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.