Mount Buller Getaway

January 4, 2012

How was everyone’s New Years Eve? I hope you all snagged a little time for fun with loved ones.

Ben and I were lucky enough to spend the long weekend at Mount Buller with my girlfriend and her man – he has an apartment up there, and it turned out to be the perfect spot for a mini getaway. How lucky are we?

Three days and three nights of nothing but chilling out with friends, beautiful views, reading, hiking, cooking, watching movies and fashioning helmets out of watermelons.

It was completely wonderful and completely what I was craving. Thanks George and Alex, you’re beyond amazing.


Is there anything better than waking up in the morning and straight away diving into a cup of tea and a book? I don’t think so.

Saturday morning. Yoghurt, Rolled Oats, Banana. The Snowman. George and Alex have both read this book, and so I was keenly exclaiming details to them whenever anything juicy happened. Book obsessions are such fun to share.

Walking up to the Summit.

Many people believe George and I to be twins, or at the very least, Sisters. Teachers would always mix us up and we’d be sent home with the other’s report cards. We’ve known each other since we were babies. She’s one of my bridesmaids and, well, she’s pretty fantastic.

It may be my recent obsession with BBC adaptations of Jane Austen novels, but I truly felt like I was strolling the English countryside in 1795 – getting, as they say, some ever so beneficial exercise. Except whilst wearing leggings. Not quite 1795 attire.

We went on two hikes during our stay. Neither too strenuous for an outstanding length of time, yet always beautiful.

Saturday Afternoon. Never wanting to leave this spot.

New Years Eve Celebrations.

Learning how to play Big 2. Often losing, sometimes winning, always competitive.

Vita-Weat Crackers, Smoked Almonds, Chicnuts.


BBQ. Salad with Goats Cheese, Corn on the cob, Mushrooms, Salt and Vinegar Potatoes and Sweet Potatoes, as well as butterflied Lamb.

Did you know it’s good luck to make Watermelon Helmets on New Years Eve?

True story.

But maybe don’t look that up.


New Years Day.

Potato Rosti, Scrambled Eggs and Avocado. A sign of good things to come in 2012? Why, yes, I believe so.

Picnicing by the River. Stream? Creek. No, river.

Slippery rocks, a fairly strong current, a rock throwing contest (George won) and completely divine, cooling water. Bliss? Yes, bliss.

Salad Sandwich: avocado, cucumber, tomato, spinach leaves, leftover sweet potato rounds and goats cheese. On Multigrain.

And my book. Naturally.

Back at the apartment, all that watermelon was put to great use. A Watermelon, Vodka, Mint Cocktail with a touch of Ginger Beer. Bravo, Alex.

Plus some Gin-Spiked, Mint-Dressed Watermelon Cubes. Too cute.

Dinner. Pasta with Tomato, Garlic, Basil and Mascarpone Sauce. Red Wine. Happy.

Drunken, Caramelised Banana with Chocolate Liqueur and Mascarpone. A random kitchen experiment due to George’s sweet craving.

Movie. Bed. Sleep. Slumber. Rest.


Milk run in the morning.

Breakfast on the balcony. Yogurt, Rolled Oats, Watermelon. Never ending watermelon.


I could stay here forever.

But alas…

I was lured to the car and away from the magical mountain by the promise of a Frosty Fruit.

Lunch. Moroccan Lamb Pie in Yarck on the way home. The Tea Rooms in Yarck are supposed to be excellent, just FYI.



. Swimming in the sea. My skin was given that rejuvenating salt-kissed bath it so craved. Summer. 2012. An incredible start to the year. Excitement.

Heidi xo
  • Miss T January 4, 2012 at 7:04 am

    Its funny how people dont think to go to the snowfields in summer. I am now convinced. And Yarck is on the cards too.

  • Lisa (bakebikeblog) January 4, 2012 at 8:22 am

    so much wonderful in this post!!!!

  • Heavenly Ingredients January 4, 2012 at 8:29 am

    Funny seeing Buller without the snow! I've only been once but have fond memories of it, especially the gums poking out of the snow. A novelty for me having grown up overseas.
    Wishing you a wonderful year ahead Heidi

  • hollypop January 4, 2012 at 9:18 am

    how was the caramelised banana?
    i want to make those salt and vinegar potatoes. have a feeling my boy will go nanas for them.
    the watermelon gin mint needs to get in my belly.

  • Mushroom Enthusiast January 4, 2012 at 9:43 am

    makes me want to head off right now… Loved the bit about the watermelon helmets – I'm sure I can convince the kids.

  • Heidi January 4, 2012 at 10:48 am

    Miss T – wonderful! Yes it's fabulous, the perfect little getaway. The scenery is just gorgeous.

    Lisa – thanks!

    Heavenly Ingredients – thank you πŸ™‚ you too! & I would love to see soft, powdery snow again. I saw it once overseas in Prague – how magical!

    Holly – haha, the watermelon was great. I am so so so obsessed with those potatoes, yes do make them stat! the banana was good but I find it's always a winner. Just seared in the pan and sprinkled with brown sugar (not even necessary though). nom.

    Mushroom Enthusiast – hehe hope so, thanks!

    Heidi xo

  • Indie.Tea January 4, 2012 at 11:05 am

    Looks like a lovely getaway.
    Hope you have a lovely 2012 πŸ™‚

  • Michelle Chin January 4, 2012 at 12:25 pm

    Mt bullers looks so beautiful…

    and how can he put on the helmet just like that?! 0_0 it's quirky though. πŸ˜€

  • Julia @ Boredom Abounds January 4, 2012 at 12:39 pm

    How awesome is watermelon at the moment? I've been totally addicted in this hot weather!

  • Kath (My Funny Little Life) January 4, 2012 at 12:45 pm

    What a wonderful time you've had! Spending time like that with good friends is such a gift and pleasure! (And you really look like twins!) I love the watermelon helmets! πŸ˜€ As I love BBC JA novel adaptations! And do you know the BBC adaptations of Elizabeth Gaskell's novels? (Northe & South, Wives & Daughters, Cranford?) Those are also wonderful. If you haven't watched them, please do!

  • Hannah January 4, 2012 at 2:14 pm

    Just beautiful, wonderful, perfect, dream-worthy, soul-sustaining, soul-uplifting, magic.


  • Sig January 4, 2012 at 2:31 pm

    Wow what a wonderful mini-getaway. I'd have never thought to head to Buller in the Aummer but it looks fantastic. Those tea rooms sound really good too.

    Watermelon in the Summer is a must. And so are the BBC adaptations of Jane Austen novels (Pride & Prejudice will always have a special place in my heart after yr 10 English :P)

  • Lisa January 4, 2012 at 3:25 pm

    What a perfect getaway! I'm craving all the delicious healthy food you ate as I slowly emerge from the semi diabetic coma brought on by the dessert buffet at my in-laws over the holidays. Mmmm veggies and fruit.

    I hope 2012 continues to be as wonderful as its start appears to have been.

  • Heidi January 4, 2012 at 3:52 pm

    Indie.Tea – thanks, lovely. It was πŸ™‚

    Michelle – it involved lots of crafty knife work πŸ˜‰

    Julia – it refreshes like no other!

    Kath – No, I don't know them!!! Thanks for the recommendation, I'll look it up right now! Fabulous πŸ™‚

    Hannah – thanks, lady πŸ˜€

    Sig – they're the best, aren't they! & yes, Buller is fab in Summer πŸ™‚

    Heidi xo

  • Blithely Unaware January 4, 2012 at 4:29 pm

    I LOVE Buller in the summer/spring, I hope you did the walk up to the summit to watch the sun set. Although every time I get to the top I get scared I'm going to fall off the back of the mountain… it doesn't help that Hamish tells me stories about how he and his mates have skied off the back of the summit in winter before. In the middle of the night. He had a wild youth.

    The only bugger about the one supermarket up there is it's SO $$$ and so limited in stock. Le sigh. That's my only complaint though.

    Apart from that it's bliss.

    It looks like you had an amazing time, I especially love the watermelon helmets. heheheheheee


  • KittyCate January 4, 2012 at 4:30 pm

    I LOL'd so hard at that watermelon helmet!
    Looks like a gorgeous trip, and so much nommy food x

  • Ashley January 4, 2012 at 5:36 pm

    Wow, Mt Buller takes on such a different feel in the summer time. Just gorgeous! πŸ™‚

  • Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella January 4, 2012 at 5:49 pm

    It's lovely there in the Summer too it seems! And LOL at the watermelon helmets. When I read the first reference I had to do a double take. I love that pic with it on!

  • Madeleine January 4, 2012 at 7:27 pm

    sounds like such a good mini holiday! your NYE menu also sounds amazing, as does that watermelon cocktail.

  • Hannah January 4, 2012 at 9:06 pm

    oh what a perfect getaway!! How picturesque your walk looks, I too am obsessed anything Jane Austen & the English countryside πŸ™‚ lots of fresh, delicious food too! p.s. loved reading all your comments xx

  • Heidi January 5, 2012 at 6:49 am

    Blithely Unaware – hehe thanks πŸ™‚ & lol, Hamish is mad!! Yes the supermarket isn't huge. We did a big shop beforehand πŸ˜‰

    Cate – hehehe glad to provide some laughs πŸ™‚

    Ashley – I can't seem to picture it at Winter!

    Lorraine – me to hehe πŸ™‚

    Madeleine – so refreshing!! thanks!

    Hannah – phew haha, overload! πŸ™‚

    Heidi xo

  • Hotly Spiced January 5, 2012 at 8:19 am

    What a great end to 2011 and fabulous start to 2012. I have to confess I have never put a watermelon on my head! The food you enjoyed looked great. I love the sound of the salt and vinegar potatoes – they would have gone so well with the lamb. The weather at Mt Buller looks lovely.

  • The InTolerant Chef January 5, 2012 at 8:34 am

    Lovely way to ease into the new year! Fun, friends and fabulous food! A good book and cup of tea doesn't hurt either πŸ™‚

  • Chopinand @ ChopinandMysaucepan January 5, 2012 at 2:10 pm

    Dear Heidi,

    Wow, Mount Buller in summer! It's true I have never thought about going to the snowfields in summer also partly coz it's too far from Sydney unlike Melbourne. Looks like a great time with good food, wine and company.

    Have a great 2012!!!

  • msihua January 5, 2012 at 6:40 pm

    Hey Ned Melon! Lol.. this holiday of yours is just so up my alley!

  • Heidi January 5, 2012 at 8:44 pm

    Hotly Spiced – you should definitely put a watermelon on your head πŸ˜‰ yes the potatoes were great with the lamb, and the weather was very nice but so hot!!

    InTolerant Chef – no it does not πŸ™‚

    Chopin – thank you, and you too!!

    Msihua – hahaha Ned Melon, love it πŸ™‚

    Heidi xo

  • Agnes January 8, 2012 at 3:31 pm

    Teehee, so gorgeous! I think every new year should be brought in with watermelon helmets.

  • Iron Chef Shellie January 18, 2012 at 9:41 pm

    gorgeous! I think I'll have to get away for NYE this year, so over all the hype that you have to do something. This is the kind of think I'd rather do! with all the deliciousness included!

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