Blogs from Echuca, Victoria, Australia, Oceania - page 2


Oceania » Australia » Victoria » Echuca August 9th 2014

We left home in Echuca after work on a Friday with the aim of putting a few Klms of tarmac under us before nightfall, after all the aim of this trip was to get over to the Head of Bight as soon as practical to watch the whales, this blog is going to be one ‘whale of a tale’! This blog will not cover any history, ‘touristy stuff’, etc on the way across to the Nullarbor, more, it will detail our route and some info that may help others in planning a trip along a similar route. We will ‘stop and smell the roses’ a bit more on our return route! We headed straight for Nyah and a camping area which is on the banks of the Murray River behind the Harness Racing Club. This is ... read more
Troll & Trakkie
Lunch stop!

Oceania » Australia » Victoria » Echuca July 28th 2014

July 2014” Since our ‘The Wrong Way Around Trip’…well…basically I have been ‘slack’! Yes, we have done a few trips, but, I have not completed any Blogs for you all to follow us, sorry! Mostly our trips have been within Victoria and centred around the High Country and the Murray Valley, although one trip we did should have been written up and that was to the Birdsville Races last September, (Schoolies Week for over 55YO’s without high rise buildings to get into strife on!) . This was a fantastic trip with a number of highlights for us. From home (in Echuca) we headed north to Hay and onto Wilcannia, a historic town on the Darling River. It is hard to believe when you look at the state of the mighty Darling that this was a busy ... read more
Warri Gate

Oceania » Australia » Victoria » Echuca July 22nd 2013

A few ‘Stats’ for our trip ‘The Wrong Way Around’ As well as an amazing experience, we saw some incredible regions and places within this great country; many of which we know we will return to on future trips we have planned. Some of the spots we loved and would like to return to are The Eyre Peninsular, South West WA, The Northern Kimberley and the Gulf Country. ‘Evergreen favourites’, The Flinders Ranges and the interior of this country are always on our list. But, in this Blog, the last for this trip, I thought some of you may be interested in a few statistics…so here they are. · It is a long way around this country and we could have doubled these kilometres but you cannot do everything in one trip; you have to leave ... read more
Warra Station ... beachside camping.
Pentecost River with Cockburn Ranges in background.
Dinner at sunset, Katherine Gorge.

Oceania » Australia » Victoria » Echuca July 16th 2013

Signs we have seen along the way Our fantastic trip “The Wrong Way Around’ has finished and we have settled on a base in Echuca, Victoria, on the Murray where we already have the map out planning our next trip. Birdsville Races in September are looking good, but we also want to return to the Flinders Ranges, a place we love and one of the most underrated regions within Australia. Anyway, on our travels we took quite a few photos of signs. Some were just demonstrating remoteness, others information, others were quirky and some were just plain unique. We wanted to share a few of these with you that we hope you find of interest for one reason or another and so here they are are..enjoy!... read more
BBQ's in the bush on Sundays!
Croc warning signs.

Oceania » Australia » Victoria » Echuca March 11th 2013

When we left in November the plan was to explore Victoria. Well we've crossed the Murray River and have only just touched down to our destination. We travel at a relaxed pace and do as we please, Victoria will still be here when we explore the state more fully. Finding Betts Beach near Echuca to camp was simply delightful until we realised it was a long weekend in Victoria and in rolled the masses. Entertainment was on tap for us, people watching and chatting to locals but we are secretly pleased they've cleared out tonight and we can get back to our old fart lifestyle.... read more
Private and Shady
What Long Weekend?
Taj Mahal

Oceania » Australia » Victoria » Echuca January 11th 2013

The south east coast of NSW is really quite beautiful with stunning beaches and national parks everywhere. We have just been cruising on down, stopping at the small towns on the way, walking their boardwalks, strolling their white sandy beaches and viewing their turquoise coloured bays. Campsite tonight is high on a hill overlooking the twinkling lights of the next town that we will visit tomorrow which is called Bega, famous for its cheese so the cheese factory tour is most definitely on our tick list! One of my Christmas presents was an electric keyboard, something that I have been harping on about wanting to play for more years than I care to remember so if all goes to plan and I practice as I should I may be able to play something on it maybe ... read more
Camp site by the sea
Fern track
Pete at Tarra Bulga

Oceania » Australia » Victoria » Echuca December 21st 2012

Geo: -36.1287, 144.748Victoria, Halls Gap 13th December to Echuca 20th DecemberHope we didn't confuse anyone with the date on the last blog, we were one day out. We seem to be having difficulty keeping track of the date here.After leaving the high land of the Grampians we rough camped in a National Park near Maryborough where we saw no-one. Unfortunately there were not many birds around either. It was strange being on our own about 3 kilometres from the road. From there we travelled to Maldon in the gold mining area of Victoria. We didn't intend to stay there but when we visited the Information Centre the man was so helpful that we felt we had to stay. He contacted birding friends to find where to go for birds so we had to go back and ... read more
Bendigo Town Hall and Clocktower
Pretty verandahs
Rosalind Park Fernery

Oceania » Australia » Victoria » Echuca May 30th 2012

On top of the old slag heap above the town of Broken Hill is the Miners Memorial, a tribute to the more than 700 miners that have died since the zinc-lead-silver deposit was discovered in 1883. The Broken Hill itself has almost entirely disappeared and been replaced by a large slag heap. BHP Billiton started here, but worked out its claim by 1939. The ore body is approximately shaped like a large boomerang on edge and BHP had the middle on/near the surface. The two ends are still being mined, but the miners are now Chinese and Japanese firms, and the mining is underground. The town has lots of old buildings, but nothing as spectacular as Kalgoorlie. On the 26th we came south to Mildura on the Murray River, and into Victoria for the first time. ... read more
Development opportunity
Near Mildura
From Victoria

Oceania » Australia » Victoria » Echuca May 11th 2012

Hannah and I had now been living a few months back in Melbourne and were ready to get away for a weekend, especially after an emotional week with my Nana passing away. We were booked into a lovely but unusual themed hotel in the small country town of Echuca on the border of Victoria and New South Wales, right on the Murray River. After work on the Friday night I made my way to Hannah’s work and we drove straight to Echuca from there, the drive taking a little over 2 hours. We arrived around 8PM and were starving so we headed straight into town for some dinner before making our way to the hotel and checking into our unbelievable Egyptian themed room, complete with a massive spa bath. 12/05/2012 – The next morning ... read more

Oceania » Australia » Victoria » Echuca January 5th 2012

Happy New Year from Oz. Christmas in Melbourne was a quiet affair with a good lunch in the warm sunshine at the waterfront followed by a free bus-ride back to the campsite to watch an almighty thunderstorm with bullet like hailstones. The small shiny surfaced caravan pitched next to us was covered with dents, making it resemble beaten copper. The roof of our van is too high to get a decent look at so hopefully it’s made of stronger stuff or part of my excess has just disappeared. Boxing Day saw us at the cinema watching of all things Mission Impossible, partly as a result of the other shows all pre-booked and sold out. In the film the Americans in the form of Tom Cruise predictably saved the world (again) but it was entertaining stuff all ... read more
Melbourne Flinders station
Australia v India 1
12 Apostles

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