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Oceania » Australia » Victoria » Maldon (Australia) September 29th 2015

The excitement started to build as we left Echuca because we were headed for the Golden Triangle. The area bound by Bendigo, Ballarat and Stawell has had more gold nuggets found than the remainder of Australia! In fact, more than 90% of all of the gold nuggets in the world weighing more than 500 ounces have come from this one area in Victoria. History, Architecture and Gold - the Golden Triangle has something for everyone. We had coffee in Rochester before arriving in Bendigo at lunchtime. We had heard that the Bendigo Regional Art Gallery was worth visiting and Lenny was particularly pleased when the entry attendant advised that they had a number of works of ST Gill, the noted goldfields artist. The building that houses the art gallery is a beautiful piece of architecture and ... read more
Beehive Mine Chimney, Maldon
Maldon town
Old buildings in Maldon

Oceania » Australia » Victoria » Echuca September 28th 2015

First job of the morning was to check out the tyre repair place. Yes, they could help but they might be a while. So we went up to the bakery for a coffee. We were sitting down reading the Melbourne papers and having coffee when the tyre repair guy walked in. Bad news I'm afraid, the tyre can't be repaired. They didn't have the same tyre that we already had installed but they could fit something comparable. At $275 each, we weren't rushing to change all six tyres but we eventually decided to change two. The tyre replacement would take more time so Georgi went window shopping and Lenny had a haircut. When we got back to the bus, the story had changed again! It seems one of the wheels (the one with the flat tyre) ... read more
Torrumbarry Weir
Torrumbarry Weir
Murray River campsite

Oceania » Australia » Victoria » Kerang September 27th 2015

We were keen to get away from Swan Hill early but we were visited by fellow Coaster owners who wanted to have a yarn (so we ended up leaving about 11 after a morning tea coffee in the Caravan Park cafe). The Coaster owner was bemoaning the fact that he had come back to his bus from a sightseeing trip to find that he had a flat tyre. Unfortunately, some of his bad luck must have rubbed off on us as just out of Swan Hill we noticed a vibration in the Coaster. We continued on for a little while trying to identify what the vibration might be and looking in the rear vision mirrors at the tyres. Eventually, we found a wayside stop so that it would be safe to pull over and make a ... read more
Kerang Caravan Park

Oceania » Australia » Victoria » Swan Hill September 25th 2015

After an early morning coffee in Deni, we drove firstly to Barham and then across the bridge to Koondrook in Victoria. Victoria is where Lenny was born (and we will get down to Gippsland soon). Kerang is on the Murray River (west of Koondrook) and has a variety of small lakes and other bodies of water which make it ideal for irrigating (and bird-watching). We spent some time looking for (and at) birds and they spent time looking at us before flying off!We came across several monuments relating to the Burke and Wills expedition and wondered how the explorers could have performed such travelling feats. They travelled over 3,000 kilometres (from Melbourne to the Gulf of Carpentaria) in less than six months.Upon entering Swan Hill, we saw a large sign advertising the Regional Art Gallery so ... read more
Kerang area
Kerang area
Kerang area

Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Deniliquin September 24th 2015

We were looking for somewhere warmer to stay for a few days and so we initially headed north from Canberra to the Hume Highway and then cut across country. Along the way we stopped to say hello to the dog from Gundagai and then drove through Wagga. From here we went "bush", driving on back roads to Lockhart and Urana before coming back to the Newell Highway at Jerilderie. Jerilderie was the town that Ned Kelly and his gang held up in 1879. They were out of their territory by a long way, having spent most of their time in Victoria. I like to think they came here for a holiday, but Ned and the boys took over 2,000 pounds from the bank and Ned attempted to have the "Jerilderie Letter", a 7,500 word essay of ... read more
Our campsite
Georgi at Gundagai

Oceania » Australia » Australian Capital Territory September 23rd 2015

It was planned to have some quiet time with Catherine and Ben but that was a little tricky as at least one of us felt less than 100% at some stage while we were in Canberra, Day 1 we had a late start and then lunch with Catherine at a local cafe before she went to work. Then we went to the Telstra Tower, Canberra Botanic Gardens (briefly) and then to the Bank (which was next door to where Catherine worked). Great bank - they just keep giving us money when we ask for it! Day 2 was the Library, the Portrait Gallery and National Gallery. The library has "treasures" on display and they did not disappoint. An historic exhibition by William Strutt (including paintings of Burke and Wills as they left Melbourne and Bushrangers in ... read more
Telstra Tower Lookout
Telstra Tower Lookout
Dinner with Catherine and Ben

Oceania » Australia » Australian Capital Territory September 20th 2015

Before we left Cowra, we stopped in to the Japanese Gardens and acquainted ourselves with the history of Cowra and specifically the POW camp at Cowra during World War 2. The POW camp was built to hold 4,000 prisoners and by 1944 was overcrowded. Italians, Koreans, Formosans and Japanese were housed at Cowra at this time but a plan to split the Japanese prisoners by sending lower ranks to Hay seems to be the catalyst for the breakout attempt. Early on 5th August 1944, the Japanese in B compound set fire to their huts and stormed the barbed wire perimeter fence. Over 300 Japanese escaped but they were all re-captured within a few weeks. The breakout attempt cost the lives of four Australian soldiers and 231 Japanese. Many of the Japanese committed suicide as they believed ... read more
Cowra Japanese Gardens
Cowra Japanese Gardens
Cowra Japanese Gardens

Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Cowra September 19th 2015

Wellington has a really nice caravan park at the caves complex but we couldn't stay to tour the caves as we had to get down to Cowra where we were meeting Mel (Lenny's sister), Steve and Regan who were on their way to Noosa in Queensland for School Holidays. We did have time for a coffee before we left though as there wasn't likely to be much open as we headed south. Turned out that Molong (a little town) was holding a market day which preceded its Show Day and it was all happening at Molong. There were stalls and rides and exhibitions of motorbikes and cars and you could even get a ride in a helicopter (as well as a Harley trike). We stopped and had a late morning tea (or early lunch). Georgi had ... read more
Fields of Canola in Southern NSW

Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Dubbo September 18th 2015

We were still worrying about the broken aerial and so we decided to drive all the way in to Dubbo next morning and see if we could get it repaired. We tried a few places without luck, but then hit on an auto electrician who also did two way radio installs and he was confident he could do the job. You'll need to leave it with me for a couple of hours at least he said, so we walked into the city centre and had lunch and discussed what else we might do while we were waiting for the work to be done. The phone rang just then and the sparky was finished! Excellent work and then we needed to find somewhere to stay (we had selected a free camp site for the night but we ... read more
Western Plains Zoo
Western Plains Zoo
Western Plains Zoo

Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Coonabarabran September 15th 2015

After we had checked out the view from the lookout at Moonbi (see yesterdays blog) we headed off to Tamworth where we stopped for coffee. We looked for a supermarket to do some shopping but could only find an Aldi in the town centre, so we took the Oxley Highway westwards and came across a small woolies in West Tamworth where Georgi shopped. From there it was to Gunnedah where we couldn't find a petrol station so, after lunch, we decided to keep going and to fill up at Coonabarabran where we planned to stop for the night. During lunch (on the side of the road) we spied a cute parrot and Georgi grabbed a photo. We have since identified the parrot as a Red-rumped parrot. The road from Gunnedah to Coonabarabran is quite hilly (and ... read more
Red Rumped Parrot

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