Silly us, we thought that it would be nice to walk around the Winton Wetlands and pictured short boardwalks around a small swamp. We parked our cars and realised our mistake when we saw the enormity of the swamp system. It is 8750 hectares in area and we certainly weren’t up to a 9 or 15km walk on a seriously hot day. Instead we had a coffee in the café, admired the view and at the advice of staff equipped ourselves with a map and took off down Boggy Bridge Road. At the sight of the painted Fish Trees we just had to stop and marvel at the illusion that had been created on a row of long dead trees now colourfully brought to life. A right turn and we were in Greens Hill camp ground a perfect spot for tent camping and worthy of an overnight stay just to try out the swinging fire pit. A little further on and we found sensitive murals painted on a CFA Tank and Ashmead’s Swamp Art Gallery of painted trees.
A few minutes up the road and a world away we were in Glenrowan tasting wines and buying locally grown cherries straight from the farm. One day, when it’s not so hot we’ll return to the Wetlands to see more, much more.
Where is it? Just to the west of the Hume Highway between Benalla and Glenrowan in North East Victoria. Regular travellers on the Hume Highway would know it as Lake Mokoan, once a reservoir but now it is a refuge for wildlife and a delightful repository for art.