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Oceania » Australia » Victoria » Sunbury (Australia) April 9th 2015

OMG. I went to Suspension City in North Melbourne today to check on the Troopy suspension. I have added approximately 400kg to the Troopy (draws, water, goodies etc) and I was a little worried my poor Troopy was sagging. Well sagging is an understatement. The experts at Suspension city confirmed Troopy was a feeling a bit down and needed a lift. It took them three hours this morning to give Troopy an 11cm lift from the back. It is now so high I need an extension ladder to get in. This will make it easier to get through the OTL as I was a little worried about the back end not making it through the entries or exits. Should be ok now. I also bit the bullet and got a brand new winch.... read more
Looking up

Oceania » Australia » Victoria » Bendigo April 7th 2015

3 BIG days at Bendigo was the best fun. They put on a great festival there plus the weather was perfect! Face painting, rides, kids activities, parade ect. From Hollys place (thanks Holly) in Bendigo to the Ladds in Mildura via Swan Hill on the 6th. Rained and cold in Mildura which was unusual and luckily we stayed inside at Linda, Olly, jack and dougs. Just one night in Midura and was great to catch up with the Ladds. The kids hit it off and played so well and Freya and Jack were like besties! In the morn went to Woodsies crystals. Kids had a ball in the crystal cave. Then off to Berri via Renmark. 1st bush camp! 2 nights at Martins Bend was so good. Checked out Berri and Renmark over 2 days. Next ... read more
Bendigo swing ride
Swan Hill

Oceania » Australia » Victoria » Melbourne » Eltham April 6th 2015

Is the third time a charm? Kel and I desert our children (not that they're children), for six weeks to walk northwards through Portugal from Lisbon to Santiago. It's been more than a tough few working months. I calculated that by the middle of the year I'll have spent more than half of the year out of Australia (that's counting this trip, but still). Saudi Arabia, where the work has primarily been, is at once the most exotic and the most boring place to visit. Exotic in the sense of being foreign and boring in the sense that we commonly understand it. The four weeks in Riyadh last month was too long to spend in a city were Fridays resemble Melbourne Sundays in the 1960s. When one is living in a compound with 20 foot high ... read more

Oceania » Australia » Victoria » Shepparton April 3rd 2015

We're off. 3rd April 2015 is the start of our adventure! Only a short trip to Bendigo for the Easter festival. Staying and holly, Misha and Maya's new awesome house. These guys were the best neighbours ever! The girls are having a ball playing with Maya. Holly got the girls tickets in the Easter egg hunt, great fun! Then we went n the tea cup ride and finished off with "fairy fluff". Love Bendigo!... read more
Fairy Fluff. Bendigo

Oceania » Australia » Victoria » Port Campbell April 3rd 2015

This post finds me in Melbourne, Australia for Easter weekend; but the story begins some months before in Roos, England over the Christmas holiday. Julia and I were vising her family in Roos for Christmas, and one of my gifts was a Xmas card requesting that she set aside the Easter weekend for a surprise holiday (combined xmas and birthday gift). Not much more was said about Easter Weekend until two weeks prior to departure, when I sent her an email outlining what she needed to pack – but still gave no clue as to where we were headed (in fact I stipulated that I would not discuss the trip/destination and that it would be cancelled if the topic was raised)… All along I’d given hints and clues that suggested a weekend in New Zealand – ... read more
31 March - Merry Birthday and Happey Xmas
2 April - AKL airport
Day 1(D1) - Geelong waterfront

Oceania » Australia » Victoria » Inverloch April 2nd 2015

Last day at work and 6 more sleeps to go! Goodbye Basscoast, hello the open road and on to the next chapter in this occasionally turbulent, always chaotic, family centric, love and laugh filled life that is Lynn! Sad to go, sorry to say goodbye to some very lovely people that have seen the fun AND the dark side of me, BUT! super super excited for the future ESPECIALLY the next 3 months! Looking forward to red dust, magnificent oceans, snappy crocodiles, oh yes the fivesies with the grey nomads..,. (okay the OTHER grey nomads, we are part of them now...sigh...). And most especially the massive ancient old trees in the Daintree, that's our Very first real stop and I'm going to sit very, very quietly under the biggest tree possible and breathe... Yep, just breathe... ... read more

Oceania » Australia » Victoria » Sunbury (Australia) March 31st 2015

The trip is getting closer now. The Outback drawers are in. Look good and very practical. With only 42 days left (yes I know I have a countdown) before we take off time is now running out. I even starting packing the drawers today to test to see how things will fit in. the next and last big piece is adding a new winch. The one I had broke on the last trip. Winch will get in next week.... read more
Outback Drawers
Water tank inlet
Water tap

Oceania » Australia » Victoria » Melbourne March 31st 2015

The Great Ocean Road to Melbourne We left Adelaide on Mon 2 Mar and drove to Robe to join the Great Ocean Road. We spent the night on a campsite near the sea. Although we. Weren't there long, Robe seemed to be a nice resort for a family holiday. On the 3rd we continued our journey along the GOR heading for Port Fairy. We stopped at Mt Gambier to look at some volcanic lakes one of which was Blue Lake, which now provides the water for Mt Gambier. Port Fairy is a picturesque seaside town with lots of cafes and individual shops but also boasts a drive through Bottle Store (off-licence). We spent the night here before heading off towards Lorne on the 4th. On the way we had to stop and photograph a road sign ... read more
Our own little piece of Oz!
Great Ocean Rd selfie!

Oceania » Australia » Victoria » Port Campbell March 31st 2015

I woke up with cold feet which was very strange. I looked around and noticed that the window (right next to my feet) was open and a cool breeze was blowing in. In fact, it was almost cold and there was mist swirling around outside. This is quite common (sea mist) along the coast. We had a quick breakfast and drove to the Loch Ard Gorge carpark and explored the area, including the famous gorge. The gorge is named after the clipper ship, which ran aground in June 1878 after three months sailing from England. Only two of the 54 passengers and crew survived. Tom Pearce, a fifteen years old ships apprentice, was washed ashore and, hearing cries for help, went back into the water to attempt to save Eva Carmichael, a 17 year old Irish ... read more
Loch Ard Gorge again
Looking out to sea from Loch Ard Gorge
The Loch Ard beach

Oceania » Australia » Victoria » Sale March 31st 2015

Saturday 28th March 2015 What a special day! Started off with John’s weekend breakfast of bacon, silver beet and poached egg on toast, then off in the new van on our 16th wedding anniversary. Can’t get much better than that! We traveled rather sedately, the roads were wet from the light drizzle we were experiencing and Rags was very aware that he had a new van in tow. Normally he watches his rear view and gets a little stressed when someone sits on his tail. We now have a rear view camera displaying what is behind us and Rags was quite content to let them pass us when they could. Lang Lang was our first stop, this little town only about 50kms from Somerville. We walked up and down the main street of this well ... read more
Willow Park - first stop
Mist over the Snowy River early morning
Boardwalk at the Sale Common walk trail.

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