Mt Stirling

Mt Stirling  is located in the Victorian Alps of the Great Dividing Range in Australia. It has an elevation of 1,749 meters above sea level and is the second highest peak in the Buller-Howitt Region of the High Country in Victoria, the tallest being Mt Buller at 1,805 meters. The mountain is named in honour of James Stirling (1852-1909), a surveyor and later the geologist for the Victorian Government. The mountain offers back-country and cross-country skiing during winter. It is also a popular hiking, mountain biking and horse riding destination during the non-winter months.

Mt Stirling Sunset PanoramaStirling Sunset  Mt Stirling at sunset in early spring where the snow has begun to melt over the rocks on the false summit. The ski slopes of Mt Buller can be seen in the background, further left of the setting sun. In between the summit and the false summit, from where this photograph was taken, at the center of the picture a snow gum stands alone. Further away on the right in the far Cobbler Plateau and the peaks of Mt Speculation, Mt Howitt and Mt Magdala can be seen soaking in the very last rays of the sun for the day.

The lonely Snow GumThe lonely Snowgum At about 1725 meters above sea level, well above the tree line, stands this lonely Snow Gum close to the summit of Mt Stirling. The solitary Eucalyptus pauciflora is estimated to be around 485 years old. The snow gums are amongst the hardiest of all eucalyptus species, surviving the harsh winter temperatures of the Australian Alps.

A humble mountain homeMountain Home  Camp site at Mt Stirling in mid winter. A jet trail can be seen in the blue skies of the picture. When visiting these mountain ranges, on days when the skies are clear, one can often spot jets flying above, as the Melbourne-Sydney air corridor which is the worlds second busiest air corridor lies directly above.

Stirling GreyStirling Grey  Grey skies on Mt Stirling. The “lonely” snow gum has company!

Moon rise by the lonely snow gumStirling Moonrise  A full moon rises over the rocks on Mt Stirling, at about half past eight on a summer’s night. Also the planet Jupiter and a few stars can be seen in the night sky.

Rock and the sunsetStirling at Dusk  A few boulders on the grassy meadow at Mt Stirling at dusk on a summer’s evening.