Blogs from Bairnsdale, Victoria, Australia, Oceania


Oceania » Australia » Victoria » Bairnsdale January 15th 2016

The day dawned bright, the first day of our adventure, excitement was high and everyone slept in!! Even me, supposed to be up at 5.30am to get all the garden and animals organised, but that's the way holidays are. The day before was spent trying to work, organise animals and pack Shazza and there was just not enough hours in the day to get it all done. So the morning was spent doing last minute checks on the animals and training Marg on how to use the fire pump to water the garden. That should be interesting to see if Marg can get it going. If anyone sees her out doing rain dancing you will know she was unsuccessful with the pump. We can only pray for some rain to make Marg and Jude's life easier ... read more
Setting off from home
Ben and Hayden on board
The Trailer

Oceania » Australia » Victoria » Bairnsdale March 19th 2014

Well our exploring of the Bairnsdale area was well worth it yesterday. First up we headed for Buchan and the Buchan Caves and reserve. I must say they have done an excellent job setting the area up including an excellent camping area right beside the caves. Very nice indeed and cause for a possible re-visit and stay in the future. The caves themselves are excellent and one of the best we have seen around the world. Very much unspoiled and they go to a lot of trouble to keep them this way. See photos. On the return trip we stopped off at Bruthen and the "Bullant Brewery" for lunch and to sample a couple of their local ales. An excellent choice it was. Mmmmmm. After Bruthen we headed for the Nicholson River Winery to sample some ... read more
Cave pools
Niagra Falls
Pure white stalagmite

Oceania » Australia » Victoria » Bairnsdale March 18th 2014

Yesterday we moved to Bairnsdale and after setting up and doing the mundane things like cleaning and grocery shopping we set out in the afternoon to explore the town and surrounding area. Eagle Point was the first stop for a quick look and then onto Paynesville and Wattyl Point. I must say, there was a huge contrast of scenery. One minute we were in open sheep country and then the sleepy little lake and fishing area of Eagle Point and then onto Paynesville which I would call millionaires row. I.e. Just about every house has a boat of some sort with the majority I would have to guess to be well over $100k each and then all the newish/large houses. Etc. It definitely looks like the boom area. Heading down to Wattyl Point was then another ... read more
Grass Trees
Mitchell River rope bridge

Oceania » Australia » Victoria » Bairnsdale February 21st 2014

We managed to book another night OK and then went to watch the Sulphur Crested Cockatoos and Rosellas feeding on the last of our seed (plus what the manager of the park puts down). They’re a noisy lot and squabble like children all the time. We also saw the bird we thought was a pigeon again. Turns out it’s actually a Common Bronzewing. Today the sun was gleaming off the lovely bronze patches on its wing and they kept changing colour with its movement from strong peacock green to deep rich bronze. Looked wonderful. After breakfast and making some sandwiches for lunch, we headed into Bairnsdale to get a few things, including more bird seed! I’d been having trouble with my purple pants (trousers for the Poms) as they kept slipping down so I went into ... read more
St Peter by the Lake Anglican Church, Paynesville
St Peter by the Lake Anglican Church, Paynesville
Pacific Gull

Oceania » Australia » Victoria » Bairnsdale January 5th 2013

Ontem fizemos o segundo e mais longo tranche da viagem. Fomos de Batemans bay ate burnsdale e foram muitas horas carro... Passamos por paisagens espetaculares e por praias e lagos a perder de vista. fomos ate Tilba Tilba e descobrimos em Pambula de onde veem todas as ostras e camaroes da Australia... Foi uma festa!! De barriga cheia de marisco seguimos para o hotel ja no estado de Vitoria. Beijinhos a todos, Mjoao e andre... read more

Oceania » Australia » Victoria » Bairnsdale May 25th 2012

Day 1. 21 May 2012 After years of planning the day had finally arrived, we were ready and set for our big adventure. The car and the van were packed, and the house cleared of furniture, there was no turning back. It was a tearful good bye for mother and daughter, Mandy and her mum Cheryl gave each other final hugs and kisses, we all piled into the car and........nothing, the battery was flat, great start to the holiday. I knew the battery was getting a bit old and probably needed replacing, it was on my "to do list" but never got quite there, so a jump start of Cheryl’s car and good-byes take 2 and we were off. The first destination was my mum’s in Lindenow, just near Bairnsdale, about 250 kms east of Melbourne, ... read more

Oceania » Australia » Victoria » Bairnsdale March 3rd 2012

Saturday 3rd March 2012. Day 23 of 88 for Visa. G’day peeps! Sorry its taken soo long to update the 2nd part of our blog but due to the fact of not having either wifi or somewhere which we could plug Saul’s computer into, we have had no means of getting onto the internet long enough to update this! So after 2 weeks of long hard work at the Lemon picking farm, we have managed to save enough for a netbook and an internet dongle( ha ha) so here were are back in touch with you all! J So happy about this! Being stuck in the middle of nowhere when it rains with no books or internet can get a little tiresome and there are only so many games of Rummy and Solitaire we can play! ... read more

Oceania » Australia » Victoria » Bairnsdale February 23rd 2012

We were delighted to hear that, after a stint in Perth, our friend/Dean’s cousin Andrew was back in Bairnsdale around the time we were going to be there.Even better, it was going to be Andrew’s birthday! After passing back through Sale to pick up some solar panels for our van, we made it to Bairnsdale, “the commercial capital of Gippsland”. We found a lovely holiday park with a swimming pool and resident emus, alpacas, sheep, chickens, ducks and all sorts of birds. We spent the afternoon in the lovely cool pool (a welcome relief in the 40 degree heat) and taking care of our mounds of washing and dishes! In the evening, Andrew showed us around the area and the lovely waterside village of Paynesville. The next morning, after doing a much-needed oil change on our ... read more

Oceania » Australia » Victoria » Bairnsdale February 20th 2012

We finally made it to a new state Victoria!!!! We have had a great time in Lakes Entrance. It is a really big town with soooo many caravan parks. We can't believe how many there are. It has a really great bike track that goes all around the town by the lake and beaches. We went on a fishing charter. It was great. I caught my first big whiting. Dad caught 1 fish and mum caught 4. We could only keep one fish because they were too small. The other great thing about Lakes Entrance is I made some great new friends there. Their names are Bryce and Tommy. They are from Adelaide. They have been travelling for 9 months already. They have seen some excellent things. James and I played with the boys and mum ... read more
my new friends

Oceania » Australia » Victoria » Bairnsdale February 11th 2009

Day 10 Saturday Feb 7 Melbourne to Bairnsdale I’m writing this on the verandah of our cabin on the Mitchell Gardens Holiday Park, overlooking the Mitchell River in Bairnsdale. It’s 7 am on Sunday and it’s the first grey sky we’ve seen on our trip. It was even mainly blue when we flew over Kent. Talking about the weather can be tedious, unless it’s out of the ordinary. We’ve been very aware of the ‘Britain paralysed’ situation through the Australian media coverage. The Aussies are quite amused that we can’t cope with a bit of snow. It’s the extremes or changes that make the weather remarkable. Having experienced minus 7 in Winchester before we left, it’s now even more memorable, as yesterday we had plus 48 (not a typo - forty-eight degrees) in Bairnsdale. Melbourne and ... read more

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