High Country / Travel

The high country: setting the scene in Euroa (pt 1)

Mum and I had a mother-daughter trip up to Beechworth and Bright last weekend (well, Thursday to Monday) and I had so much fun I’m already blogging about it! All of my draft posts that have been sitting there for ages just got offended, but it can’t be helped.

We set off relatively bright and early – okay, not really early, 10am – and by lunchtime had timed ourselves perfectly to take a quick bypass off the Hume to the town of Euroa.

Albert's Cafe Euroa coffees

Coffees in progress

Like a lot of country towns Euroa has a wide main street and Victorian shopfronts, but a surprise was the number and quality of second hand bookshops! You MUST visit them, particularly the one run by friends of the Euroa library.

Oh my lor’ there are a lot of well organised books in there, friendly volunteers, lovely tunes and three paperbacks for $2! I have a secret open love of detective novels and found a Dorothy L Sayers AND a Ngaio Marsh that I hadn’t read in the paperback shelves. Plus we were offered free limes from the basket if we wanted some. Re-Co-MMEND.

Albert's Cafe Euroa

Chicken, zucchini and haloumi fritters with tsatsiki & salad

There were a choice of good looking cafes for lunch but we chose Alberts Cafe on the strength of the Urbanspoon reviews and were very pleased we did. We shared both light lunch dishes. One was vegetarian (arancini) and one was chicken (fritters) but both were delicious. Service was super friendly too. The cafe was full when we got there right on lunchtime, so we sat outside, but it was one of those ‘first days of spring’ where this was definitely a pleasure.

Albert's Cafe Euroa

Silverbeet, leek and mozzarella arancini with aioli

Alberts Cafe on Urbanspoon

Readers, we made a quick detour to Glenrowan on the way to Beechworth:

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And we resume normal transmission. The motel we stayed in in Beechworth was called Beechworth on Bridge. It’s a little way out of town, up on the hill as you come in to Beechworth and across the gorge from the main drag. Still within walking distance, but we never could be bothered so we drove down all the time. (Walking THERE would have been fine, coming back would have been up the hill!)

The room was awesome – it had an Aldi coffee machine, the owners left us pods to use in it AND a packet of wagon wheels to eat AND we got free breakfast both days we stayed. You could choose continental or cooked, but as if we weren’t going to ask for poached eggs and bacon? And it was simple, but delicious! The only downside to the free breakfast is that it set us up so well for the day that we struggled to get hungry for lunch!

Beechworth on bridge

Our very nice room at Beechworth on Bridge motel

Beechworth on bridge

This is the most stunning motel breakfast I’ve ever had. Yolk shot!

I’ll just leave you with three gratuitous shots of Beechworth now, all taken on my iphone – well, I guess all these photos are actually – and get ready for what we ate next time!

Beechworth gorge

Beechworth gorge

Beechworth wildflowers

Beechworth wildflowers

Beechworth main drag

Beechworth main drag

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6 thoughts on “The high country: setting the scene in Euroa (pt 1)

  1. Pingback: The high country: eating out in Beechworth (pt 2) | Fresh Bread

  2. Hi, it’s Tania from Alberts cafe, thank you so much for your lovely write up on our cafe, we loved reading about your adventures to the high country and were so glad we played a small part in your trip away. Look forward to seeing you one day soon kindest regards tan, John and all the Alberts team :-))

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