Home again.

9th March 2019

Distance: 643km
Fuel: 63L

Set off about 9am, like yesterday not an inspiring drive being mostly on the Hume Highway.

Sheparton to Wollongong - Hume Highway

Stopped at Holbrook for lunch, tried the bakery first but it was packed so crossed the road to a cafe/restaurant and had a very nice lunch.

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Afterwards wandered up to the submarine just to stretch the legs.

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The original plan was to stop overnight at somewhere like Junee but at the turn off for Junee decided to press on for home.

The final stop was at Gundagai at the Dog on the Tuckerbox again just to stretch the legs, it was a long drive, far longer than I like to do these days but eventually arrived home in the late afternoon.

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Trip Summary

Distance Travelled: 3237km
Fuel: 325L
Average Park cost: $29.10

The Route

Great Ocean Road

7th March 2019

Distance: 101.9

After yesterday’s visit to the spectacular sights on the Great Ocean Rd west of Port Campbell, this morning we set off to visit the natural structures on the eastern side of Port Campbell.

Loch Ard Gorge, Broken Head and the Thunder Cave

Don’t know if the Thunder Cave is a new platform but I don’t recall seeing it on a previous visit.

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!2 Apostles

No longer twelve, possibly eight or ten?  but the area was packed with people – I don’t remember this from a previous visit. It is starting to get like the Blue Mountains attractions – something to be avoided.

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Kept travelling east with the intention of having lunch at Lavers Hill but found the local cafe in the middle of a power cut. Fortunately they still had hot pies but obviously no coffee or hot drinks.

Laver Hill

Returned to Port Campbell and walked up the ‘Discovery Walk’ on the other side of the creek. It actually was worth the stairs with good views over the town.

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Port Campbell

6th March 2019

Distance: 258km

Time to leave Mount Gambier, it is a town I like very much but time to move on to The Great Ocean Road.

Mt Gambier to Port Campbell

Pretty uneventful drive cutting across country and avoiding major towns (such as there are) until reaching the Great Ocean Road where we periodically stopped to enjoy the views.

Bay of Islands

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The Grotto

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London Bridge

Unfortunately one of the arches collapsed a few years ago.

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The Arch

The weather was really cold with a strong southerly wind reducing the temperature to an apparent 7’C. It just never let up.

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We arrived at Port Campbell checked in and set up camp the wind was still bitterly cold making the 15’C seem like 7’C according to BOM.

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The Grampians

2nd March 2019

Distance: 164km
Fuel: 18L

Despite an almost empty park we crammed ourselves right up against a vacant cabin to take advantage of the shade it offered during the hottest part of the day. The advantage was that in the morning the sun warmed the camp up.

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After having a shower, breakfast, coffee and all the basic necessities of life it was time for a visit to the Grampians. It is a Saturday so expected more visitor traffic than there actually turned out to be.

There was a sharp contrast between the plains and the mountains, no gradual rise, one minute you were driving along flat roads, the next climbing on narrow winding  mountain roads.

The scenery was pretty spectacular.

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While the route and lookouts were uncrowded Halls Gap (just visible in the last photo), the town in the centre of the area, was packed with cars and people. I had intended to stop there for a meal but parking seemed at a premium and it was pretty crowded so we moved on.

On the way back to Horsham there was a ‘Giant Koala’’ at Dadswells Bridge. For a ‘Big’ thing the Koala wasn’t bad but the cafe and gift shop had a slghtly run down feel about it but there is nothing quite like an over priced cup of tea and a ham sandwich in such surroundings.

Giant Koala Dadswells Bridge

By mid afternoon the temperature had risen to 40’C but there was a slight breeze which made it slightly more bearable than yesterday however it seemed like a good opportunity to get the laundry done.

After a quick visit to Coles in Horsham for essential supplies the washing was done, on the line and dried within an hour.

Despite the heatwave it was a good day out

Arty Silos and a Pink Lake

1st March 2019

Distance: 453km
Fuel: 45L

Taking the scenic route rather than a direct route to Horsham today to take in three new paintings on the Silo Art Trail. We had visited the original paintings at Patchewollock, Brim and Sheep Hills but now there are new ones at Lascelles, Rosebery and Rupanyup.

The road took us west  through Sea Lake before turning south. The temperature today was 40Ç, it was a very dry heat but hard going out of the air conditioned comfort of the car.

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My TomTom satnav found some interesting cross country short cuts which involved a few single lane roads, When I first came to Australia in the 1960s these were a step up from the more common dirt road but they are getting rarer now.

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We arrived at Wimmera Lakes Caravan Resort at about 2pm, checked in for a couple of days, quickly set up camp and went into Horsham to visit the Tourist information Office. A helpful lady there told us all about the Grampians National Park which was our plan for tomorrow.

We decided to visit Pink Lake as it was only half an hour’s drive away. It was less than overwhelming as it was almost completely dry so just a salt pan. A pink tinge was slightly visible but that was about it. Walked on the salt and found a spot with what looked like bright pink dye (at least someone was trying to enhance the experience).

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Down to Victoria

27th and 28th February 2019

Wednesday

Distance: 428km
Fuel: 42L

A quick trip to the Grampians and beyond.

After a fairly long drive spent the first night at a Wagaa Wagga caravan park with the most run down facilities I have come across, definitely one to avoid in future.

Airport Tourist Park Forest Hill

Thursday

Distance: 381km
Fuel: 40L

On the way stopped at Deniliquin, a town I have always liked.

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Entered the Sunrasia Quarantine area where we dutifully tried to eat the remaining bananas before disposing of them in the bin.

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Originally had planned to stay at Barham in NSW but drove the extra 25km to Kerang just across the border in Victoria. Again the facilities not the best but much better than the previous night. Seem to have picked parks that have their best days behind them. This one was situated on the Kerang River and despite this I would visit again, it wasn’t that bad. .

In the evening went for  walk to the town centre which was only 500 metres away.

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