Away from the Madding Crowd

Let’s have a look at this week’s suggestions from Sepia Saturday-

Running Away – in a nice sort of way           √ Check

Escaping the Crowd                                        √ Check

Off to the Beach – well, some of the time    √ Check

And to these add

Married for four months

What better reason for saddling up a pack horse, running away, escaping the crowd and heading off into the bush in the Otway Ranges of south west Victoria.

D8 Walking trip with horseFour months ago they were honeymooning in the snow at Mt Buffalo and now in January 1930 Charles and Vera Fricke are at the Fricke farm on Barham River Road at Apollo Bay ready for a few days bushwalking.

Mill- 1930 Walking trip Apollo Bay toPortCampbell

Timber Mill in the Otways, 1930

At one stage on their trip they  passed this timber  mill. Timber had long been a natural resource of the Otways.

Farmhouse Jan 1930 on Charles and Vera;s walking trip

In the Otways, 1930

They camped one night near this farmhouse and were able to buy meat and milk there.

D7  Jan 1930 walking trip

We have seen  Charles and Vera before boiling the billy for a cuppa on the beach  during this trip.

The extensive network of sealed roads had still to be developed so much of the trip would had been done on unsealed roads.

Aire River

Looking down on the Aire River valley

Overlooking the Aire River, and then a bridge over the Aire River. It is just a short river with good river flats for farming.

Aire River Jan 1930

A bridge over the Aire River

Getting closer to the ocean at Princeton, a small town a little further along the coast from the Aire River.

Princeton Jan 1930

Princeton 1930

And finally Port Campbell, another tiny coastal town.   The story is that they put the horse in the Police Paddock that night.   Unfortunately the paddock was only fenced on three sides, a swamp forming the fourth side.  The horse managed to make its way through the swamp during the night and disappeared and they had to ring home to Apollo Bay for someone to come and get them.

Port Campbell  1930 Walking trip Apollo Bay toPortCampbell

Port Campbell 1930

Port Campbell 1930 from Peterborough Road b

Port Campbell 1930

So  ended the bushwalking holiday in the Otway Ranges.  And nine months later ——————

More running away and escaping from crowds

in the links on this weeks Sepia Saturday

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11 thoughts on “Away from the Madding Crowd

  1. Sharon

    My first thought was that it is a long was from Mt Buffalo to Apollo Bay. Even today it would take a long time and there is no direct public transport. It makes me wonder how they did it?

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  2. jofeath

    Great story and accompanying photogrlphs. Your parents ? Charles and VEra were certainly an adventurous couple. I assume that the honeymoon at Mt Buffalo and this one were separate trips. Bad luck about their horse escaping though!.

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  3. Wendy

    What an adventuresome couple. Memories for a lifetime. It’s good to get out and explore and experience those things that often get pushed aside nine months later.

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