Blogs from Victoria, Australia, Oceania


Oceania » Australia » Victoria November 27th 2015

This news is more than a month old already, so let’s get us all up to date. Haven't heard of Barwon Heads? How about "Pearl Bay"? Pearl Bay is the fictitious location for the ABC TV series "SeaChange". It is a lovely little seaside holiday destination not far from Geelong. While recovering from Peter's oral surgery (tooth removal), we spent our time here bike riding, geocaching and "threatening" to go fishing! The weather was stunning the day we arrived, but after that it was just ordinary. We also explored the Bellarine Peninsular and ventured as far west as the famous Bells Beach. On departure from Barwon Heads we headed back to the farm.... near Horsham just for a couple of days. Lockie and Tracey's friends were having a clearing sale on their property the day after ... read more
The famous Bells Beach
The old flour mill at Portarlington
Point Lonsdale Lighthouse

Oceania » Australia » Victoria November 26th 2015

This week has been a fairly quiet one on the tourist front. We both worked the Beaufort Street Festival, but at two separate places. I worked at restaurant called 'meatballs' (lol). And James for a bar called 'must'. As much as I am glad I worked the day as it paid for a good weeks rent, it was a loooong day. I designated myself to glasswasher due to the absolute shambolic running of the restaurant. It was the first day of opening, which meant new staff, new menu, and minimal organisation. Skinny black jeans, hundreds of thousands of people, and no structure equals hell. The owners were nice, and they had stereotypical classic Italian names like 'Giovanni' and 'Sal'. They wore gold chains like they were part of the mafia. Maybe they were who knows. On ... read more
Our new car πŸš™πŸš™
Cruisin 😎

Oceania » Australia » Victoria » Melbourne November 22nd 2015

Friday 20 November It has rained overnight and is overcast. We chatted for quite a while last night and catching up. A slow start to the day and Paul had very kindly taken the day off, so we took a trip in Melbourne city. We took the local train service and then ambled around, until meeting Fran for lunch. Whilst on the train we were standing and two young ladies who were sitting offered Paul and I their seats. That's a first for me and I must be getting old. Then back to Northcote arriving at 3.15 pm. In the evening we drove to visit Paul's cycle shop and the across the road to Chu Manchu for some Vietnamese food for our dinner. A stop for ice cream on the way home and watched houses in ... read more

Oceania » Australia » Victoria » Melbourne November 19th 2015

Wednesday 18 November 378 kilometers driven yesterday. The main highway is not far away and you can hear the road trains roaring passed through the night but we got a reasonable nights sleep. We showered and readied and left the motel about 9.30 am. Pat was well after her first alcohol for a while and no suffering. We had a some purchases to make and stopped first at Woolworths. Then popped into Mount Gambier and looked at the cave gardens in the centre of town. Then on to a coffee shop, where we had coffee and croissants to start the day. We had a quick look at the town then off. Our first stop was going to be Portland area and we pootled along. Pine forests are still predominating and also the trucks carrying the logs, ... read more

Oceania » Australia » Victoria » Port Campbell November 11th 2015

Daar is ie weer! A brand new blog van ThuisAroundTheWorld. We zijn indertussen in het zuiden van AustraliΓ« beland en hebben meer dan 4000 km gereden. Ons campertje houdt het nog goed. Sinds de vorige blog zijn we via Canberra door de snowy mountains naar de zuidkust afgezakt. In Canberra hebben we wat culturele dingetjes meegepakt. Vooral het war memorial museum was zeer indrukwekkend, nu er extra aandacht wordt besteed aan de eerste wereld oorlog aangezien het 100 jaar geleden is. In de snowy mountains hebben we Mt. Kosciuszko beklommen waar sommige van jullie wellicht de foto van hebben gezien op Facebook. Na deze beklimming hebben we een helse tocht van 150 km over onverharde wegen dwars door de bergen doorstaan. Hierbij kwam nog een extra verrassing dat onze tank bijna leeg was. Maar, we hebben ... read more

Oceania » Australia » Victoria » Melbourne November 7th 2015

Day 23 (6/11/2015) Last day in Cobram & it’s another wet one. A couple of lengthy downpours & the sore knee make it difficult to get out & about. Staying indoors & resting up seems to be the best thing to do. Day 24 (7/11/2015) Departed Cobram at 8AM & arrived in Cranbourne at 1PM. Had an extremely gusty head wind for the entire trip home which pushed the fuel economy up. Not much you can do about it except push on & get home. Traffic shocking as we came through Bulleen with cars bumper to bumper before getting on Eastlink the rest of the way. Glad to get home & see the doctor about my knee. Possible ligament strain is the prognosis, but need to monitor it for a week. If still sore I will ... read more

Oceania » Australia » Victoria » Melbourne » CBD November 5th 2015

I haven't posted in a while and missed the whole outback and Adelaide. I figured I'd write about Melbourne now because it's a cool city and I have lots to write about. I'll get back to the outback later because it was such an amazing, unique experience that I want to take my time writing about it to do it justice. I've spent the last 3 days in Melbourne and it's unlike any city I've ever been in before. If I had to describe it in one word it would be quirky. There are a ton of little cafes, ice cream shops, bars, shops and they're all in these intricate alleys. It's very confusing and difficult to find your way around. People here are very artistic almost in a San Francisco kind of way. One of ... read more

Oceania » Australia » Victoria » Cobram November 5th 2015

Day 22 (5/11/2015) Got out early & headed to Shepparton. Saw the Ardmona SPC clearance outlet which sells food CHEAP. The rain closed in pretty early making for a rather bleak day; darting from shop to shop in between the rain. Had lunch at the Shepparton RSL. $10 meals including Barramundi or Roast among several others. Headed back via Numurkah where it pelted down with visibility limited to less than 50 metres with windscreen wipers on the fastest setting. Returned to the caravan park at Cobram to find it flooded after they had 32MM of rain. About 2 hours after getting back the heavens opened again, flooding the caravan park with another 21MM & leaving many people unable to get out of their caravans. The knee was extremely painful today as I try to not use ... read more

Oceania » Australia » Victoria » Cobram November 4th 2015

Day 19 (2/11/2015) Stepped in a covered drain hole 2 days ago (covered by grass) twisting my knee & the pain has become more pronounced. Spent the afternoon at the hospital getting my right knee checked. Need to have an MRI when I get back home to see what the problem is. Doctor thinks the ligaments along the inside of the knee are damaged, but to what extent is unknown. Got given a prescription for Morphine tablets which are rather powerful. They alleviate the pain really fast but accentuate the effect when you drive or drink. Hence I am swapping painkillers depending on if we are staying in or going out. Day 20 (3/11/2015) The caravan park put on a free breakfast for all the patrons. We enjoyed bacon, eggs & sausages which were all tasty ... read more

Oceania » Australia » Victoria » Cobram November 1st 2015

Day 17 (31/10/2015) Proposterous weather with thunder, lightning & teeming rain, followed by heat & no sign of the storm. This alternates regularly throughout the day. Flies are stickier than chewing gum on your shoe; you need bloody good insect repellent here as well as a hat net or you end up eating flies! Visited Tocumwal just down the road for the local markets on a Saturday morning which was quite pleasant (once the sun came out) & lots of good produce on display. Went out to the Barooga Sports Club which is quite a nice facility. They also send a bus to pick you up & take you home so that you don’t have to drink drive! Day 18 (1/11/2015) Woken up at some ungodly hour by massive thunder & lightning which rocked the caravan. ... read more

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