Distance: 358 km
It was another long drive today. With the weather further south near Phillip Island looking less than promising for the rest of the week it was decided to go west and try Lake Boga in the Swan Hill area near the NSW border.
The weather at first was grey and cloudy with light rain falling occasionally. We were travelling along C roads apart from a brief stint on the Hume near Glenrowan so there were limited opportunities to stop. It was not until a small town of Gunbower that we stopped for lunch, it is probably a town of 500 people but they provided a nice enough park to stop and eat next to the creek.
We have stayed at Lake Boga a few years ago when we first visited the Art Silo Trail. The sky was clear blue when we arrived and it was warm if a little windy, the park owner said that yesterday the lake had white caps because of the wind.
Was quite happy once the camper was set up to sit in the shade and read a book. The view across the lake is always relaxing.
Distance: 443 km
A Spring trip to south of the border. No precise plans other than a visit to Phillip Island and Ballarat.
After a couple of day spent in Canberra visiting family headed off on a fairly long drive to Myrtleford in Victoria mostly along the Hume Highway.
Stopped at Holbrook for lunch and the obligatory look at their submarine.
Crossed the Murray into Victoria about four hours after leaving Canberra.
Arrived in Myrtleford at about 3.30pm and discovered the caravan park was only a few hundred metres from the town centre. Also for the first (and probably last) time had an ensuite site with its own toilet and shower. It was actually a very nice quiet park.
Went for a walk to look at the town followed signs to a memorial but only found a horse trough.
It is definitely not warm, I think the maximum temperature today was about 19C. If this keeps up it will be a very short trip.
9th March 2019
Set off about 9am, like yesterday not an inspiring drive being mostly on the 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.
Afterwards wandered up to the submarine just to stretch the legs.
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.
Distance Travelled: 3237km
Average Park cost: $29.10
8th March 2019
Not an exciting day – making the way back home. A lot of the journey was driving on the Hume Highway.
Booked in at Shepparton’s Lake Victoria Holiday Park.
Walked beside the Goulburn River and Lake Victoria in the evening.
6th March 2019
Time to leave Mount Gambier, it is a town I like very much but time to move on to The Great Ocean Road.
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
Unfortunately one of the arches collapsed a few years ago.
The weather was really cold with a strong southerly wind reducing the temperature to an apparent 7’C. It just never let up.
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.
2nd March 2019
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.
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.
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.
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
1st March 2019
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.
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.
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).