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.
5th March 2019
The weather was forecast to be showery and so it was but only brief showers of a few minutes interspersed with sunshine.
Drove the 25km to Port MacDonnell (the southernmost town in South Australia) and paid a visit to the Tourist information office which was also the local library and Maritime Museum.
Opposite were some large murals.
The museum was quite interesting showing the local history but as a maritime museum it was a bit tedious being a history of ship wrecks along the coast including one which resulted in 89 deaths
Next door to the museum was the old Customs House with a German WWII mine in the courtyard – the Germans mined the sea route from Adelaide to Melbourne.
Next visit was to the site of the old lighthouse with its spectacular coastal views.
Had intended to drive along the coast but the road suddenly ended and the sat nav showed the route via Mount Gambier which seemed a bit of a waste of time.
Stopped at Mount Schank one of the many local extinct volcanos, there was a path to the rim. It was pretty steep but the views made it worth the effort.
Funny thing was that the sound of a herd of cows a few kms away sounded as if it was next door.
Returned to the caravan park after topping up with fuel and doing a bit of shopping.
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