time? Have you ever come across an outdoor wonderland of endless possible activities? Where was it and what did you enjoy most about being there?