Hotels, the Motel and Bed and Breakfast accommodations are very busy at this time of the year.
Tallangatta is at its best in October – with the High Country Rail Trail “Tall Trestle Ride” this weekend- starting at Corryong and ending at Tallangatta. Morning and afternoon tea, lunch at the Koetong pub and a few bus rides to bridge the parts of the trail not yet open. It is a a very special ride taking in the iconic tall trestle bridges which are slowly being restored.
Then on with your dancing stilettos for the Fifty Festival in the last weekend of October. As well as a rock band /dance there are vintage cars and a market in the triangles.
Guests at the Bed and Breakfast often send me photos they have taken during their stay in Tallangatta and these three really capture the beauty of our home. The one below taken directly below the Bed and Breakfast. The first two looking down the lake towards Albury at sunset.
Photos emailed to me by Trevor Jenner- a guest with his wife at Redgum BnB early Oct 2015
I have wondered why the shops, motel and hotels of our township of Tallangatta were not built along the lake edge. How much more delightful if you were staying at the motel to wake up to the views of the lake that we get to enjoy at Red Gum Bed and Breakfast each morning. Outside dining with our valley and water views. A missed opportunity 60 years old. The town planner of the 1950’s at least planned the town centre around a generous park and had the foresight to plant the trees that create a beautiful shady rest and eating area.
Coming up is the now annual ‘Whistle Stop High Tea’ bike ride on the High Country Rail Trail from Huon Reserve to Tallangatta and back again, held this year on SATURDAY 16th MAY. There are three stops on the ride: first fruit at Sandy Creek bridge; then hot dainties at Tallangatta; to finish on the return, delicate bite size cakes, sandwiches, tea and coffee at the Sandy Creek bridge. 24 kms altogether along the edge of the lake, valley and farm lands. Go to the the High Country Rail Trail web page for details.
We had the Noisy Friar bird invasion and now it is the time of the parrots – King Parrots, Eastern Rosella and others – a much quieter bird but still very talkative. I just love them for their colour and friendliness and they figure on my tea cosies often.- firstname.lastname@example.org They are so brazen landing on the terrace rail to have a drink and shower in the fountain. The red gums are budding up ready for their later flowering period so I expect there is lots to eat.
They do create a very large problem for me as they are continually flying into my large windows with various results – some just don’t get up again – some seem to have no ill effects at all – some shake their heads, sit calmly for a moment or two and then fly away – one yesterday managed to get onto a branch in the redgum and just sat there for hours occasionally rocking but mostly just stunned, motionless. It was not on the ground in the morning so I assume it lived to fly again.
I have tried closing the curtains, not washing the windows, leaving the screen doors ajar, and now hanging paper spirals inside that rotate. I would say at least four hits happen every day but often even more… brings to mind the film thriller ‘The Birds’ So any suggestions on how to stop them?
On the Bed and Breakfast front I have met some really lovely and interesting people using my accommodation and I am getting great feedback. Here are some comments – “Tallangatta Treasure”, “great alternative to a motel”, “perfect”, “magic view”, “what a great place to live”.
We are very spoilt in Tallangatta with the hills around us, Lake Hume (when it has water), the bird life when the water recedes and the peace of not having hundreds of tourist just a nice manageable amount of visitors. I was in Beechworth last weekend and it was so crowded, waiting lines for food, impossible to get a park in the main street. The tourist dollar is golden but there is a price to pay for it.
Date to remember: 16th May ‘High Tea’ on the High Country Rail Trail as part of the Harvest Festival, more details to come.
This week has been a tale of three Queensland groups. My first guests were an old uni mate and her husband. She sat down on my deck and made me the most exquisite basket from plants in my garden – wisteria, iris, ferns, gum nuts, kangaroo paws and others. Very hard to photograph.
My second Qld guests (BnB) were a family with two young lads one a very keen fisherman – so out of the car came our young fisherman and said ‘hello Beth’ – (won my heart immediately) and wanted to know what fish could be caught – I reeled of the possibilities and lastly mentioned the Murray Cod in the context of ‘if you are really lucky you might catch a Murray Cod and make the locals jealous’. That night no luck but undeterred our young fisherman was up a 7.30 am and down in the favourite fishing spot below the BnB and yes he caught a Murray Cod. His secret -a cloudy day, much enthusiasm and a spinner.
My last Queenslanders when booking said they wanted to use the barbecue and would bring extra for me. So I fired up the habashi, made the salads and we spent a lovely evening chatting and enjoying the water view.
The BnB is turning out to be a most enjoyable experience.
The Noisy Friar birds have moved on. Our local birds are no longer being tormented and the the town has returned to its quiet and peaceful self.
Last time I worked in the hospitality industry was when I was 18 and I spent a large amount of time each day washing dishes at the Sorento pub for very little money, no tips but lots of fun at the end of the night with my fellow live-in student workers. That’s another job replaced by technology!
My latest hospitality venture has proved more successful than I imagined. I expected a couple of weekends a month to be booked. Weekdays never. I got it so wrong.
My guests have been from all states except for WA and NT so far.
Visiting elderly parents
Elderly parents celebrating 50+ years of marriage
Contract workers in Tallangatta for a job for 3 – 5 days
Tourists taking the scenic routes from Canberra, Gippsland, South Coast NSW and Sydney.
Bike riders on the HCRT desperate for a bed (I lent my RV as my room was booked, as was every other bed in town was, this has happened twice!)
Wedding guests and so on…..
The best part of this whole exercise has been meeting such lovely, friendly people, many of whom go out of their way to say thank you and goodbye This side of the experience I did not expect but am very grateful for.
You know spring is here when the bottle brushes are flowering and the Noisy Friar birds descend on the town. They never stop chattering to one another. As far as I can see one bottlebrush is exactly the same as the other so what is there to chatter about.
This is the most beautiful time in Tallangatta. There are people swimming and having picnics, you can feel summer coming. The Lake is looking beautiful though not full and fishermen are out in boats as well as fishing from the shore.
Our next big event is the fifty’s festival – 24th -26th October. Rock and Roll music, 50’s cars and the local shops dress up their windows with items from the era. I’m a product of the 60s and 70s long-hair, beads and Beatles, but my house was moved from Old Tallangatta and rebuilt with bedrooms added in the fifties so it’s great to relive that period of our towns history. In another part of Queen Elizabeth Drive, the other half of my house lives. It used to be a boarding house in the old town but got split into two houses in the move.
Follow the link below to find out about the weekend