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Oceania » Australia » Victoria » Mansfield December 9th 2019

Day 16 (8/12/2019) Last full day in Mansfield. Quite a warm day as hot weather looming. Spent the day packing up slowly & taking a few short leisurely walks. Deb decided to jump in the pool to cool off for a while. Day 17 (9/12/2019) Departed Mansfield at 10.20am. Got fuel on the way out of Mansfield. Quite a relaxing drive with a bit of side wind in spots. Stopped in Yea for a morning tea & rest at 11.20am. Went to The Provender Bakehouse where the food is absolutely delicious. Will make it a definite place to stop at in future. Departed Yea at 11.50am. The drive on the Melba Highway was adventurous & heart attack stuff. Came around a bend into a long straight to see a vehicle heading towards us overtaking 4 other ... read more

Oceania » Australia » Victoria » Mansfield December 7th 2019

Day 12 (4/12/2019) Recovery day today to rest up. Took a leisurely walk around Mansfield, enjoying the cooler weather before the heat arrives next week. Had the trout we caught for lunch which was absolutely delicious. Nothing beats fresh fish that just falls apart & has that nice clean taste. Had an afternoon siesta which means I must have needed the rest. Done a lot of walking on this trip. Dinner tonight was satay sticks & mashed potatoes. Day 13 (5/12/2019) Got up at 5.30am for the drive to Big River. Wanted to fish this area earlier in the day before the sun got up. On the way drove around a bend to find a kangaroo in the middle of the road, but it quickly moved out of the way. Arrived at Big River just after ... read more
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Oceania » Australia » Victoria » Mansfield December 3rd 2019

Day 9 (1/12/2019) Awoke to a cold morning with constant drizzling rain. Was a noisy night as there was a large group of motorcyclists staying in the caravan park. A small handful of them making loud noise throughout the night made it difficult to get a decent sleep. Shame people are ignorant & cant be respectful of the curfew hours. Went for a drive down to Goughs Bay near Lake Eildon & back through the Howqua Valley & Delatite area, coming out at Merrijig. What else to do on a cold wet miserable day but pop into the Merrijig Hunt Club pub for a light lunch, followed by a visit to the Social Bandit Brewery for a drink by the wood fire. Returned to the caravan as the temperatures had not reached double figures all day. ... read more
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Oceania » Australia » Victoria » Mansfield December 1st 2019

Day 1 (23/11/2019) Departed Cranbourne at 8.35am. After tediously making our way through traffic, we finally got onto the Hume Highway. Taking our time & with a good tail wind, we stopped at Avenel Roadhouse at 11.10am for a cuppa & toilet stop. Back on the road at 11.35am, traffic became more prolific for a Saturday. The BP at Glenrowan North loomed, so decided to top up with fuel as no way of knowing how much fuel would be where we were going. Negotiating roadworks on the way to Myrtleford, we took the turnoff & arrived at the Dederang Hotel at 3.20pm & parked in our spot at the rear of the hotel. Took our time setting up the van as we would be running on battery. Popped into the hotel for a drink & booked ... read more
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Oceania » Australia » South Australia » Renmark April 30th 2019

Day 52 (22/4/2019) Picked up some more water for our next stop as there is only a general store there & likely to be expensive. Cleaned up the van & 4WD from all the bird droppings out of the trees. Checked the 4WD fluids which were good considering the huge number of kilometres we have travelled. Day 53 (23/4/2019) Departed Streaky Bay at 9:50AM. Stopped at Murphys Haystacks on the Pt Lincoln road. These incredible rock formations are well worth exploring. There is a $2 honesty box to enter, for which they provide good gravel paths & a well kept toilet block. It will be one of the best $2 you will spend. There is also a low cost camp area here which some people may choose to utilise. We arrived at Venus Bay, only to ... read more
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Oceania » Australia » South Australia » Streaky Bay April 22nd 2019

Day 45 (15/4/2019) Walked into town to take a look around the Ceduna shops, picking up a couple of bargains that we did not expect to find! Went to the Ceduna Foreshore Hotel for lunch. Had a 400g Rump Steak for $25, while Deb had a massive Stir Fry for $18. Stir Fry was brilliant while the Rump was as chewy as an old boot. Went fishing & caught fresh fish again, so fish is on the menu. The only problem is that mosquitoes inhabit the jetty & you not only get eaten alive but also picked up & carried away! Day 46 (16/4/2019) Went for a short drive to Denial Bay, which is north west opposite Ceduna across the bay. Lovely jetty walk talking to some wonderful people from all over Australia. Funny how people ... read more

Oceania April 15th 2019

Day 32 (2/4/2019) Last day in Perth. Went for a drive into West Perth To Watertown, which was the original DFO in Perth Before they built the Airport DFO. Here they had all the usual shops, but nowhere near as many bargains as the Airport DFO has. If you ever visit Perth, give Watertown a miss & go to the Airport DFO as it is far better. Back to the caravan to pack up & plan tomorrows trip to Busselton. Day 33 (3/4/2019) Departed Perth at 9:00AM; peak hour traffic. Strangely enough the traffic was not too bad considering as we rarely came to a halt. Our only holdup was some woman doing 40kmh in the 80kmh/100kmh zones. Hard to change lanes when other vehicles are travelling so fast & you get stuck behind some buffoon ... read more
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Oceania » Australia » Western Australia » Perth April 2nd 2019

Day 24 (25/3/2019) Huge winds from the East pounded us overnight, wanting to pick us up & carry us away. Just as well I had everything battened down & anchored. The winds exceeded what we were reported to expect & were quite severe. Did a bit of fishing, but winds still heavy & water still quite dirty which is hardly ideal conditions. Saw a school of large Tailor going up & down the breakwater, but they were far from interested in any lure put in front of them. Day 25 (26/3/2019) Up early to try fishing in the morning instead of the evening. Water still dirty & the winds growing stronger again did not make fishing easy. Same school of Tailor swimming up & down the breakwater, but again refusing to take anything thrown at them. ... read more
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Oceania » Australia » Western Australia » Dongara March 25th 2019

Day 19 (20/3/2019) Up early to visit Kalbarri National Park before it gets too hot. First stop was the National Parks Office for a Parks Pass as we will be visiting several throughout our trip. Next stop was Natures Window. A short easy walk from the car park takes you to this incredibly wonderful location. Spoke with a couple from England for about 10 minutes as we were the only ones there & took several photos. Just a shame that there is no water in the river at all; completely dry except for some stagnant pools further upstream. A few kms down the road was Z Bend. Very little water here as well. A slightly longer walk to get to this spot, but still quite a simple stroll. Saw people standing on dangerous rock ledges to ... read more
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Oceania » Australia » Western Australia » Kalbarri March 19th 2019

Day 13 (14/3/2019) Had a bit of a sleep in this morning, which was something of a luxury, but after 4 hard days on the road it was well needed. Arranged for the caravan antenna to be looked at tomorrow, meaning we will stay in Geraldton a bit longer, but switching to another caravan park afterwards as we need to take the caravan to them. Purchased some food for the extra few days & the week or so ahead as shops will be rare after we leave Geraldton. After dropping our shopping off at the van, we walked down to the Fishermans Wharf, enjoying some Snapper & chips for lunch at Barnacles on the Wharf. What can I say but YUM! Beautiful flavour & texture; it was some of the best fish I have ever had. ... read more
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