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Day 9 – 31 March

31 Mar

Another day dawns grey with showers. Not to be deterred we headed off to find the Blue Lake. Yes it is blue. When the sun peaked out between showers we got a hint of how brilliant the blue is. Unfortunately the true colours are hard to capture in a photograph. Plan B is to return tomorrow or the next as the weather forecast is more promising.

We stopped off in town for lunch. Very nice but on the pricey side for fish and chips and a small pizza.

after lunch we headed across the road to the caves. Unfortunately it was after closing time so we will have to revisit. hard to believe this sinkhole is right in the middle of town.

then we headed over to the Umberton Sinkhole. A visit worth making and a mere 50 steps down into a giant hole in the ground.

The best thing about the Mt Gambier Showgrounds is the hostess Sue-Ann. She is great and encourages everyone to call in at 5pm for happy hour drinks and chat. It’s great to catch up with other travellers, especially as this show ground is limited to 8 campers.

Dinner tonight is a quick bbq with potatoes provided by fellow campers who are working harvesting the spuds locally.

Day 4 – 26 March

26 Mar

We are off along The Great Ocean Road.

First stop Bells Beach, the first Bucket List item on this trip.

We continued to meander along the Great Ocean Road, stopping where we fancied and where road works  slowed our journey.  A stop just before Lorne gave us a view of the local surf school in session.

 

We stopped for lunch just past Lorne and kicked back to enjoy watching the surf and enjoy the serenity.  It really is easy to simply enjoy the view and the sound of the surf.

Eventually the road meandered away from the coast and we headed into the Otway Ranges.  It was here that I saw my first koala in the wild.   As we were driving we saw some cars pulled over and excited people with cameras.  There right by the side of the road in very exposed branches were 4 koalas asleep.  Unfortunately there was no room to stop with a caravan, so it was a fleeting glimpse.

After a long day of travelling, we arrived to check-in to Bimbi Park, Cape Otway at 4.30pm.  This is a lovely bush camp with power and water for $30 a night.  A quick setup and we headed down the road to the Cape Otway Lighthouse.

We arrived too late for entry to the lighthouse, however there is a short, 20 minute walk along the cliff to view the lighthouse from the next headland.

Dinner tonight once again was a thermomix affair.  A hearty Chilli Beef and Beans on a baked spud.  

 

Day 3 – 25 March

25 Mar

Oh what a night! 3:30am I was jolted awake by the noise of the boat crashing through, off, into waves. The roller coaster ride was fine. A couple of times I braced myself against the wall to stop myself rolling out of bed. But every time I started to doze off we hit another noisy monster wave – that probably wasn’t very big 🙂

Of course this lack of sleep only affected me. Luckily the driver in this team got a full night’s slumber.

As we were unloading we watched the van in front miss opening his van up on the upper mezzanine deck by millimetres. The deck hands were waving and yelling for him to stop but either he could see he was missing or was oblivious.  We suspect oblivious, so pay attention to the staff, they are there to make sure you don’t damage your pride and joy.

Our biggest mishap was getting in the wrong lane at a set of lights. We were being forced into a right turn. So I popped out and asked the car driver beside us to let us go first and pull an illegal lane change in front of him when the lights changed. Poor man, must have thought I was trying to rob him at first. But eventually he rolled down his window.

Our stop tonight was at the Top Park in Braybrook. They were lovely, let us check in early and had a drive-through site, perfect.

Even better, the bus to the city is across the road and Woolworths is next door.

We headed in to the Gallery to see the Escher Exhibition. If you are in Victoria don’t miss it. It was awesome. We spent nearly 3 hours there.

Back at the van dinner was cooked definitely glamping style using my thermomix. I’m sure by the end of this trip I will have my bbq skills much improved.

Day 2 – 24 March

24 Mar

After a comfortable night spent free camping by the Elizabeth River at Campbelltown we slowly packed up and started meandering towards Devonport.

Just after we hit the road a text arrived from TTLine to say our departure had been delayed. Boarding would now commence at 8:15pm. Ok, gives us plenty of time to find KMart for a couple of shelf dividers. 🙂

We thought arriving in Devonport on a Sunday would mean plenty of available parking. What we didn’t know about, was the car show and blocked streets and parking being in high demand. Oops. We now know that our setup needs three empty car spaces on the side of the road.

After completing our shopping we were faced with a four hour wait until check-in opened. This is when we discovered another advantage of caravanning over camping. Rather than sitting in the car listening to the radio, we hopped in the van, made a cup of tea, connected the TV and continued our Game of Thrones initiation started last night. Certainly makes the waiting time pass easier 🙂

In hindsight we should have watched another episode of GoT, as when we got to check-in the staff were scrambling to find parking for everyone. I think they actually opened check-in early as there was not enough space and vans were queuing in the street.

Check-in went smoothly but a word of warning, check your measurements. If you are close to the marks they have on the pavement they get out and run a very long tape measure over you. We passed. 🙂

Even though I’ve travelled on the SoT a number of times, it was more nerve wracking with the van. That loading ramp sure seemed higher, steeper and narrower than before. 🙂

We loaded safely and tucked ourselves in for what was predicted to be a bumpy ride.

The Start

23 Mar

Today marks the start of our first trip out of Tassie with our caravan.

The lead up has been fraught with last minute-itis. The caravan was serviced last month, the Ute last week.the bull bar and clear view mirrors were fitted yesterday.

The other pre-trip stressor has been my husband having pneumonia – how did that happen :(. Dosed up with antibiotics and he is much better. It seems the holiday is perfect timing for him to relax and recuperate.

We headed off just after lunch

Then five minutes up the road the rain started 🤣

But our stop over tonight in Campbelltown certainly turned on a lovely sunset.

New Toy

1 Jan

A New Year and a new toy…… we have bought a caravan.  Took delivery 21 December, yes a terribly busy time to pickup such a large purchase.  Today we pottered testing various components and adding bits and bobs that should make our adventures even more comfortable.   It’s the small things in life, but happy to confirm the microwave and washing machine both work on 240v power.

Also found a chopping board that fits perfectly in the sink to give extra bench space 🙂

Cutting Board