Friday, 12 June 2020

Grampians Edge Caravan Park, Dadwells Bridge Vic

June long weekend and back to Dadwells Bridge probably stayed here 4 times over the years camped in the now powered section great spot a LWE shared with friends as usual. Noce to get oot after 13 weeks of lockdown due to Covid restrictions

Not a lot done other then catching up and cooking some great meals

Friday, 13 March 2020

Dead River Beach, Cobram VIC

Another long weekend at Dead River beach, Cobram although cut short by thousands of cockatoos we left lunch time on the Sunday (Monday PH) to give us enough time to clean the van and car. We were warned by a fellow camper before we set up when he said “few cockatoos around here” pointing up into the tress above where we placed the van under. Lessons learned !!! “look above before setting up camp” and “listen to wise advice from fellow campers”

Arrived home Sunday afternoon, spent the afternoon trying to high pressure wash off the poo and ended up buying a foaming unit for the washer on the Monday morning to foam the van, all in all around 5 hours cleaning car (part done) van and dog, took the dog for a bath as well

Thursday, 30 January 2020

Dead River Beach, Cobram VIC

Australia Day long weekend:
Arrived late afternoon on the Thursday where (Hutchie, Wendy, Keith & Broony) had arrived a little earlier, great location facing the river as with other trips to this location. Late night with a few drinks and lots of laughter, others arriving around 10pm (Graeme, Vicki, Malcolm & Nikki)

A few days of basically doing nothing, few drinks in the afternoon’s & evenings, short drive to look at other areas around where we camped all in all a very easy weekend with friends.

Weather was brilliant, lots of sunshine no clouds as well as a lot of time in the river with the dogs an enjoyable few days

Sunday, 19 January 2020

Eyre Peninsula, SA

Christmas 2019

Day 1 & 2 Home to Robinvale

We decided to leave xmas morning and headed to Robinvale Riverside Caravan Park which I only booked the day prior as the temps were forecasted to be in the mid 40’s. arrived early afternoon set up and basically stayed around the park. 2nd day drive out to the Euston lock & Weir #15 (certainly visited a number of these over the years) then went a little off road to Murrumbidge Junction where the Murrumbidgee and Murray Rivers meet. That afternoon the temp was becoming a pain so off  to the Euston Rec club for a few beers

Day 3 Robinvale to Morgan
Off early heading for an overnight at Morgan via Renmark stopped first at the “most outback Hotel in Victoria” @ Werrimul unfortunately only opened certain hours / days of the week. Picked up a few things in Renmark arrived at Morgan CP without a booking and managed to get a powered Site for the night set up and off to town (500m away) for a few drinks at the local Pub again the Temp was in mid 40s. A walk around the park and river followed by a few drinks with the people behind us.

Day 4 Morgan to Whyalla
On the way out of the park grabbed a coffee from a little trailer which is parked out the front selling coffee, donuts and ice creams would do a roaring trade there now given the temps. Stop ay Burra Made our way to Whyalla stopping off at Aldi to get some highly recommended “Belgium woffles” from the guy we befriended last night, Arrived without a booking and managed to get a powered site again (luck has been on our side) as we intended to “free camp” along the way but the weather was too hot. Spent the afternoon driving around some of the local attractions Marina, Hammock Hill lookout, Flinders & Freycinet Lookout followed sunset on the beach 

Day 5 Whyalla to Tumby Bay  
Up early for Sunrise om the beach and Dropped into the Tourist info & HMAS Whyalla on our way out of town to get some info before heading out with no destination planned but we though Tumby Bay looked the best to stop over give a short distance we decided to look along the way incase something caught our eye. Stopped at the Silos @ Cowell, Port Gibbon, Anno Bay and Port Neil
Arrived at Tumby Bay no booking but managed to get an unpowered for 1st night and powered 2nd night after setting up into town Walk along the Jetty and a beer at the local Pub followed by afternoon snacking.
Day 6 Tumby Bay
Moved van to powered Site then spent the morning looking around town and doing the “art trail” followed by seafood lunch at the pub and managed to find more “art” in the afternoon walk along the beach at the SLSC

Day 7 Tumby bay to Port Lincoln
Short drive from Tumby bay to Port Lincoln arrived at the Park, huge drive through sites park is about 15 km north of the town itself and a short walk to the beach and the local Pub. Afternoon into Port Lincoln for a look around, tourist info, coffee

Day 8 Port Lincoln
Up early for our traditional Sunrise viewing then into the Tourist info for a day pass into the Lincoln national Park spent the morning driving around the par until just before lunch noticed a problem with the power steering on the car we headed out so not to get caught broken down within the park. Made our way into a Supercheap store wand waited for the RAA mechanic (roadside assist) to come found no fluid in the power steering reservoir so topped up and arrange for us to bring it into their work shop next morning @7:30 to have a look

Day 9 Port Lincoln
Took car into mechanics, dropped off walked into town for breakfast and spent the time looking around.  9:30 car fixed a hose had dislodged (probably due to vibrations on corrugations in the national park) Seafood lunch in town at a local cafe best we had in the whole trip, Drive around town and made our way to the Pub at the Marina (cheapest drinks all trip) afternoon back at the caravan park. packed and hitched up for an early start

Day 10 Port Lincoln to Streaky Bay
Short drive stopping at Coffin Bay, Elliston and Venus Bay arrived at Island Caravan Park for 4 nights pre booked less then 10mins from town set up camp walked over to beach and a walk around town

Day 11 Streaky Bay
Visiting Murphys Haystacks and a drive around the Westwall way loop coastline before heading to the pub for a lunch, cold, a little rain afternoon spent back in the van and evening watching DVDs

Day 12 Streaky Bay
Spentent the morning driving around Cape Bauer Loop walked over to the 2 islands at low tide which are opposite the CP, afternoon spent washing clothes, snacking

Day 13 – Streaky bay -Peterborough 
Up early again for sunrise only morning while we were there that was not overcast headed home stopping at Kimba stopping at the silo art & big Galah. Made our way to Peterborough where we free camped overnight

Day 14 Peterborough – Home
Left Peterborough early was making good time and decided to continue home. 15 days. Neary 4000 kms travelled and a lot of memories were had