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Oceania » Australia » Victoria » Horsham June 27th 2015

Greetings from Victoria! Yes we are officially back in our home state! And its getting colder and colder..... Brrrr Before we headed off from the beautiful city of Adelaide, we visited the Adelaide Zoo, just across the road from our digs, amongst the picturesque botanical gardens. Its not the biggest zoo we've seen but for the space they had available, it was pretty good. Apparently their sister zoo, at Manarto, houses all the larger range animals, lions, zebras, giraffes etc. But we managed to see a fair bit and its a stunning environment. One thing I especially loved was a giant Morten Bay fig that they planted there in 1878. It was a real ripper and formed part of the monkey enclosure! We visited the meer cats, otters, cassowaries, and hippos. The baboons were their usual ... read more
Adelaide zoo
Adelaide zoo
Adelaide zoo

Oceania » Australia » Victoria » Horsham January 9th 2015

Half way between Brimpaen and Wonwondah! From Portland we took the Henty Highway to travel to Mockinya which is 30km south of Horsham. Our friends Lockie and Tracey have lived at Rosebank, Mockinya for 15 years. We stayed with them exactly 3 years ago and had a lovely Christmas with them. This year we intended to travel to Adelaide for Christmas, so a stopover with these wonderful friends was a definite must. Once we got there, Lockie put us to work. The first job was to resurrect the small tank stand.... read more
Up goes the tank
ooops!
OK let's try that again.

Oceania » Australia » Victoria » Horsham January 8th 2015

Here is news flash. We take a break in our normal transmission to bring you some pictures of what has been happening over the past few days. Saturday 2nd January was very hot. It was a great day to go for a drive in the air-conditioned car to sit in the air-conditioned restaurant and enjoy a gastronomic feast. You'll hear more about that in the next regular edition of the blog. As we lunched, a storm came over and had cleared by the time we departed. Then.... Just click on the Additional photos below button or scroll down to see photos.... read more
Local inhabitants are a bit freaked out...
A wind storm had passed through here while we enjoyed lunch.
One of our first glimpses of the fire.

Oceania » Australia » Victoria » Horsham December 18th 2013

Arrived in Horsham following a beautiful drive through some great farming country with fields of wheat and hay some still to be harvested.Passed through some small towns and hamlets.stopped for morning tea at Nhill quaint town.On arriving in Horsham you can see the Grampians in the distance, must see. Obligatory visit to the Information center before we settled into a C/P just out of town. Once settled we headed for some local lakes and recreation reserves just out of town.Major Mitchell once past this way in the 1800's and there is an historical marker beside one of the lakes to commemorate this, a reminder of how dedicated these early explorers were.The lakes are used by locals and tourist alike for water sports and fishing although it was quiet when we visited which is sometimes how we ... read more
Nhill
Nhill
Nhill

Oceania » Australia » Victoria » Horsham September 24th 2013

Its all about the journey This entry is dedicated to Eugene, my colleague in the UK, who keeps telling folk that Marg and I have gone walkabout. This little trip has definitely taken on that feeling of being ‘unstructured’. Perhaps it is the first sign of losing one’s marbles… As an example, we were telling folks for weeks that we would be heading East and up the coast before heading across southern NSW. So the first change was to head towards western Victoria, a change bought on with the realisation that school holidays were due to start at the end of the week, and there was a good chance that the East coast locations would be busy with school age holiday makers. School age holiday makers and grey nomads are a bit like oil and water… ... read more
Lake Ratzcastle at dusk
Hattah-Kulkyne N.P
Ring Neck Parrot - Mallee genus

Oceania » Australia » Victoria » Horsham April 18th 2013

Here are some photos that we have taken on the way from Tasmania and up through The Wimmera.... read more
Devonport
Rolling Hills Tassie
Grain Silos

Oceania » Australia » Victoria » Horsham January 12th 2012

Blog 24 - Christmas 2011 We left Ballarat on Monday 19thDecember, heading towards Horsham and our friends, Lockie and Tracey’s property 30 km out of town. We could afford to travel at a slow pace as they did not expect us to arrive until Wednesday. We stopped at a rest area just west of Stawell, by a small lake with a perfect sunset (except for the constant noise from passing B-doubles – all night!). On Tuesday we left the van at a park and went off to explore the area. The township of Stawell is where “the Stawell Gift” foot racing event is held at Easter time each year. 60 events over 3 days, the prize for the major race is $40,000. Get your running shoes on! There is history of gold mining in the area ... read more
The Brambuk National Park and Cultural Centre
The Big Koala
Dream machine

Oceania » Australia » Victoria » Horsham April 13th 2011

The journey began yesterday, 12th April 2011, with my solo adventure around Australia. I left home with my Mum waving me off as I tried very unsuccessfully not to cry, and as I drove up my street, I wondered what the hell I was doing. My road trip started with major detours, road works and getting a little lost along the way on an 8hour drive South East of Adelaide, yet despite these very minor setbacks, I found myself camped under a picturesque mountain in the Grampians. Never mind the cold conditions and constant drizzle, I found that I was relieved to be here. And when I say 'here' I don't just mean here in Victoria, but here on this trip. With fatigue peaking after a long drive of interruptions, I noticed that I didn't get ... read more

Oceania » Australia » Victoria » Horsham March 14th 2011

Kangaroo Island was such a treat, but not what I expected at all! I had imagined a small island teaming with wildlife and not much else, perhaps a bit rustic etc, with a campsite or two and some basic accommodation. In fact, Kangaroo Island (or KI as the locals refer to it) is 155km in length, and there are farms (wheat, sheep, cattle, honey), fishing towns, forests, towering sand dunes, cliffs, white white beaches, rocks and cliffs, and wildlife to boot. Pristine. And despite the expected cold weather which we did in fact have, we had a marvelous time, though there was just so much to do, it was not as restful as I had expected. Paul had fortunately booked us at a self-catering cabin that was quite central, so it made it easier for us ... read more
2 William holds orphan possum
3 Me and LuLu
4 Paul gets attacked..

Oceania » Australia » Victoria » Horsham December 29th 2009

Day 247 - Port Wakefield (South Australia) to Lockiel Rest Area (Victoria) Don't get us wrong, the blog title is in no way disrespectful to Port Wakefield and we don't wish to sound ungrateful, we’re just longing to be back in our little caravan and back on the road. Hopefully that will be today. Ken from Parrish Motors seemed pretty positive so we’re taking him at his word! No pressure!! We gather our belongings and with most of them loaded in the car Dar heads over to the caravan whilst I finish the Boxing Day Test blog and get that uploaded. My Dad goes into hospital today for his heart by-pass op so our thoughts are half on the job in hand and half thinking about him and Mum. Dar got going pretty early round to ... read more
The closest we came to entering the Museum
Beautiful murals in Port Wakefield
More murals




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