The Emu expedition/holiday departed the beautiful mountain township of Toolangi Victoria and headed up into the Upper Valley ranges to a little town of only 280 residents called Narbethong.
Narbethong is situated between the townships of Healesville and Marysville and is nestled in the Black Spur area, situated beneath the shadows of the extensive surrounding ranges. Narbethong, like Healesville and Marysville , were victims of the 2009 Black Saturday bushfires that swept Victoria on the 7th January 2009 with massive loss of life.
We chose a beautiful little mountain retreat called Wombat Cottage to stay at for two days as we explored the mountain area.
Wombat cottage is situated in an idyllic setting, mountains all around and had an ambience of an English country garden style, I had forgotten how crystal clear was the mountain air. Waking to the laughter of the Kookaburras early morning song, watching the mountain mist rise of the grazing lands exposing the feeding cattle voicing their early morning bellows, the sounds of the rustling of the leaves in the trees, and the awakening of the birdlife, all made my nostalgic journey a pure joy.
Wombat Cottage is aptly named as in the back paddocks, burrowed into a hillside embankment is a large hollow, the home to one very big Wombat, he was a resident there as I saw his marks each morning from his nights foraging.
For those that may not know, the Wombat is a nocturnal animal that is inherently blind and only comes out at night searching for food, they can grow as big as a large sheep. They can be seen on the roads at night in the high mountain country but locals are always aware of there presence, sadly some do get hit by cars, mainly from city slickers not aware of the wildlife in the mountains.
One other aspect of our memorable two days at Wombat cottage was the beautiful King Parrot birds. They covered the trees in a kaliedoscope of colours, at first they were reluctant to come close but after the second day they would land on our hands to be fed, a delightful experience.
The cottage is run by a lovely girl called Jennifer, a great hostess who is also a tour guide at the Healesville Wildlife sanctuary, if you consider visiting Narbethong just google the Wombat cottage or even just google to see a great little mountain retreat.
We left Wombat cottage with much fond memories and headed off into the next part of our adventure.
To be continued