After thought ---
We travelled almost 10,000 klms
Exactly 9,968 from Margate to Margate
4 August 2017
Just had a text from Rach asking " how we are going?"
Good. Will be in Melbourne tonight. At present driving through some cloud and rain towards Mansfield on the C521 in the Central Highlands. Love and hugs to all.
It's 4degrees outside at 10.30am, just come past some workmen trimming trees bbrrrr.
We noticed at the beginning of this road it was a danger for motorcycles - they would have a field day, it's very windy.
It's a great experience driving through here with the weather how it is - just like last night staying with Gentle Annie. Although we were directed to a grassy site, it was pretty wet and muddy.
This camping would be a piece of cake in fine weather all the time !
Tolmie - position vacant. A For Sale sign up at the store.
Sighted a few kangaroos.
Back on the road again after a morning tea stop (closer to lunch time than m/tea), a bus has passed us going the other way "Ski Express".
Photo - Peppin? lake Bonnie Doon
Picked up the highway before Seymout to Melbourne.
3 August 2017
While in Rutherglen, we visited the Morris Wines cellar door. Very nice tasting of ports and muscats.
Drove on to Chiltern for coffee and rock cakes. Chiltern has lots of old shops with old signs as well as a new one saying " Chiltern needs a doctor / medical clinic".
Paused to see the Historic Lake View house and lake - 11degrees, cloudy, few spots of rain 12.50pm.
Just a little along, quite a hanging display of dead foxes - on road to Beechworth (known for honey ?)
Photos of jail and old buildings including Ned Kelly's vault and a sign with telegraph messages re capture of Ned Kelly.
Turned onto the Great Alpine road to Wangaratta (11klm to go) temperature 7degrees raining.
From Wangaratta travelling through the King River Valley (Food & Wine Region) to Whitfield - still raining 7.5degrres at 4pm.
Staying the night at Gentle Annie Caravan & Camping reserve, Whitfield.
A bit cool here tonight, we needed the diesel heating as well as the air conditioner before going to bed.
2 August 2017
Jack Frost left his calling card at Yerong Creek this morning, 2 degrees at 7am.
Fuel stop at Henty.
Craft shop, where I bought the elephant onesie for Nell, and the bakery for morning tea and lunch supplies were supported at Culcairn (very nice cream bun with tasty jam).
A short spell on the M31 to the outskirts of Albury, then on to the Riverina Way to Howlong for a bite of lunch (scored a dump point as well).
At Corowa crossed the Murray River into Victoria.
Rutherglen - staying the night at the caravan and tourist park.
Photos at sunset.
The caretaker of the camping ground beside the bowling club at Yerong Creek said "there are a lot of caravans etc that come off the boat from Tassie who make a beeline for Yerong Creek campsite for their first night".
1 August 2017
Cowra to Young on the Olympic Highway at 9.26 temp 7.5C.
Very grey, low cloud mist fog - a cold morning look!
Temperature 5 degrees at Young - a cherry town.
Shopping and morning tea ($12 for 2 large flat whites and a raspberry muffin - good value)
Bought Laura's birthday present - a wraparound grey bracelet and a simple grey leather necklace.
Back on the road, Olympic Highway. Cootamundra next stop. The town of Wombat in this area (remembered from researching mum's family tree).
Weather improved, sunny 11 degrees 12.15pm.
Lunch in the van before Junee. Continued to drive through Wagga Wagga and onto a small place called Yerong Creek which has a recommended camping ground. $15 for the night paid to the caretaker who called by (he's also the mower (since 1962), maybe jack of all trades as well, of the ground).
He also said it's Wattle Day, 1st August.
Pete cooked sausages and potatoes on the bbq.
Photos on dusk - flowering gum.
31 July 2017
We liked Mudgee and surrounding area.
On the road again.......
Lake Windamere - photos from van.
Taking the tourist route to Bathurst turning off before Ilford.
Sofala an old historic town. I walked along the street taking photos. On Pete's suggestion I bought some books from the bookstore - History of Henry Lawson and Punto Griogo embroidery (both $1 but I only had 80cents in my purse for the last book) together with a history of the area and a book about fossicking.
The weather has started raining and become colder so we paused for morning tea to warm up.
Spotted kangaroos on the hill as we were pulling out.
Constantly using windscreen wipers, 7 degrees outside close to Bathurst at 1.10pm.
Now travelling on the Mid Western Highway to Cowra.
Blayney was the spot for buying lunch from a bakery on this cold wet day. Stopped at the wind viewing platform just out of town to eat.
For $20 a spot at the Cowra Showground gave us our night possie.(the banded cattle were penned across the road)
30 July 2017
Turned off the Golden Highway to head south for Mudgee.
Another 75klms to finish the day.
Country changed - red soil, not as much cleared, dryer, lots of road kill including 4 wombats. Went past Moolarben Coal.
Mudgee showground for the night after 441kms.
Out for dinner at the Lawson Park hotel - slow cooked lamb shoulder and roast veges - yum.
Left Camp Elim at 9am through Bootie Bootie National Park on way to Bulahdelah - leaving the coast for the inland trek to Melbourne. Photos taken of Tarbuck Bay travelling on The Lakes Way 6. Travelled along the coast to Smith's Lake and Bungwahl before turning west. Through part of the Myall Lakes National Park where the tallest tree in NSW grows. A most enjoyable scenic route.
Back along the Pacific Highway towards Raymond Terrace. Took the B68 briefly then the M15 west towards Maitland, Singleton and the Hunter Valley region.
Morning tea at Branxton rest spot along highway.
Denman fork taken -the Golden Highway. Sights - Wambo Coal Colliery, railway line, a few wallaby carcasses beside road.
At Jerry Plains a large herd of Friesian cows close by.
Photos taken from "Mayland" property entrance.
Lunch stop at Battery Rock rest area - photos.
Area known for horse studs and wineries.
Scenic country - rolling hills, inland plains - secondary road, very bumpy bouncey.
29 July 2017
On leaving Kendall I popped into Purlwise a knitting and crochet shop that has taken up residence on the old butchers shop. Purchased woolen sock yarn, pattern and stitch markers. Beautiful wool........
Laura's birthday today.
Checked out the craft at the old train station where I got a new patterned tissue cover which we will give Laura - I'll take a photo first so that I can make some.
At Taree we had lunch and then spent the remainder of a gift voucher from UCCC on a Sunbeam slow cooker, a Russel Hobbs stick blender, a couple of DVD's and some undies.
Decided to go to Camp Elim south of Forster for our overnight stay where we took a walk down to Wallis lake's edge at sunset.
28 July 2017
On to Grafton through more roadworks, beside sugarcane fields and the Clarence River.
Stopped at the small town of Ulmarra before Grafton for coffee with which I bought a crunchy top mixed berry muffin to share. The handmade shop in town gave me a pleasant browse and where I purchased the hair clip minder for Nell.
Big areas of netted crops before Coffs Harbour.
Early blooming of the bush wattle adding colour to the highway.
Coffs Harbour - sandwich in the van for lunch.
Fuel stop at Port Macquarie - onto Kendall stopping at the showground overnight. Good spot costing $10 pp power and water, an oval football field, gym and men's shed.
Age is like a video game - 70 means you have reached level 70 !!
27 July 2017
A Braminey kite was spotted on the side of the road soon after leaving Canungra camping ground.
Phone call to Sandra Kassulke revealed her, Paul and Azia are in Melbourne visiting family - no stop at Casuarina.
Mount Warning viewed.
Chinderah and Brunswick Heads valleys picturesque.
Helena tunnel part of journey.
Into Ballina for lunch with a view of the water and sandbanks with pelican resting.
Ice-cream suggestion was acted on.
Onto Yamba to stay with Tammy.