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Hi all Just a quick note to say that we are home back in Tassie and settling into the house unpacking and getting back to the “norm”. before we boarded the sprit of Tasmania we spent our last nights camping on the side of a creek not to far from Benalla Vic, and just relaxed reminiscing about all the great places and people we have met along the way on our trip around Australia. we stopped and had a wonder around Genrowan before getting to our camp spot, we had been there before and looked at the “Ned Kelly” attractions. we found a peaceful spot on the side of the river just outside of Benalla about 10 klm out and set up camp for 3 days just relaxing and contemplating the tasks ahead of us for when we got home. So to end this chapter of our lives, both Robyn and Myself would like to thank all the wonderful people we have met along the way and to those that have followed our trip through this website and left all the encouraging posts, I hope and know we will see some of you again, take care, safe travels and keep on smiling. until we meet again………… GOODBYE from the “CONGO”S” 🙂 🙂...

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Bright (16th Aug)

Hello again we have spent a nice couple of weeks taking in all the sights, walks and bike rides in and around Bright, Myrtleford, Mt Hotham, Dinner plain and Falls Creek, these are great places to not only visit but could easily relocate too, we started of with hiring some snow chains and going up to Falls creek Village and having a look around. We didn’t do any skiing while there but took advantage of the lifts around the Village, it was quite a laugh watching us getting off those chair lift with no skis 🙂 We spent the day there and had a great time in the sun and the snow. the next couple of days was riding around the many tracks and bike paths in and around Bright and Myrtleford we also went on quite a few walks. We thought it was time for Jock to experience some snow under his paw’s so we hired some snow chains and took a drive to Mt Hotham and Dinner Plains, I was surprised how much he did like the snow he just went berserk running around in it. We have seen a lot of snow and some very cold mornings and days, as cold as -5 in the mornings glad we have good heating in the caravan, after all the snow we decided on taking in some more walks and there is plenty here, below are some just out of bright in the old gold digging mines where many Chinese came looking for the precious metal. after spending 2 weeks around this area we have moved on to Albury where we have booked in to a caravan park right on Lake Hume, its a great spot on the waters edge and not too far from Albury we are here for a week before going to Ned Kelly’s country and then on the Ship back to Tassie next week, we having to go back early because of problems with the House that no one seems to be able to fix I Guess that’s why they call them selves professionals Ha Ha Oh well lesson learnt We will never rent our home again we will “Sell” next time we hit the road, enough ranting, Had a...

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Murray River (30th July)

      we have had a good couple of weeks following the Murray river from mildura to Wodonga , first we had at look at some of my old fruit picking camps near Nangiloc and Robinvale, we did try to get on the river to camp there but the weather was wet and most of the camping spots on the Murray are dry weather only when towing a van, so we decided on Nyah camp ground which was just behind the football grounds along side the Murray, it was so nice there we stay for a week having a good look around the surrounding towns, taking in some good walks and bike rides.   There was heavy fog, cold and frosty mornings most of the days there. from spending a relaxing week at Nyah we then followed the river taking in the towns Swan hill, Kerang, Cohuna, Echuca and along the way, our next stop was Shepparton this is where Robyn and I first met, only briefly 24 years ago, we stayed at the lake side caravan park and explored Tatura, Mooroopna, Rushworth, and Shepparton, Shepparton has really grown since we were last there about 15 years ago I would say doubled and well spread out, where there was pear orchards there is now bunnings and such. we left Shepparton and went back to the Murray river, Cobram, Yarrawonga having a walk round some of the markets, and camped a few nights along side the river in many great camps until we reached Wodonga where we turned south through Beechworth, Murtleford until we reached our destination, the riverside caravan park. since being at the park which is at the bottom of Mt Buffalo we explored the mountain and the snow fields having fun playing in the white stuff. This is an amazing place with much to offer great walks, waterfalls and rivers to explore, it was 20 years ago I asked Robyn to “marry” me in this very caravan park when we were here picking apples all those years ago. so until the next post take care safe travels...

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Broken Hill (15th July)

Hello again its been great couple of weeks since leaving Coober Pedy and Lake Hart, our first stop was not too far down the road to Woomera a rocket research and testing facility which in its peak was firing many short and long range rockets from 1947 to about 1972 , the town of Woomera has a military feel to it with a very good outside display of the rockets they fired. well worth a visit and we spent most of the day having a look around the base and in the museums. From Woomera we drove straight through to Whyalla to catch up with some friends, Dave, Donna and Oscar the dog it was great to catch up as it had been 6 months since we were together, Dave and Donna were the two that helped us out when we had the trouble with the Pajero and it was good to get together and have a few drinks and some great meals (thanks again for the lamb roast 🙂 ) we spent 3 days with them and told some interesting stories from the past 6 months, Dave and Donna went the other way to us heading east and up to north Queensland before coming back to Whyalla thanks for the good times guy’s and we will see you next year for the desert trip we are going on. from leaving whyalla it was up to Broken Hill where we will stay for a week to check out Silverton and some more Mad Max, We decided to stay at the race course camping grounds just outside of Broken Hill for 25.00 per night, a nice quiet stop with grass and tidy amenities well worth the 25.00 and took in the sights of Broken hill it was a shame that most of the attractions and mine was closed due to safety concerns but we found enough to keep us interested and Robyn got to do some shopping for Jock, he needed a dog coat as he wasn’t used to the cold after spending the last 9 months of summer LOL. the next couple of day’s was to get out into the desert and have a look at where mad max and a number of movies...

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Coober Pedy (4th July)

Hello all Finally made it to Coober Pedy, It was windy and very cold when we arrived, looks like the long summer is over for us, we booked into the Stuart Range caravan park for 4 days, a nice park with the amenities looking updated and clean, the only thing I could complain about is the bay’s are very small expected to have two vans in the one site unless like us you park the car next to the van 🙂 we started our visit by taking a tour around Coober Pedy and the first stop was the underground Café for a couple of coffee’s, bad move as soon as we got through the door we were being pressured to buying opal’s and didgeridoo’s of which we bought none, finally got our coffee for a hefty $15.00 “OUCH”, after leaving there it was a look at the sights. these are some shots of the underground churches we visited Then off to the larger than life Mine bucket winch we then went for a self guided tour of the old miners museum which was the high light of our look around town, this was only discovered when the owners of the dugout dug a new room for one of his daughters and came across the original mine from which they found a lot of Opal, this was good value for money and a must see when visiting Coober Pedy. We then went for a 70klm loop drive and had a look at the breakaway’s and dog fence, the Breakaway’s is where Mad Max was filmed and show amazing colours as the sun goes down. from the Breakaway’s the track follow’s the dog fence to Williams creek road and then back to Coober Pedy. There really is some great country around Coober Pedy and will be back to explore some more. After leaving Coober Pedy we headed south and decided to camp at Lake Hart usually a dry salt lake but we found plenty of water in it while there. while we were there in the middle of no where I thought I would try taking a panorama of the milkyway over the caravan as there is no light pollution, this is the result 9 photo’s...

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Uluru (29th June)

      Hi again after a great time in Alice springs it was time to head down and west to the Big rock, we have been looking forward to the Rock and Kings Canyon for quite some time and they didn’t disappoint, I would go as far and say they are the highlight of our trip,  we started up with staying at a free camp about 100klm from the rock, filling up with fuel and the jerry can at Mt Ebenezer where the fuel price was the cheapest $2.00 per/ltr, at Uluru it was $2.21 per/ltr and Kings Canyon $ 2.35 per/ltr. after waking up early and getting on our way to the Resort at Uluru we checked in for 4 days, it is amazing how many caravans were to come and go each day and the busses full of students I counted 12 full coaches one day all having a tent set up at the park, after getting the van set up we were quickly on the way into the National Park that costing $25.00 each for a 3 day pass, first sights to see were the Olga’s about a 100klm return drive from the resort. This was an amazing walk, about 5klm to the second lookout and if you do come to this place I strongly recommend going the full distance, it is a reasonably moderate walk with a few steep parts but the effort is well worth it, I would say that the Olga’s are more spectacular than Uluru after the walk we waited for the sunset to take a few shots. The next day we were off early with the bikes in the Ranger and off to the “Rock”, we had decided to ride around Uluru instead of walking, about 12klm’s around with plenty of off tracks to places of interest it really is an emotional place being an Australian icon and such an unusual feature in the red center and you cant help getting caught up with the special significance the rock has for the indigenous people before we came along, the bike ride was defiantly the way to go if you want to take in the whole rock. After a great day exploring we went back to...

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Alice Springs (22nd June)

          Still driving down the Stuart Hwy we arrived at Alice Springs, we decided to stay at the show grounds just out of town $25.00 a night was a good price, a very roomy park giving lots of room for jock to run around, the first couple of days we spent having a look around town and doing some much needed shopping. we went for a drive up to the lookout and watched the sunset over Alice. after spending time in town we went for a look at the west Macdonnell ranges the first day we left the caravan at the park and travelled to Palm Valley about a 300 klm return trip with some off road driving included, it was good to put the Ranger into 4×4 and see how it would go with the road tires, I was pleasantly surprised on how good the Ranger is off road with some sand driving along the dry river bed and then some rock hopping further into the valley. We went with some new friends we met at the park, Craig, Wendy, Ron and Jenny and had a great day out seeing some beautiful country. As you can see this a must see if visiting the area, after returning the next day we packed the caravan filled the water tanks and went back into the west MacDonnell ranges and camped in the free camp spots, getting up early too explore the gorges first being Ellery water hole. The next one was Ormiston Gorge which was the pick of them all for us, here we went for a good walk up to the lookout and did a 4 klm loop unknown to us at the end of the walk there was only two options 1st was to swim across the water pool which was deep and freezing cold the mornings here are colder than Tassies only 1 degree in the morning and reached a nice 20 by afternoons, the 2nd option was to climb down a rock face which was the choice we made, we were lucky that a couple that went the other way around talked us down it was a very hard climb. After the Ormiston Gorge the next one...

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Central Aus (12th June)

Hi Again from leaving Katherine and the wild helicopter ride we drove just over a hundred klm to Mataranka hot springs for a couple of nights at the homestead and a swim in the hot springs. from the Springs we started our journey south and looking forward to some cooler weather as it has been over 35 degrees for us since last November, our first stop is the Larrimah Pub with the pink panther. and then on to the famous Daly Waters Pub, a must stop over if travelling the Stuart Hwy, I had a couple of VB’s and we had a good look around this historic hotel. After a few pubs we thought it best to find a camp spot for a few days and wanting to get back to some free camping after being in caravan parks for a while, we decided on taking a dirt track for 12 klm to the right just before the town of Elliot, when we arrived at the camp spot we were pleasantly surprised at how nice it was and how much water there was in the lake being on the edge of the Tanami desert, called Longreach waters. As you can see the bird life there was amazing, im guessing because there are such few places with water for the birds in the outback that they congregate in places like this. It was so nice and relaxing there we stayed for 4 days, we packed up again and headed down the sandy track back to the hwy and turned right our destination for the day was a camp called the Pebbles just north of Tennant Creek, we turned down a track and followed it for a couple of klm until we reached an open camp spot snuggled in amongst the rocks called “the pebbles” this is a spiritual meeting place for the Warumungu Aboriginal Women, dancing the Munga Munga Dreaming even though men are aloud to come here the men have to be invited by women. We stayed here for a couple of days because the wind had picked up and we met a couple of new friends named David and Leanne, it was good to have met them as we exchanged stories and had...

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Katherine (1st June)

Hello again we have had a good couple of weeks since leaving Darwin and the Oasis Caravan park, starting off we went to the Pandanus park near Lichfield National park and based ourselves for 5 days while exploring the NP, jock stayed with the van while we went to the NP highlights, first day was a good walk along the river and taking in Buley Rock hole for a swim and the walk to Florence Falls. the second day was a look at the Termite mounds and a couple of walks in the Bush along side the river. the third was just kicking back and enjoying the company of new friends we met at the park, having a few drinks and the usual story swapping, on the 4 day we went to the Tolmer Falls and Wangi Falls we did try to get to the lost city but the track was closed. After spend a lovely time in the Lichfield Np it was time to head of towards Katherine, along the way south we pulled into a little free camp along side another creek and water fall called Robin Falls just out of Adelaide River, it was so nice we decided to stay 3 days and just relax. We didnt want to leave this little camp spot, but there was still so much to see and do with Katherine further south we packed up and said our farewells to all the neighbours and on the road again, we were going straight to Katherine but decided to pull into Hayes Creek road house which had a park out the back, a nice little park with some interesting walks, we were both getting over a flu we picked up so decided to rest up there for a few days. we went for a walk into the Butterfly Gorge and couldn’t believe our eyes, there must have been thousands of butterfly’s just hanging around this little Gorge, i think it is a breading ground for them, with the butterfly’s came the spiders some of the biggest i have ever seen the size of my hand. After a couple of days we were feeling much better and on to Katherine where some friends from Darwin had booked us...

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Darwin (23rd May)

We have finally left WA and into the NT, after spending a nice time at lake Argyle we drove across the border and our first stop for lunch was a parking bay, Saddle Creek where to our surprise was about 15 other caravans doing the same thing so a quick lunch turned into a couple of hours swapping stories and taking notes on where to camp and where not too. after leaving Saddle Creek we drove for another hour and decided to camp the night at Big Horse Creek for the night, a nice camp site but very full of like minded travelers we were lucky to find a spot it was that busy, after setting up it was time for a beer or two with some other campers we met further back in WA so ended up being a late night with a lot of others coming over for chat. after our goodbyes the next morning we headed of driving through some beautiful scenery of red faced gorges and escarpments, this is some of the best scenery we have seen since Broome, we ended up camping at Victoria river for mothers day, so I treated Robyn out for dinner at the station road house which was good value and cheap camping at 14.00 a night. the next days drive took us into Katherine where we stocked up on food and fuel for our trip to Pussy cat Flats, we booked into the camp for a few nights so we could have a look around Pine Creek a gold mining town. the next part of our journey was to visit Darwin so we booked into the Oasis Caravan Park for a week, a nice park with pool and lots of friends for jock, from the caravan park we went out each day and night to see the sights of Darwin, taking in the Museum which at the time had the Cyclone Tracey exhibition showing film and before and after photographs a must see if in Darwin, we had lunch at the marina, took a sunset cruise and dinner around the harbor, jock had a swim on casuarina beach, Humpty doo police station to find a friend of Robyn’s, Howard Springs, the Damoe City walk,...

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Wyndham (10th May)

What an eventful couple of weeks we have had, starting with the drive into the (Bungle Bungle) Purnululu NP, we took turns in looking after a couple of caravans and dog while they went into the NP and when it was our turn they did the same for us, we all camped at spring creek free camp just of the hwy turn off, where we all got to swim in the creek, jock thought this was great as there isn’t many places for him or us to swim because of the crocs (salty’s) It was about 2.5 hours each way on a very windy road with lots of ups and downs and about 13 small creek crossings approx 60 klm each way not too much corrugation just have to take it slow, well worth the drive once you get there. we spent about 3 hours walking around the park taking in the Cathedral Gorge walk and the Domes walk, we would have loved to camp in there the night and do some more of the walks but had to get back to jock. pictures don’t do these magnificent domes and colours justice and sheer size of the NP a must do if you get up here. after spending 3 days at the camp site we packed up and headed to Wyndham to a resort called Parry’s creek farm a beautiful spot right on the creek with hardly anyone else there we had a bar, pool, restaurant and lots of wildlife, we turned off the main road to Wyndham to get there about 6 klm of dirt road, along the way I noticed a lagoon at the bottom of the hill with lots of bird life so I decided to go back there the next two nights just on sunset for some photography. the second night was much more eventful I was taking shots of birds and a scream came out from my right so I quickly looked around only 10 mtrs from me well the photo’s tell the rest of the story. That was one of the most amazing and distressing things I have ever seen, just goes to show the predators are there even if you cant see them, from parry’s farm we...

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Fitzroy Crossing (3rd May)

Hi All Just a quick entry, we left Broome behind us,and looking forward to getting under the stars and do some free camping, our first stop was Ellendale rest area it was a big camping area and all was peaceful with a hand full of fellow caravaners, we were settling in for the evening and then 5 car loads of backpackers rolled in and there went the tranquility 🙁 non of which spoke English and must have been a competition on who could scream the loudest, we put up with this for a few hours and then had to go over and let them know that the third movie of Wolf Creek was about to commence, funny how they all understood that and they went to bed :-). After an eventful night we packed up and drove to Fitzroy Crossing and stayed one night at the Lodge so we could leave Jock at the caravan and go into the Geikie NP. after a nice walk through the NP we took a drive around Fitzroy crossing and a look at the famous Crossing Inn pub. the next day we were on our way again and ended up at Ngumban Cliff camp, its a beautiful spot looking over the escarpment and distant ranges, we liked it here so stayed for a couple of days, with some great light shows and sunsets. then we headed towards spring creek (Bungle Bungle turnoff) and on the way we stopped at little panton river for lunch, while there I took the opportunity to get some bird photography and Robyn and Jock spending a few hours swimming in the creek we are now camped at the Spring creek camping are and spending 4 or 5 days here hopeing to get a jock sitter for jock while we shoot into the bungle bungle NP, and then on to Kununurra for a look at the surrounding NP, Lake Argyle, Wyndham, Elquestro on the Gibb river...

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Broome (26th April)

Hello all we have had a great and relaxing couple of weeks at Broome, the temperature has been in the mid 30’s since being here with no clouds in sight, perfect weather for kicking the feet up, having many a swim with a few coldies to wash all that down :-). Before getting to Broome we stayed a week at Pardoo Station a working beef station just before 80 mile beach it was good to plug into the power get the aircon going and take many a swim in the pool it was about a 26klm dirt track in and out but not too many corrugation’s manly just watched the sunset and enjoy the start of the Kimberly region. After a quiet time at the Station we packed our gear and set off to Broome we set of early as there was about 500klm to drive and didn’t want to book into Broome too late, along the way we pulled into a parking bay for lunch and bumped into Mark, Julie and the kids William and Isaak, we had met them in degray’s camp and then at Pardoo station, so we all had lunch together and a nice cold beer said our good byes and were on our way again we didn’t get far before pulling over to help a stranded couple who flagged us down, seems they had a puncher with no tools or jack to get the wheel off, not too smart being out in the middle of nowhere without that sort of gear, oh well we got them on there way and so we were too. The first couple of days we looked at the shops of Broome (yes Robyn bought some dresses) and arranged to meet with a couple Bill and Rita whom we spent new years eve with them all way the back in SA (Elliston) we met up on the evening the stairway to the moon was happening its a natural spectacle for when the full moon and low tides line up, so we went down to the beach with a bottle of wine set up the camera and wait for the show to begin. It was a fantastic sight and advise anyone going to Broome to make...

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Pilbara (7th April)

      hello again we have finally seen some of the Pilbara and we hope this is just a taste of what’s to come with the Kimberly’s, after leaving Gladstone beach we ventured north to  Carnarvon where we stocked up on groceries, filled with fuel and water and spoiled our selves with a nice chilly pie (we have been on a strict diet for over a month) and boy did it taste “good”.   we then continued north slowly because of the sheep goats and emu’s in this area and pulled up at a free camp just south of coral bay. we cooked up a beautiful meal of fresh fish crumbed with a salad and wine 🙂 while jock was running around with some new friends a whippet and jack Russell, he had a ball, after a good nights sleep we started out towards Coral Bay which was part of the Ningaloo Reef a pretty spot with white sand and turquoise water a nice place to see and swim. then headed towards Exmouth but decided to pull into a dirt track and came across a great free spot to camp right on the beach. We tried our luck with some fishing, but too many bait fish swimming around so settled for drinks and walks along the beach, we stayed at this camp spot for two days as the caravan parks are now charging $50.00 per night 🙁 we dropped the van there and went and had a good look around Exmouth and did some washing and shopping. after a couple of relaxing days on the beach we started north again, we put quite a few klm behind us that day and pulled into a parking bay on the river which was almost dry, unfortunately we had a bit of a wanker annoying us from the second we pulled up and wouldn’t leave us alone for hours, think he has been there for months with nowhere to go. So after little sleep we drove into Karratha and filled the water tanks ($1.00 for 50ltrs) dropped the caravan at the information center and took a drive around Dampier, Hearson Cove no free camping so we decided to drive around to point Samson caravan park, very nice...

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Gascoyne (31st March)

    We have had a good couple of weeks since leaving Jurien Bay slowly we head north and decide to do some cheap camping after spending a few weeks in caravan parks, first stop was a Coronation Beach about 30 klm past Geradton, as you drive down the hill you can see the designated camp spots that run along the beach Im guessing that this place is renown for is wind surfing and kite surfing one bloke who was camped there said he had seen as many as 70 kite surfers on the beach one weekend.   we stayed here for 5 days as it was so relaxing, the beach is nice for long walks and we went swimming every day, while being so close to Geradton, we went in and stocked up on groceries and supplies and had a good look around town, the stand out for me was the museum and the H.M.A.S. Sydney Memorial, I was lucky at the time we visited the museum they had the Australian Geographic photography exhibition so we spent a few hours having a look around and I can defiantly recommend stopping in and having a look, I think it is one of the best museums’ we also had a quick look at the old jail house in Geradton now being use for art and hobby market, some very nice items from miniatures to jewelry, Robyn found some new pants to buy. the next day we went for a drive to port Gregory as a couple of friends Lyn and Bobby told us to go have a look about 70 klm from where we were camped, it was a good drive as we went through a small town with plenty of history called Northampton so we stopped and had a good walk round first stop was the old rail station which commenced in 1874 and closed down in 1957, Northampton is the oldest town after Perth in WA this year being 150 year anniversary along the way after leaving Northampton we came across some old ruins and machinery. we finally got to Port Gregory after many stops along the way and found yet another beautiful beach where we spent the rest of the day lounging around...

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Jurien Bay (21st March)

Hello again I hope your all well, we have spent a couple of weeks in Jurien bay and think its a great place the jetty and beaches are nice and the council have done the shore line very well. after leaving serpentine we drove to a town called lancelin known for its sand dunes and surf. we were driving along heading out of Lancelin and towards Cervantes and saw these amazing sand dunes in the distance so we pulled over and went for walk and I managed to get a couple of nice shots. after a good walk through the sand dunes it was time to set up at the Cervantes caravan park, a nice park, once again right on the beach, the main reason for a stay at Cervantes is for the Pinnacle’s and I planned on getting there late in the afternoon just before the sun went down to take some photo’s. as you can see there amazing large lumps of limestone I think petrified tree forest just sticking up out of the sand quite eerie once the sun went done it felt like being on a different planet. The other highlight of Cervantes is there lobsters at the lobster shack, so we wondered over and I had the lobster salad and chips and robyn the fish and chips. we had a couple of nice days at Cervantes but it was time to move on and we didn’t go far just to Jurien Bay the reason was as that was where I had a doctors appointment so we booked in the caravan park for a week, it would have to be one of our favorite places on the west coast so far. After two weeks at Jurien Bay seeing the doctor and having to go back to Perth for a Specialist im on some good pills and back feeling good again, Robyn has changed our diet and life style with lots of exercise and healthy food, so on our way again and back to the...

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Perth

Hello again from leaving Busselton we have slowly moved north up the west coast staying at the Serpentine caravan park just south of Perth, unfortunately I have had a few set backs health wise and found my self not moving much from the caravan park, my body just started to burn up so poor Robyn has been up most nights throwing ice packs over me with extreme pain in all the joints, so we only went touring one day out of the weeks stay, I have since been to the doctor and had bloods and presently on large amounts of cortisone, bloods have revealed severe Rheumatoid arthritis, (Bummer) we are currently in Jurien bay about 250klm north of Perth and have managed to get an appointment with a Rheumatologists in Perth next Tuesday, so all should be better when I get on the right meds 🙂 it just goes to show if you want to do things in life don’t put them off you just don’t know what’s around the corner, Robyn and my self would like to thank all the wonderful people we have met since being in W.A, so many offers to stay and park our van in there driveways, we cant believe how welcoming the caravaners are and hope too meet you all again. so long story short im feeling much better and with a few life style changes and lots of drugs (and wine) we will be back on our adventures. As mentioned above we went out to Fremantle for the day I was able to get around and went on a tour through the old jail, I definitely recommend this tour so much history and hardship within these walls. as you can see in the photo’s it would have been a hard place to do time, after leaving the jail we went for a walk down to the Fremantle harbour and had some fish and chips and a look around Fremantle, I really like the place it has a good vibe, very cosmopolitan many alfresco cafe’s and historic old buildings I could have stayed for weeks just photographing the buildings. Well that’s about all we got up too in that week, not the best week we have had just...

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Busselton (1st March)

    Just a quick update, we have just left Busselton and what a beautiful town it is, some say its too trendy or set up for the tourist but I found that it has its own identity as a place we could easily live, the town is neat and tidy with great beaches very dog friendly ( we find this lacking in many places) the shopping district is well layed out, lots of walking/biking tracks and the climate is just right most the year round.   We were also lucky enough to have met Ida and John from Albany, they were on there way back from picking up there new caravan from Perth so we all chose to meet at the kookaburra caravan park. We had a nice meal and a few wines and before they left the next morning we had a walk along the jetty it was approx 4 klm there and back so called for a more ice-cream’s when we got back to shore. It was a great stay in Busselton and exploring the nearby towns of Dunsborough and Yallingup, our next stop is Perth and surrounding...

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Margaret River

    We drove all day after our visit to the valley of the giants and our destination is the Alexandra bridge camping ground about 25 klm north of Augusta and 40 klm south of Margaret river, is was an interesting drive through the forests of large trees, the roads were good and traffic was minimal, we arrived at the camping ground around 4.00pm and couldn’t believe how many campers were there so we pulled up and went to find a spot on foot, there wasn’t one so we did an illegal park next to the boat ramp and was lucky that a spot opened up the next day for us. The camping ground is one of the best we have been to, guess that why it’s so popular even out of the school holidays every day we were camped there when one van moved out there was one waiting to get in, set amongst pepper trees and on the bank of the Blackwood River, no mosquitos or fly’s just the sunset march fly’s having a go but not lasting long. After we settled in to our camp spot we inflated the Zodiac and went for a look along the river jock with his life jacket on as he has found that its good fun to jump out while were motoring along seems he has found his swimming legs and cant keep him out. after a couple of day’s relaxing we took a drive to Augusta and had a look at the light house and where the two oceans meet. we spent the day looking around this picturesque town and had some fish and chips on the blackwood river mouth at Augusta. the next couple of day’s we explored some of the Margaret river wineries and produce our favorite was the Knotting Hill estate where we sat and drank a few wines on the balcony looking over the vineyard. We went to a few wineries and had to stop at the chocolate factory for Robyn. We went back to the margaret river area quite a few times as there is so much to see and do, one day we explored the mouth of the river well known for its surfing. We also had a...

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Albany,Denmark,Walpole (12th Feb)

After spending a week at Munglinup Beach we traveled west to meet up with John and Ida in Albany, who were kind enough to let us park the van in their driveway hook up to power and water, Thank you too you both for spending the time to show us your Town and all the sites of Albany and surrounds, we also loved meeting your family. The first day was shopping for a new tablet and some more clothes for Robyn 🙂 and stocking up the fridge and having a few drinks with John and Ida, then we went out for some fish and chips and a tour of Albany at night. The next day we spent taking in some of the sights starting with the “Gap” and Natural Arch just out of Albany. we had a few short walks to the blow holes and around the old whaling station that was decommissioned in the late 1970’s, the coast line and the many bays and islands make Albany a very attractive sailing place with lots of small islands poking there heads up just of the beaches. After some walking around and building up a huge Appetite, John and Ida took us out to tea to the Rustlers steak restaurant where we filled ourselves on great steaks and wine a good night out, we then started early the next day to take in the maritime museum and look at the replica amity sailing ship. Sorry John but i cant help but post this one photo of the BT/50 in a little trouble 🙂 we went out for tea to a great Italian Restaurant that night and enjoyed some great Italian food and wine to top off a great 5 days in Albany, But it was time to move on and thanks for your hospitality and all the trips we went on, if it wasnt for you guy’s we wouldnt have seen half as much as we did 🙂 We didnt go far for our next stop about 60 klm’s west to Denmark and setup camp at the rivermouth caravan park, a quiet park set right along side the river about 2 klm from town with bike tracks all the way following the river. We spent...

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Esperance (1st Feb)

      Hello again, Esperance is everything we expected and more, a beautiful town and even better beaches, we left Kalgoorlie and drove the 400klm south to Esperance a pleasant drive not many hills and the wind was in our favour, when we arrived we booked into a little known spot called the yabby farm, only 3 pwr sites and one ablutions block (thats amenities block) it was a quiet spot not too far from town and the beaches, there we met a great couple from Scotland, Rodger and Kath, we will one day be knocking on their door in Scotland for a BIG whisky tour 🙂 we had a good night sampling Scotch Whiskey, while based at the yabby farm we took a drive east to Duke of Orleans where we went for a swim on the beaches. As you can see in the pic’s these beaches are amazing the water is so clear and warm too, after spending the day lounging on the beaches at Duke of Orleans we headed home for some much need refreshments, the next day we left Jock with caravan and went into the Cape Le Grande National Park and wanting to stretch the legs we decided to climb Frenchman Peak this was about a 3 hour walk return (that included a number of stops to take in the magnificent views) this would have been the steepest climb we have done straight up on a good rock face so grip was ok, we were worried about getting down. It was a great walk and we had a good look around the National Park, Lucky Bay and Cape Le Grand Beach where you can take the 22 klm drive along the beach back to Esperance. The next day was just a walk around town and some much needed shopping we had a look at some of the beaches close to Esperance and they are just as amazing. as you can see we spent most of our time at the beach, i guess we hadn’t been on one since way back in Elliston, i also took some nice shots of waves forming and breaking on the reef. Esperance is one Town we could easily live in, we really enjoyed...

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Kalgoorlie (25th Jan)

      We arrived in Kalgoorlie after spending the night at a free camp spot at Kambolda, the weather was much more comfortable and we decided to stay at the Discovery caravan park in Kalgoorlie, once we were set up we went and had a look at the Super Pit and some of the sights of Kalgoorlie, The main reason for going to Kalgoorlie was to catch up with our next door neighbor, Damian his girlfriend and there family, it was good to see them again and we had a great nights BBQ and a few drinks before leaving Kalgoorlie, it seams we took some Tassie weather with us as it rained for 3 day’s dropping 120 mm we were lucky that the roads re open just as we were leaving to Esperance, I thought we were going to float away there for a minute in the caravan park only the tops of the concrete slabs were showing above the flood water, if there was much more rain maybe Kalgoorlie would have the biggest swimming pool instead of Super pit 🙂 We took in the tour of the Oldest stall Brothel in Australia its still a working brothel and the tour was good, Carmel the madam took the tour through the history of the town and the changes to hay street where all the brothels were conducting business. the next day we went for walk around the Kalgoorlie Museum which gave us good information on how the gold region was developed and the hardships of the people who came to Kalgoorlie to make there fortune, Kalgoorlie known as the Golden Mile is considered to be the richest square mile of earth on the planet.                                                                                                                           That’s all from Kalgoorlie, Thanks to Damo, Kendal, Rae and Jesse for your warm...

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Nullarbor (19th Jan)

Hi again we have had a couple of hot day’s since the last post, from leaving Elliston we travelled about 130 klm west to stay free camping at the Murphy’s Haystacks, not sure that was the best decision we have made as it turned out to be 45 degrees in the shade that day, we had made arrangement’s with Bruce and Elizabeth  to meet them there and spend the day and night catching up having a BBQ and drinks it was a good time talking about past adventures and melting in the heat together. after our farewells to Bruce and Elizabeth we headed west to start the long drive across the Nullabor, first stop was Penong caravan park, we were headed to fowlers bay but once again the Temp was in the high 40’s and it was time to get the aircon plugged in the caravan and hide from the heat, poor Jock as soon as he jumped out of the car he was doing cartwheels to stay off the hot ground, it was so hot the water in the caravan tanks was to hot to shower in. after a hot night even with the aircon on the van all night best we could get was 30 degrees in the van we started west again on to the start of the Nullabor Plains again the temperature was up in the mid 40’s it was amazing that the heat haze from the road was visible 100 mtr’s in front of the car at all times and gave a real sense of being in the middle of nowhere. we took in the usual sights of the Bunda cliffs a fantastic sight. after some sight seeing and lots of driving we decided to camp on the cliffs just before the WA border and watch the sun going down with a few cold beers It was another scorcher that night with little sleep for all of us (didn’t help with Jock panting most the night) no aircon and didn’t drop below 33 degrees all night, so we decided to cross into WA and plug into 240v at the Eucla Caravan park for the day it was again into the 40’s but with a welcome cool change on the way...

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Elliston (14th Jan)

We finally made it to Elliston which was a pre planned destination, we actually booked a spot in the park way back in July before leaving Tassie, as soon as we drove into the park there was kids playing cricket, all ages riding there bikes and a good atmosphere about the place, after finding our site and getting set we bumped into some friends we met at Whyalla who invited us over to there van for New Years Dinner. We all had a great night and a big thankyou to Rita and Bill for putting on a fantastic meal starting with Crayfish then lamb roast on the weber with all the trimmings and to finish of with the best coconut panna cotta i have ever tasted. we stayed at the Elliston caravan park for two weeks so had plenty of time to look around, after exploring the beaches and local jetty we went for a drive along the cliff tops where the town had placed quite a few sculptures. while in the area we went for a drive to Streaky Bay a nice town with great beaches we did a good shop there and re stocked our fridge and cupboards from the supermarket also re stocked the drinks cupboard Robyn getting low on midori and beers almost gone, on the way back from Streaky we took a detour and went for a look at the seal colony about 30 klm’s from Streaky, they were good to watch lazying around with the occasional cooling off with a swim. from the seals we headed back towards Elliston and came across some caves and blow holes with nice rock formations. After relaxing taking long walks and bike rides on the beaches of Elliston (even saw some cheeky sea lions come up on the front beach having a play in the surf, trying the delicacies from the bakery and sampling the cold beers from the local pub we can say we have really enjoyed our stay at Elliston, its a place we would love to go back to again and can see why the two caravan parks here are full for the holidays. so we are on our way to Murphy’s Haystacks for the night and meeting up...

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Port lincoln (30th Dec)

Congo-Photography From leaving our little camp site at Loth Bay where we had a peaceful week and a nice Christmas, we had a few good drinks with our neighbours Frank, Gail and Missy (there dog) we headed down to port lincoln, wow has this place grown since i was last there the people are very friendly and you can see there is and has been alot of money been thrown around this large town im guessing from the tuna industry along with crays, oysters and  grain i really think Tasmania could take some good ideas from the aquaculture development with Tuna for the salmon ponds in Tassie. we spent a day driving around town and the beautiful marina in port lincoln and headed down to Whalers Way to the south, a very picturess area with great beaches and good walks along the cliff sides. In 1837 a year after the settlement of Adelaide and two years before Port Lincoln the whalers were at a remote spot called Fishery Bay. And it was on this natural ramp that they’d haul up the Southern Right whales and carve them up for their blubber a gruesome history but thats how it was and with all the whaling that went on in southern Australia nearly wiped them out, the good news is that the right whales have made a great come back since then. from port lincoln we drove to a remote camp spot between port lincoln and coffin bay and gave the batteries a good charge. Coffin Bay is a great place to stay with one of the nicest bays i have seen, lots of families camped here from Adelaide being school holidays so makes a touristy feel to the place but in a good way (slow paced) we did have a few problems with a flat battery in the car after we returned from a long walk around the Bay (i left the caravan fridge on running of the car Battery 🙂 ) but had a que of people wanting to help with the jumper leads. After leaving Coffin Bay we drove up towards Elliston, stopping for the night at Cummings Point a place with some great rock faces and surf, we were lucky to see...

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Whyalla (24th Dec)

We have spent a couple of weeks in Whyalla waiting on our new car, while here our main source of transport have been the push bikes so we have had a good look round and getting a little more fitter doing so, with the exception of three days where the temperatures reached over 40 degrees two of those days up around 43 a bit hot for us tasmanians 🙂 we had the chance to meet more people on there travels and get more quality travel tips on where to go when crossing the Nullarbor from our new friends Elizabeth and Bruce who have been on the road for along time and crossed the Nulla quite a few times, thanks for spending the time and a few drinks with us guy’s This is the spot we first tried to get to when we broke down, Point Lowly. This a one of the many sunsets we saw from the caravan park at Whyalla. We finally got our new Tug after spending 5 hours on a bus to Adelaide and catching a taxi to Adrian Brian ford, after an hour of going through the details with salesman we were on our way back to Whyalla taking another 4 hours to drive back, it was a long day but were very happy with the car it drives so nice and more comfortable than the pajero. The steel works and loading facilities at Whyalla is one of the main industries along with the mines being so close. So to end this post Robyn and my self would like to wish everyone a MERRY CHRISTMAS safe travels, take care and keep smiling we will have a drink for all of...

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Wallaroo (11th Dec)

Congo Photography Hello again we have had quite an eventful couple of weeks leaving Yorketown, we traveled up to a free camp on the beach near port victoria, a very nice spot to put our feet up and and enjoy the beach and great sunsets, we took the zodiac out for spin chasing some salmon but no luck. we saw lots of dolphins, big ray’s and even a couple of brown snakes that thought they would take a short cut through the camp (Robyn didnt like them but they moved on quick enough) we met a nice couple from Harvey bay Colin and Sue there who gave us some good tips on where to set up camp on the Eyre Peninsula and how to catch some fish. Like i said above some great sunsets. we stayed there at wauraltee for 3 day’s and then moved on to Wallaroo north beach caravan park, so as i could get the new extractors fitted in near by Kadina ( i orded them when in Yorketown) so while waiting for them to be fitted we spent a few hours walking around Kadina and Robyn did some shopping for new skirts, the town has alot of history being part of the copper triangle Moonta, Kadina and Wallaroo, lots of old buildings and historic remains of the copper mines that were in full production, mostly european workers from the UK, they even call Kadina little Cornwall from England (great cornish pasties too) from exploring Kadina and 3 pasties later 🙂 we picked up the Pajero and headed to Moonta to look at some of the mine buildings. After walking many Klm’s around moonta and Kadina time to head back to Wallaroo, as we were driving into the caravan park there was a nasty storm brewing. The storm had it all high winds with lots of hail (no damage to the van or car) and lightning that lit up the sky, we battened the hatches and then helped our neighbours from Goolwa Ben and Julie bring in there annex and secure the pop top. the next day we went for a walk around Wallaroo not much to see has a nice beach (north beach) and the Jetty brought back a few...

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Yorke Peninsula (30th Nov)

    Hello all, we have had a nice drive through from Swan Reach to port Arthur at the top of the Yorke Peninsula we stayed in a overnight parking bay next to the ocean, a bit noisy with trucks going by at night but hey it was free camping. We travelled to a very small town called port Julia and set up camp at the town oval (not being used anymore) cost was $7.00 a night no water and no power, the ground was dry and hard but plenty of sun for the solar panels and we filled our water tanks at the RSL in Ardrossan before arriving there. we had a good look around Ardrossan, a town that is showing signs of new development in housing (as is the whole of the east coast of the Peninsula) it has good jetty and holiday destination feel about it, while there we stocked up on food and alcohol. We spent two nights at port julia and just relaxed having a fish of the local jetty where Robyn caught her first Squid which we took home and prepared for some salt and pepper crumbed calamari rings, and they were great! After a couple of day’s at port Julia we booked in to the caravan park at Yorketown staying here for a week we used this as a base to have a good look around the bottom of the Yorke, we spent each day going to the little towns, each having there part in history, the area mainly was involved in grain, wool and lime production for the supply of Adelaide, thats why there are so many small ports and loading jetties in the area, the towns people would load there horse and carts with wool or grain and take to one of the ports and load onto clipper ships that would transport across the gulf to Adelaide. Around Yorketown there many small salt lakes that were also harvested and sent to Adelaide salt being the main Preservative of meat and fish. Were now on our way to set up a camp along the west coast near the Copper Triangle, Wallaroo, Moonta and Kadina. Im waiting on some new headers at Kadina looks like there is...

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Swan Reach (21st Nov)

      Camping on the Murray River, well it was a journey getting here as we have discovered that Robyn’s map reading skills still have not developed, maybe after a couple of hundred thousand more klm’s she will get there. i did say on the home page we will be doing some zig zags with a couple extra zags with robyn’s directions, oh well it was nice crossing the river a dozen times on multiple ferryies and bridges. we did eventually get to a nice camp spot on the Murray river near swan reach, it was a free site right on the water front, with a quick ferry ride over to the Pub, no drinking water here so we filled up the water tanks in a town sedan just before arriving, the solar panels have been great, no need for the gennie so far the temperatures also been good with low 30’s a couple of day’s there.   As you can see in the pic above you cant get much closer than this to the river without being in it, we had a amazing sunrise’s and sunsets while being there some evenings the sky and cliffs just glowed red with the slow moving water really looked a site.         Swan Reach is a very small town feeling the hardships of a very low river due to drought for a couple of years and then floods when Queensland had all that rain last year, so the little town dependent on river boats, house boats and shack owners didnt see much trade off them for a few years, this resulted in the few shops they had having to close down 🙁 but on a brighter note the boats are back and things are starting to look up.       We did get to do some fishing there but no luck bringing them in saw a few yellow belly but only the pellicans seemed to be able to catch them, when in the boat fishing on one of the bends i heard a loud noise  from a distance and it got closer and closer so i grabbed my camera (took it with me to show all the fish i didnt catch) and...

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Narrung (17th Nov)

A quick word on a place we have been free camping for 3 day’s with green grass sites, next to the lake, jetty, and drinking water available. Narrung on Lake Alexandrina next to the ferry, we had a peaceful time there just relaxing and looking around. Not much in the way of shopping the closest town is Tailem bend, thats where we drove to to get Robyn’s white Chocolate Ganache for her birthday and a few extra groceries. We saw a yacht race on the second day there were over 100 boats racing from Goolwa to Meningie quite a spectical and a nice way to spend the day watching all the yachts sail...

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Robe (15th Nov)

    Hi Again, we have spent 4 days in the town of Robe South Australia, this is a fishing port renown for its crayfish, we arrived with a bit of wind blowing but the sun was shinning and around the mid 20’s temperature so in all a good week to be walking the beaches and along the many cliff tops. Its like a mini 12 Apostels around this town, a lot of new development with housing and good dog friendly beaches, there are quite a few nice restaurants in town and we had a slack attack from cooking and ate out every day lunch and dinna, mmmm! the seafood was too good to walk by so lots of fish and chips down on the marina, and the odd ale or 3 in the very old pubs, i believe the Caledonian has the oldest pub licence in Australia, but the best fish and chips was at Polly’s on the marina.                 The below pic of the Obelisk it was erected on Cape Dombey in 1852 and was used to navigate the entrance to Guichen Bay, as well as to store rocket lifesaving equipment. The firing of rockets, carrying baskets to distressed ships to bring passengers ashore, saved many lives. It later assisted passing ships with navigation because its height of 12m makes it visible 20km out to sea. We stayed at the Top Tourist park in Robe with our caravan right up against the lake.         Speaking of crayfish here’s one Robyn caught LOL   This is one that Robyn took of me trying out some filters on the camera. So that about wraps up Robe, a peaceful place to stay with great food and very dramatic coast line....

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Mount Gambier (12th Nov)

        A nice drive from Wannon Falls camp spot to Mount Gambier show grounds where we met Jenny the caretaker who helped with a site for 3 days and gave us some great direction to the must see places in this hilly town, i was here about 30 years ago and it sure has grown in that time to a City that supports a population of over 32,00 it has been built on and around Volcano’s with the most talked about being the Blue lake. there are few large sink holes in and around the City, most of them set up as beautiful gardens having some of the best volcanic soils to grow in. From Daniels recommendations on facebook we took a drive out to Mount Schank, a dormant volcano just south of mount gambier it was a great walk up i think about a klm up, 2 klm’s around the rim and a klm back down, i was having a bit of vertigo in places walking around with very steep cliffs either side of the narrow track of the rim, the wind didnt help but what great views and a exciting walk being on top of one of the youngest formed volcano’s in the area. We had a good time at Mount Gambier the people were friendly, met some more travellers from burnie tasmania who gave us some more useful tips and places to stay while heading west to Perth, seems everyone we meet are heading the opposite way to us, we are now in Robe and will post a few pic’s when we leave so until next time take care and keep...

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Port Fairy (4th Nov)

Hello again We have moved further west to a coastal town called Port Fairy just past Warrnambool at the western end of the Great Ocean Road, we decided to set up camp for 3 day’s in the Bellfast cove caravan park, a little expensive but a nice park to base ourselves for a look around. Port Fairy has a lot of history being one of the oldest whaling ports in Australia, named by the crew of the Fairy whaling boat in 1828. We even saw a seal just of the boat jetty catching some fish for dinner, we saw him while having the best fish and chips ourselves. After walking around this little town all day we can understand how the town won the most livable place in Australia 2012, it is peaceful and has all the old buildings, beautiful beach with small personalized shops, not seeing any of the big franchises here. The second day we went for a drive to have a look at Warrnambool, the first stop was Flagstaff hill this is a little replica of the way things used to be in the 1800’s a small village reconstructed to show how it was when Flagstaff hill was used as a major port and communication center before arriving in Melbourne. We really liked Warrnambool a large City 35,000 population has great beaches, parks and a lake between the ocean and city, there are many new subdivisions being built and i can see this place becoming even more popular than it already is now. after spending the last day having walked the rest of Port fairy we decided to leave the coast and head inland to a free campsite on the top of a couple of great waterfalls near Wannon, the first pic is just 100 meters from our campsite and the second falls (Nigretta) is a couple of klm’s down the road, this is a good place to kick back and take in a bit of bush camping and also free to stay here. Our camp site at the Wannon Falls On our way to Mt Gambier for the next stop bye for now...

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Great Ocean Road (30th October)

    Hello everyone i hope your all in good health. We have had a great week camped at Prince town on the Great Ocean Road about 12 klm east of Port Campbell, the weather hasn’t been the best but we haven’t let it get in our way or dampen our spirits, it is such a dramatic coast line, and has been one of the best drives and scenic sites we have ever experienced, definitely recommend anyone taking some time and having a good look round here. It pay’s to get off the tourist path and take to the walking tracks you get to see alot more than the post card sites. This is a nice little walk over the reed swamp from our camp site to Princetown which has a population of only 459 the town consists of a general store/cafe and a great pub which is where i took Robyn for our wedding anniversary on Tuesday night the place was full of campers alike and we had a good time with plenty of drinks to go round. This was a good place to base for exploring the 12 Apostles. Gibson Steps at Sunrise again very long exposure.   Gibson Steps.   We not only walked the sites of the coast line we ventured inland to sample some of the local produce, that being the chocolate factory, cheese factory and the local winery, we did go to the Timboon whiskey distillery but was closed when we got there 🙁 (too dam long at the chocky factory Robyn) not to worry made up for it at the wine tastings :-). We spent a fun day looking around the Peterborough and Port Campbell townships, picking up our mail (big thanks to you Linda) and trying out most of the bakeries. we also took in a bit of 4×4 trails in the Otway National Park up the sand dunes crossing creeks and onto the beach. So that just about wraps up this part of Victoria, we now keep heading West to South Australia stopping at Port Fairy, Mt Gambier and then onto...

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Anglesea Vic (23rd Oct)

    Well we had quite a horrible drive from Loch to Melbourne, winds were 60klm per hour and temperature was  33 degrees when driving through Melbourne, the traffic was very heavy but made it in one piece. We decided to stay the night at a truck stop on the M80 and driving to Campbellfield early the next morning to drop the van off at Retreat to get some warranty repairs done. Then we had the day to ourselves, we did some shopping for the car and van and then went to a historical aboriginal reserve “Woodlands” it was a nice walk around the reserve taking in some nice views of old homesteads and bushland. Robyn And Jock at the hill top look out watching the planes land at the Tullamarine Airport. We didn’t get our Caravan back that day as they needed to do more work so we stayed in the van at the Retreat factory. (thanks to Steve Borg the Owner of Retreat Caravan’s) I took Robyn for a nice breakfast in the morning while waiting for the van to be finished, then hit the road for Anglesea around 11.00am, we made the caravan park at anglesea around 2.00pm. We ended up staying here for 2 days as the weather was crap windy with rain and we didn’t want to drive the Great Ocean Road in bad weather so we had a drive around and had a look at Bells Beach while we were in the area.       So were now heading for the Great Ocean Road and next stop a small town “Princetown” theres a great camping ground there where its very close to the 12 Apostles and Port Campbell.      ...

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Moto Gp, Loch (19th Oct)

    We have had a good week staying in a small village called Loch, about 45klm from Phillip Island, the Village is very small with no pub and a couple of old antique/nicknack shops, doesn’t even have a “post office” we have been allowed to stay at the cricket oval where we can hook up to power and water. the locals liked having us there so as to keep an eye on the club house and premises, Robyn walks Jock twice a day with a couple of local friends she met, you would think they have known us for years not day’s, the cricket oval is surrounded by hills and well treed with a creek running along side and only 5 minutes to walk to the Lock Village for a coffee and chat with the locals, seems like this is a daily ritual for them. As you can see i have played with these photo’s a bit to give a feel to the place. Below is the local Lock up. As the Blog heading says we went to the Moto Gp and watched some great Bike racing, its the second time this week we went to Phillip island, i took Robyn for drive around the Island and showed her the sites, if you haven’t been there before i would recommend it, theres lots to see and some really dramatic views. The Grand Prix racing was great to see with Valentino Rossi burning up the track. We also had a look at some spectacular Super Cross Action. Im very happy with how these motor sport photo’s came out for my first attempt, i only needed 1,800 shot’s to get these few LOL. So this ends another great week for us in South Gippsland we will be going into Melbourne 🙁 to get some warranty work done on the Van and Robyn wants to go shopping :-(, then start our journey west along the Great Ocean Road 🙂                          ...

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Willow park (15th Oct)

    We have had a nice stay in a free camping spot just down the road from Rosedale Vic, we spent 3 night here taking in some nice walks and bike riding  and doing a few markets, the more traditional ones where home made jams, scones, and cakes are made. There were mostly hand made crafts and lots of old tools, rosedale is a small town with a small population mainly agriculture and dairy makes up the majority of employment. There was lots of birds at the camp and had time to take some photo’s.      ...

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Marlay Point (12th Oct)

    We arrived for a 3 day stop over to do some free camping at Marlay point on Lake Wellington not too far from Sale Victoria, theres no drinking water or power at this camp site but worth stopping for a few days, we carried in 200ltrs of water in the tanks and the solar panels worked a treat so it was a good test to see if we were missing anything and we didn’t looks like we can free camp for approx 10 days without water supplies, thats if Robyn doesn’t wash her hair every night 🙂 The Lake hosts the longest overnight inland yacht race in Australia. some great mornings sunrises and afternoon sunsets. There was also some good bird life around the campsite. So this wraps up Marlay Point, we are now onto our next free camp site on the way to Wilson’s Promontory.      ...

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Bruthen (2nd Oct)

    well we had a rough trip getting here with the ride over on the Spirit of tasmania, it wasn’t much better driving to Bruthen when we did arrive 8o-100klm winds coming from the NW, still it was a good experience towing the van with such big winds and i’m sure that will come in handy further down the track. Bruthen is small town with the Tambo River running through it, the caravan park were staying at backs on to it, the park has only 8 powered sites which are large and well grassed (jock is allowed to roam free within reason) he doesn’t go far from the van anyways. This is the river at the back of the park. Jock having fun. We have met some great like minded people so far staying here at Bruthen, Russell and Leanne From Mandurah WA we hope to catch up with them when we get to W.A. The Manager, “Wally” is a good Bloke he shared many a tale and a few drinks with, Wally takes pride in his park and 0ozes enthusiasm for putting this quaint little town and beautiful area on the tourist map with folk festivals and good folk music. There is a 96klm bike track that runs from Bainsdale to Orbost, we did about 10klm of it while we were here. Below is Robyn on the track   So i would definitely recommend spending a week in Bruthen and the surrounding area, is a great place to explore from in any...

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Gippsland Coast (7th Oct)

  Marlo, this is where the snowy river meets the ocean, its a quiet little town with tourists being the main economy with a population of 340 the first settler in 1875 built a 2 room bark hut which expanded to a 9 room house which then became the Marlo Hotel. We started heading back to Lakes Entrance and stopped in had lunch and a look at Nowa Nowa stoney creek trestle bridge, this bridge was built in 1916 when the melbourne to bairnsdale rail line was extended, at 176 metres long, being the longest timber trestle bridge in the southern hemisphere, the last train crossed the bridge in 1988 when the line was decommissioned.     When we broke out the lunch just under the bridge i saw this bird going off, so i went over to have a look thinking it was injured and came across the reason for all the commotion it was a egg poacher the bird won in the end. From a nice lunch and cold refreshments 🙂 we started back to the coast to a town named Lakes entrance, we have been here before and didn’t really care for it  then and the feeling still remains, its a town thats out dated and set up for the crowds that flock there from melbourne, its a fishing port with caravan parks that pack you in like sardines sand flys and mossies, enough said as you can tell im not big on the place each to there own. from the lakes we travelled west to a beautiful town by the name of Paynesville, this is what Lakes Entrance is trying to be, i have never seen so many boats Motor and Yachts, there must be thousands of them, they have just started to dredge canals and build subdivisions around the canals with your own personal jetty looks like a great place to set up for retirement, if you had the bucks to do so.   This gave me a good laugh, something i would love to cruise down the Murray river on what a classic. So this was a great few days driving around the East Gippsland area there is so much to see and do our next destination will...

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Omeo (6th Oct)

      The first days drive was to Omeo up the Alpine road, about 90 klm north of Bruthen, we had great weather and the drive was very scenic following the Tambo all the way to Omeo. Omeo was established by Gold fever, the town is the highest gold field town in Australia, with a population of 452, with plenty of snow in winter through to spring its name was derived from the Aboriginal word for mountains or hills, the town was also used by stockman to push cattle through the region in 1835, and in 1845 gold was found and peeked in the 1860’s. Now mainly exists for...

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“New Home” (10th April)

Our home for the next 12 months starting from the 1st of October...

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Bridal Falls (26th Sep)

      We took this shot when on a recent walk to Bridal Falls and Champagne Falls Tasmania.   A great days walk about 2 hours fairly steep grade to start with then flattens out when getting close to the falls.

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