A long way from water!
If there is one place in Victoria that seems to attract us like a magnet it is Rutherglen. Can’t imagine why … it’s freezing this time of year. Even colder than Canberra and that was pretty cold.
There are always surprises to be found when travelling. Needing fuel, we detoured into Holbrook just off the Hume Highway. In the middle of town was a real submarine. Yes, you read right … a real submarine. Well the top half of one at least.
It’s interesting to see the ingenious ends towns will go to, to stop their town from dying. Finding an historic person of some significance with the same name as the town, this creative community used this tenuous link to build a tourist attraction around it. Clever.
Holbrook was the name of the Captain of the HMAS Otway, the first submarine to sink a German ship in the Darnell’s, or something along those lines. The town of Holbrook has become the adopted home of the submarine squadron. There are other large bits on display, a submarine museum and Café Submarine. This gem of a café appeared to be a local community initiative employing and training
local youth. Food, presentation and service was immaculate. They proudly displayed all the Good Food awards won over the years.
The Rutherglen Caravan Park is another gem. Certainly not for its amenities block, but for the hospitality and friendliness of its management and the patrons. Five pm is happy hour. A campfire heralds the time and location. This is a relatively small park with many repeat customers so it would appear a little rude not to show up. We got lots of tips on places to stay at and those that offer good service and good value. This particular group of people were … dare we say … ‘typical grey nomads’ some living in their vans travelling on a shoestring with others doing half and half free camping and caravan parks or like us mainly caravan parks. Seems there are many pubs that allow people to camp on the premises in exchange for buying a beer. As most of these people joked, the pub usually comes off best as more than one beer is often drunk along with meals purchased.
Our ears pricked up as one couple raved about a stay in Pinnaroo. It had been
a caravan club visit for a weekend and they were looked after royally.
Shades of Apollo Bay. We were up at 1am putting up the awning as it had become really gusty. This was followed by quite a bit of rain.
Monday was wine tasting day. On a Happy Hour recommendation, we tried Andersons Winery and then later in the day Campbells, an old favourite. In between discovering that Monday is not a good day to find lunch dining spots open, we finished up in one of the numerous pubs in town. Nice lunch too.
During the night something was running around on the roof of the caravan. A possum no doubt!
Morning came … and a very chilly morning it was. Seems like everyone was moving on today ... perhaps to somewhere warmer. Some were gone by 7.30am. A bit keen we thought!
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