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.Β So chic.Β 

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.Β *Tiny history lesson*Β 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 responses to “Above The Mountains Adventure”

  1. DiagonSally says:

    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

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

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  3. Natalie says:

    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.

    Nat | Dignifiable

    • 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 πŸ™‚

  4. Super nice pictures, it makes me miss the sun so much !


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


  6. Charlotte says:

    Your adventures are wonderful!
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  7. Your pictures are amazing ! It seems to be a lovely place !

  8. What a breathtaking view! Bright looks so beautiful xx

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  9. Oh my goodness, those views are amazing!!

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  10. Sarah Wagner says:

    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.

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


  12. 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


  13. Ruth Sarai says:

    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

  14. Wow, what a beautiful place! I love your take on things πŸ™‚



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

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  16. Great photos! Love your outfit, so chic!
    Mademoiselle Coconath

  17. Phoebe says:

    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.

    • Thanks Phoebe, I really love hearing that you liked my photos πŸ™‚

      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!

  18. 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


  19. Remi Sabbah says:

    Wow!!! You look stunning darling and the landscape is breathtaking!! <3 xxx
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  20. I.S.S.A says:

    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 πŸ™‚

  21. Nora Gouma says:

    Love this amazing blog, thanks for sharing!!!



  22. Laura Scott says:

    Stunning photographs here, you've captured your mountain escape beautifully πŸ™‚

    Laura xo


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

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  24. Ana Soares says:

    wow the photos are amazing! Love it!!

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  25. β–ΊNadush says:

    You look beautiful πŸ™‚

  26. Adaleta says:

    Loving all of these pictures! xx adaatude.com

  27. Chichi says:

    Such great view! Lucky u!

  28. Natalie Ann says:

    Gorgeous pictures! πŸ™‚

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  29. 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

  30. 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

  31. What an amazing place to explore!!!! Hugs, Kait

  32. Viviene Kok says:

    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

    Viviene Kok

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

  34. Jenny says:

    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! πŸ™‚ x

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  35. Maddy Mays says:

    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!


  36. Wonderful photography!

    Hannie Arden from missingwanderer.org.

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

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  38. Gabrielle says:

    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 πŸ™‚

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


  40. 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

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


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

    Chaste & Beautiful

  43. Yuka Suzuki says:

    Such stunning photos! All those mountains look like a scene in a movie – thank you for sharing and you look lovely as always πŸ™‚


    • That's so lovely of you to say πŸ™‚

      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!

  44. Gemma Magpie says:

    Oh my gosh what incredible views! It looks amazing xx

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  45. Blissy Joyce says:

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

    Joyce // Joycentricity

  46. Artdicted 2 says:

    Such beautiful photos & the view is stunning !! ☺
    Nati xx

  47. <3333 such amazing pictures!

    love the whole post

    Karolina Gerspucci

  48. veebz boo says:

    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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    • 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!

  49. taislany says:

    Gorgeous pictures!!

    Hope you're having an awesome day! Kisses,
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  50. angelina says:

    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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    • 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 πŸ™‚

  51. Taimemode says:

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



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  53. Kate Flint says:

    What a fabulous view! I can't wait to start exploring my area for little gems like this πŸ™‚

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