Pretty Valley? Yeah it is!
The locals love the snow in Falls Creek but truthfully there is a certain serenity that comes in summer when they mountains are only yours to roam.
From mountain biking to kite surfing to boating to good old fashioned fishing from a tinny wearing an oversized hat and a chilled six pack… there are many body and soul adventures to be had.
This weekend we set off on a must do for the Victorian High Country – exploring the cattleman’s huts of the Bogong High Plains. QT Falls Creek is situated at the base of the exclusive mountain biking and skiing resort known as Falls Creek. It conveniently sits right on Bogong High Plains, making it a great staging post in winter (no tracked transport required to unload the kiddies… or your case of wine… or both) for skiing and super handy for exploring the High Plains by bike, 4WD or foot in Summer.
The huts that are dotted around the High Plains are well worth a trip to step into the past and let your imagination take you to back to a time almost forgotten. Dating as far back as the 1860’s these huts gave shelter to the men that worked these plains, explorers and skiers alike. After seeing these meagre shelters the depths of winter didn’t really bare thinking about. Back towards Falls Creek over the dam and left up towards Mt McKay takes us up to the road to Pretty Valley Hut. Situated next to Pretty Valley Diversion Dam Lake and the old horse yards, this is a great lunch spot and is a sort after location for destination weddings. In summer, you may be lucky enough to see horses roaming amongst the stockyard ready for the days adventure.
The pondage itself is aptly named, its a gorgeous oasis admist the highplains, and like any hidden secret, undoubtedly cool (in temperature as well) and plenty to explore. Between a a vast lake with some of Victoria’s best trout fishing, scenic walks and a cascade of water holes (see us at QT reception for the infamous deep blue), a day at Pretty Valley is a day well spent.
When you check in at QT we can give you more ideas than you will have time for… come on up for a fun weekend away and enjoy the clean air and the enjoyably temperate mountain air.
Don’t forget to pack a camera!
words by natasha payne
header image by aaron stott photography