Day 41 19-03-14
Left Upper Lansdowne and travelled to Thornton, near Maitland, with an quick detour into Tea Gardens and Hawks Nest, which were lovely places.
Spent the night at Margaret & Terry Writer's house. Margaret is Cathy's Cousin. Had a terrific night with a few tipples.
Day 42 20-03-14
Left Thornton and travelled onto Mudgee and then onto Ilford, where we overnighted at a Rest Area near the Town. We had plenty of company, as it seems to be a popular spot.
Day 43 21-03-14
We left a very chilly Ilford and headed into Lithgow. We checked in at the Tourist Information Centre and the decided to travel over to Bathurst and on to Cowra. We were going to stay at the Showgrounds at Cowra, but after receiving slight damage to the van getting into the camp ground we left. Of course, it didn't help that the camping area was the most run down one we have ever struck, with derelict looking power boxes and long uncut grass.
We motored onto Grenfell, where we fuelled up and found a free camp in the Lions Park, where the public Dump Point is located. Allowed to stay 2 to 3 days. Great spot.
Day 43 22-03-14
Checked out the historic main street in Grenfell, which is the Birthplace of one our most famous poets, Henry Lawson. There is a bust of Henry in Town. A Henry Lawson Festival is held here each June long weekend.
After coffee etc we headed off to see Ben Hall's Cave, where the bushranger hid from the authorities. The cave is in the Weddin Mountains National Park, some 48 klms from Grenfell. It is very rugged country and would have been very difficult to hide there with horses at the time of Hall's rampage.
Had neighbours for the night. Barry & Cherie are relatively local residents, who were going to try and sell some goods at the markets here tomorrow.
Day 44 23-03-14
Had breakfast and then visited the markets. Nothing much of interest to us on sale, so we headed off for a look at Forbes. Nice town and home to Ben Hall's grave.
We also located the grave of Kate Foster (nee Kelly) who was the sister of another famous bushranger, Ned Kelly.
Had lunch and headed home to our camp.
Day 45 24-03-14
Rained most of the night. The weather was very considerate and stopped raining while we hooked up. Off to West Wyalong, where we decided to stay for a couple of nights. Having lunch in the park, and met relatively new ACC Members, Margaret & Ian, who were travelling from their home in Adelaide to the Sunshine Coast. First fellow ACC Members we have met on our adventures.
Presently listening to the rain falling on the van roof. We are staying at the Ace Caravan Park. Reasonable price at $27 per night for 2 people.
Day 46 25-03-14
Woke to a rainy morning, which turned into a sunny day. Shopping and exploring West Wyalong. Nice little town.
Day 47 26-03-14
Checked out of the Ace Caravan Park and waited at nearby gardens to catch up with fellow Moreton Bay Drifters, Barb and Darryl Walker. Great to see them and we shared a very nice morning tea.
Set off towards Temora. We didn't stop there but continued onto Illado for an overnight stay in a great little rest area, across from the Pub and Store. Dinner at the pub. met some fellow Caravanners. Pub closed by 8:30pm. Off to Liquorish Factory tomorrow at Junee.
Day 48 27-03-14
Rainy morning. Had a late start, then onto Junee.
made the 10:00 am tour of the Liquorish & Chocolate Factory. Was the maiden tour for our guide, Jessica. She handled it and us very well. We were provided with plenty of samples during the tour. We were introduced to vertical Liquorish Bowling, which Ted won by a hair.
Then it was coffee in the Coffee Shop, before purchasing some of the varied wares in the shop, before heading to Gundagai.
We arrived in Gundagai about lunch time and after a visit to the Tourist Information Centre, we set up free camp at the Gundagai Pump House reserve. Great spot by the creek. At the moment we have it all to our selves.
Day 49 28-03-14
Another wet day. Spent the morning around the local area, including the "Dog on the Tucker Box"
After lunch it was on to Tumut for a look, and then on to Adelong, and the gold battery ruins.
Day 50 29-03-14
Rest Day today. Have new neighbours from Sydney.
Took photos from some of the lookouts.
The photo above shows our van on the right and our new neighbour's van.
We had a visit from a lone pelican today
Probably leaving here tomorrow.
Day 52 30-03-14
Packed up, filled up with water etc and headed off to Yass. Made a quick stop at Jungiong. Very busy so we pressed on.
Located an RV Parking area in town set up camp in a lovely spot along a creek under the trees.
Only downside is the poor TV reception.
Day 53 31-03-14
Decided to move towards Canberra, so packed up and head off. We stopped at a little place called Murrumbateman. Free camping was supposed to be available at the Recreation Ground, after making a donation at the local Post Office. The office is a volunteer one and was closed when we arrived. Spoke with some men working at the Men's Shed, who told us the arrangements were to pick a spot and call at the Post Office when it opens at 4pm.
We were joined by a couple in a Motorhome and he went to the Post Office and was virtually told to get lost. Both of us decided to move on next day, after catching up with the laundry.
Day 54 01-04-14
Headed out early and travelled back through Yass and Gundagai to Tarcutta, where we had morning tea. Great caravan parking area in town.
Headed out and stopped in Holbrook and had a look at the former Submarine "HMAS Ottway" in the park.
We called at the Tourist Information Centre and spoke with a very nice man called Cliff.
Lunch at a nearby cafe, which was great.
Onto Howlong, where we found a terrific free camp by the river. We met some fellow Queenslanders, Mark and Lyn. Very nice people.
Day 55 02-04-14
Shopping and fuel at Howlong.
After lunch we travelled to Rutherglen, Vic. Very old Town, checked out a few Antique Shops and then moved onto Chiltern, which seems to have more Antique and Second Hand shops than normal stores. Cathy got a bargain in one shop, scoring a bag of old jewellery for $5.00, which she will be able to recycle into her own hand made jewellery.
Day 56 03-04-14
Woke to a rainy, miserable day. Had Breakfast and after breaking camp, headed to Corowa.
We made a visit to the Corowa Whiskey and Chocolate Factory, which is a sister factory to the Junee Liquorice Factory. Chocolate was yum. Coffee was great to0.
Both properties were bought from the respective Councils for the princely sum of $1.00. Both were in a very neglected state.
From Corowa we travelled onto Berrigan for water and dump point, as the very unhelpful Corowa Council has removed tap handles from all of their dump points. Berrigan dump point is in a lovely park, which also contains the Berrigan Lions Club Caravan Park.
From their it was a wet drive, almost to Jerilderie, where we set up a free camp, along the river.
Day 57 04-04-14
Quiet night at Jerilderie with one other van and two Motor Homes.
Woke to overcast skies and drizzly showers. After breakfast, it was a quick pack up and after purchasing the cheapest fuel so far on this trip, we set off along the busy Newell Highway, before turning off towards the Village of Urana.
We arrived there about 11:00 am and booked into the Council Caravan Park for week. Lovely park and very friendly staff. Tariff $18 p/n for 2 Adults.
Caught up with the laundry and just chilled out on the banks of Lake Urana.
Day 58 05-04-14
Some shopping locally at Urana. Took a drive through Boree Creek, Morundah and back to Urana, under very overcast skies, with some showers. Both Boree Creek and Morundah are very small and have little in the way of services.
Day 59 06-04-14
Rest day, here in Urana. Chill out time.
Day 60 07-04-14
Sunny day. Off to Wagga Wagga for some pharmacy items and toilet chemicals etc. Wagga is about 1.5 hours from Urana. We had morning tea at Lockhart, in the Blue Bird Cafe, which is a 1950s Greek Cafe. The decor has been kept along with framed articles about the Cafe and its owners. Coincidentally, the owners came from the same Greek Island as quite a number of the Greek Cafe owners in Ipswich, when Ted was young.
Day 61 08-04-14
Another rest day. Ted walked into Urana Business Centre this morning and discovered a number of scrap metal sculptures.
This is a terrific Caravan Park and we would happily recommend it.
Day 62 09-04-14
Another rainy day.
After lunch we went back to Lockhart for some grocery shopping.
Did some more exploring.
Lockhart is known as the "Verandah Town" due to the shop awnings, providing shade to the footpaths.
The footpaths are paved, with designs and tiles commemorating historical facts and family roots.
Dotted around town are numerous sculptures, made from scrap metal, similar to those at Urana.
Day 63 10-04-14
Rain, Rain and more Rain.
Began some packing ready to head to Wagga Wagga tomorrow.
Day 64 11-04-14
Rain eased overnight. Luckily, we were able to pack up without getting drenched. Headed into Wagga Wagga and found ourselves free camping at Oura Beach Approx. 19 kms east of Wagga Wagga City centre.
Still a bit wet and some showers persist. Still its a lovely spot.
Day 65 12-04-14
Had a great nights sleep. Into Wagga Wagga for some shopping and then back home for a late lunch etc.
Day 66 13-04-14
Quick trip in to the nearest dump point and then sussed out the venue for the "Stone the Crows Festival" and made a visit to the Tourist Info Centre.
Lunch and then Laundry etc.
Day 67 14-04-14
What a day. Van battery low as Waeco was not set right overnight. Started generator to charge it, but the inline fuse blew. Off to Town for a replacement fuse. Almost home and cart fuse blew, as did adapters for cigarette lighter plug. Had a spare for the car, but not for the adaptors. They will have to wait until tomorrow.
Car booked in for service tomorrow, so fuses tomorrow.
Have more neighbours. I wonder how many are going to "Stone the Crows".
Day 68 15-04-14
Lovely morning again. After breakfast, it was into Wagga Wagga for fuses to get the adaptors working again. Returned home and replaced the fuse in the double adaptor without any problems, however, the extension lead to connect the Waeco to the car was another matter. It suffered a meltdown and was unusable. back into Supercheap Auto and purchased a Narva heavy duty lead. No problems with that one.
Day 69 16-04-14
Began to pack up camp ready for departure in the morning to Stone the Crows. Quick trip to the Dump Point for the toilet. Then last minute stock up for the weekend. We will be sorry to leave Oura Beach, as it is a wonderful spot.
Day 70 17-04-14
Well. What a sight. Fog and heavy dew everywhere. Bit nippy to pack up, but we managed.
Off to Wilks Park for water refill. We had to line up as there was a max exodus of vans and motorhomes, heading to Stone the Crows. A fifth wheeler was in front of us and during discussions, established that it could take up to an hour for him to empty waste and fill water tanks.
Fortunately for us, he was almost done, so there were not so many curses uttered. Filling up complete, we headed off to Stone the Crows.
What an amazing sight. So may RVs lined up, all going to the same venue.
We eventually made our way through the gate, where we were directed to our site. Thanks to an inept and cranky official, we managed to slightly damage the rear corner of the van. This will now have to be an Insurance claim on Tuesday. ***@@@@
Nevertheless, we put it behind us and decided to enjoy ourselves.
We were sited next to fellow ACC Members, Rob and Marg, who are somewhat famous to readers of Caravan and Motorhome magazine, as they travelled around Australia, and had there adventures documented in the magazine. They are a great couple.
The afternoon saw us attending the official welcome and we were entertained by the Wagga Wagga Accordion Band. They were very skilled musicians, but the music was a bit ancient.
Commentary was provided by Jim Haynes, who was part of Slim Dusty's travelling shows.
He was joined by a very talented 17 old girl named Kaitlin O'Donohue. She is a fantastic entertainer, and will no doubt, go a long way in the entertainment industry.
We registered for games etc. and look forward to a great time.
Happy Hour was round a fire near our van. We were fortunate enough to meet a lot of new people.
Day 71 18-04-14
Well, first day of competition. Ted's team in CrowFL, managed to progress to the third round, before being knocked out.
Visited the ACC Stand. new members being signed up and queries from interested parties being handled very efficiently by the capable members manning the stand.
Cathy attended the Ukelele lessons for beginners. Mostly a sales platform for the Tutor's merchandise.
Had happy hour around a campfire. Very welcome as the weather was quite cool.
Day 72 19-04-14
Had Breakfast and then off to Town. Gas bottle refill, some grocery shopping etc., while Cathy was at Ukelele lessons. Had Lunch and then watched some of the games competition and took photos.
Saturday night, saw Ted going to a great concert, hosted by Jim Haynes. Cathy was too chicken to brave the cold. Headliner was Darren Carr, a comedian/ventriloquist. Fabulous show, worthy of any top line auditorium.
Day 73 19-04-14
Attended a workshop on photography. Didn't learn anything new though. Also attended a workshop about writing for Magazines. Very informative, but I probably will not pursue this avenue, as there are too many rules and conditions.
Noticed an antique caravan, which was being used by one of the professional Bush poets.
More lessons for the budding minstrel.
Sunday night saw the Talent Quest finals. Great show, although very cold.
Day 74 21-04-14
Up at 6am. Freezing. Started to set up at the Open Day markets at 7am. Cathy managed to make a modest amount of profit, despite intense competition from other stall holders.
After Lunch, we decided to pack up and head off to avoid the rush, next morning.
We left the grounds, filled up with water at Wilks Park, Wagga Wagga, and then headed back to Oura Beach. Unfortunately, it was almost full, so off to Wantabadgery for two nights.
Unfortunately, the van bolt on folding step, fell to pieces, and had to be removed.
Day 75 23-04-14
Back into Wagga Wagga, still chasing mail, without success. Great job, Australia Post. NOT.
Lunch and then off south. Overnight between Glenrowan and Benalla at a Rest Stop. Very popular and very well set up. Cool night.
Day 76 24-04-14
Off this morning towards Shepparton. Had lunch at Wunghnu, pronounced One Ewe.Nice little town.
Had a quick stop at Benalla and visited the Information Centre.
Great ceramic feature in the park. Constructed of hand made tiles, it took 27 years to complete.
Travelled to Shepparton. Unable to park near the Chocolate Apple Factory, so we kept on towards Echuca. Overnight stop near Tongala turnoff. Freezing night.
Into Echuca, very busy. It suffered from a lack of available caravan parking, so it missed out on our dollars. We did make a stop at Bunnings, but could not find the gas heater we were looking for, so on towards Swan Hill.
Lunch at Gunbower and filled our water tanks.
Free camped at Lake Charm Rest area. Camp spots shown in Wikicamps, could not be located.
Day 77 25-04-14
Decided to retrace our steps towards Shepparton, due to lack of free camp spots near Swan Hill and the school holiday pricing of caravan parks. Paid a visit to Boort and then back into Kerang. Filled tanks again at Gunbower Overnight at Rich River Golf Resort at Moama. The club administers the dump point and allows free camping of up to 48 hrs on a grassy area near the tennis courts.
We had dinner at the club for a change.
Day 78 26-04-14
Travelled via Tongala and Mooroopna, where we had lunch at the award winning bakery and then onto Shepparton. Missed the chocolate apple factory again. Free camping at Casey's Weir, about 20kms from Benalla. Will stay two nights. Still cold at night. Lovely days.
We met Martin, who makes and sells A-Boards to businesses, to advertise on footpaths etc.he is also an accomplished musician.
Great yarn spinner.
Day 79 27-04-14
Quiet day. Mostly relaxing with a book or two.
Day 80 28-04-14
Packed off and headed towards Benalla. Visit to the chemist and then onto Yarrawonga.
Lunch at Maccas, after attending to toilet duty. Attempted to get a quote for tyres, but operator really did not want to be bothered, so we headed into Cobram and located the free camping area at Big Toms Beach on the banks of the Murray River.
Very cool weather, but not a bad camp.
Day 81 29-04-14
Arranged for new tyres to be fitted on 30-04-14. Had a look around town. Seems to be a nice town, with some interesting buildings, such as the Court House.
Rain this afternoon, which made the weather very very cool.
Day 82 30-04-14
Breakfast and then into town for tyres.
Purchased warmer clothes at the Op Shop. Good bargains.
Ted made an overdue visit to the barber and had his ears lowered.
Picked up the car and we were informed that the steering idler arm bushes, need to be replaced. Went to the Ford dealer, but spare parts man did not know what we were talking about. Great isn't it. Over to Repco and parts ordered, without any problems.
Grocery shopping and then back to camp.
Booked into Yarrawonga Holiday Park for weekend. Check in 01-05-14.
Day 83 01-05-14
Off to Yarrawonga, after picking up parts for car, arranging repairs and wheel alignment for 05/05/14. Also priced gas bottle refill at local caravan dealer. Refused to pay $34.
Booked into Yarrawonga Holiday Park. Quite a number of ACC members already in attendance. Set up camp and then attended our first Happy Hour of the weekend. Met lots a new faces.
Day 84 02-05-14
Awoke to a very cold day. Shopping in Yarrawonga. Laptop mouse decided to expire, so purchased a cheapy wireless mouse at Woolworths. Brought it home and found it faulty.
Happy Hour again. Great atmosphere.
The hearty fire certainly helped.
Day 85 03-05-14
Today is a cold wet day. Back up town for a replacement computer mouse. Bought the dearer one, I should have bought the first time. No problems.
Quiet day, until communal dinner in the camp kitchen. Great meal and company.
Entertainment was provided by a new band, at one time called "Four Play", until they became five.
Following the magnificent voices of the ACC members attending, a Fashion Parade
evolved. Not sure of the models, but the Three Stooges spring to mind.
Our Chairman Tom, provided us with an overview of where the Club is going and some problems that will have to be addressed. He then took questions from the floor, which I believe, was most beneficial to all attending members.
Day 85 04-05-14
Up early on a bitterly cold and windy morning, for breakfast in the Camp Kitchen, which we shared with a visiting Hot Rod Club. The proceeds were donated to Blazeaid. Very good cause.
A great time was had by all.
Spent the rest of the day yarning and packing up. Ted went to the very cold Happy Hour, while Cathy stayed in the warm van.
Then off for dinner at the Mulwalla Golf Club. Great meal and Ted won $15 on the pokies.
Day 86 05-05-14
Cold day again. Broke camp and headed to Post Office, as Telstra, were supposed to have delivered a Wi-Fi Mobile Hot Spot device to us there. Unfortunately, there was no delivery.
Over to Cobram for care repairs and wheel alignment. Contacted Telstra, who informed us that the order had been cancelled by their credit dept. Believe it, or not, a person in Ipswich, withe same Christian and Surname as my self has a credit default. We were advised to go to a Telstra Shop to sort it out and to take delivery of a device.
So it was back to Shepparton for this purpose. Spent the night at a Rest Area about 24 kms from Shepparton.
Day 87 06-05-14
Freezing morning. After a visit to the Chocolate Apple Factory, in Shepparton, it was off to the Telstra Shop. Assisted by a very helpful young bloke named Jonty. Credit matter sorted by Drivers License No. The other person had a similar Lic. No. with only one digit different.
Collected device and headed towards Bendigo.
Spent the night in the Huntly-Epsom Lions Park, with several other vans, including three Quuenslanders. Great spot.
We had to cover the mirrors on the car to stop a stupid Minah bird, from going berserk and attacking himself in the mirror.
Day 88 07-05-14
Off towards Bendigo. Very busy City. Parking a problem. Visited Show Grounds for the Dump Point. Budget camping stopped by Bendigo Council, so we decided to spend our money elsewhere.
Off towards Horsham and overnighted in a rest area, about 75 klms from Horsham. No other campers. Cold night again.
Day 89 08-05-14
Headed off to Horsham through St. Arnaud, Rupanyup, Murtoa and Dooen. After a little trouble, we found the Horsham Showgrounds on the banks of the Wimmera River and booked in for 7 days at a cost $50 in total, as well as two complimentary tickets to the Greyhound racing on Tuesday night. How could you beat that for value.
Unfortunately the Horsham Council, who own the caravan park, and another person, who owns cabin accommodation, are attempting to close the camping down. Greed raises its ugly head again.
What a great club the ACC is. Waiting for some prescriptions to be filled, we decided to have a coffee in Waack's Bakery, when lo and behold, who should we run into but the very well known Lionel Mussell and Bernie Barnwell, the leading Tasmanian identity.
An invitation to visit Lionel at Illawarra was issued and gratefully accepted. Consequently, at the end of our week in Horsham, we will b travelling to South Australia by way of Chez Mussell.
Day 90 09-05-14
Woke up to rainy and windy conditions. Very cold. Up town for shopping.
Laundry day again.
After lunch it was off to see a Doctor to replenish our Prescriptions.
Day 91 10-05-14
Overcast morning. After Breakfast, it was up town and coffees etc. at Maccas. Not much room to move in their Car Park, when the Drive Through is overflowing.
The afternoon turned into a fabulous day, as the sun decided to come out.
Day 92 11-05-12
Woke to heavy fog. Sun came out later, so we walked into town along the river. Great walking paths provided. Had a coffee. Cath visited Spotlight for some supplies. Back to the van for lunch, with showers threatening.
Visit to the dump point etc. Priced some cameras in Harvey Norman. Think I will stick with the one I've got, even though it may need a minor repair.
Day 93 12-05-14
How great it is to be able to do nothing at all, except speak with Tom Smith on the phone.
Much warmer day when the sun came out, following another heavy fog.
Day 94 13-05-14
Better day, weather wise. spent a little time looking around Horsham. Used our complimentary tickets to the Greyhound racing. Meeting started at 4pm. We went over at 5:30pm and found that the meeting was almost finished. Only about 6 spectators in evidence.
Day 95 14-05-14
Very foggy morning again, but turned into a nice day.
Stocked up the pantry, prior to our moving to Lionel's tomorrow. After lunch, began the process of packing up.
Day 96 15-05-14
Off to Illawarra. Uneventful journey to Lionel's house. Had a coffee with Lionel and then set up camp.
Cathy made a curry, which we shared with Lionel over a wine or two.
Day 97 16-05-14
Set off into Stawell for a quick look and then we decided to look at Halls Gap. Lovely spot.
We had a coffee with the bird life at the Information Centre.
Back to the van, awaiting roast leg of lamb at Lionel's.
A great night was had by all.
Day 98 17-05-14
Visit to Stawell for toilet dump.
Lionel undertook to show us around Lake Lonsdale and lake Fyans, in Bernie's jeep.
Very interesting tour, albeit a bit cool.
We were very impressed by Lionel's Long Necked Sheep (Alpacas) named Doris and Lucy after Doris Day and Lucille Ball.
Dinner again at Lionel's, with him and his Daughter and Son in law. They are a terrific couple.
Two of Cathy's Daughters and two of the Grandkids are visiting Portland, which is only 220 kms from here. Arrangements made to catch up in Portland tomorrow.
Day 99 18-05-14
Early start this morning to Portland, via Halls Gap. Arrived about 9:30am. Had a great time with Tanya, Michelle, Jayden and Jayme, along with Tanya's friends, Penny and Dean and their kids. Had a good look at Portland, which is a great place on the coast. It is home to a fishing fleet and a commercial Port.
Our tour of the area also included Port Nelson Lighthouse.
We left about 3:00pm and returned to Illawarra via Arrarat.
Ted made his famous Spaghetti Bol, for the three of us. It is our last night with Lionel.
We should be in South Australia, tomorrow.
Day 100 19-05-14
Late start. Said our farewells to Lionel and his Son in Law and set off to Stawell and Horsham.
Attended to some medical matters in Horsham and then off towards South Australia.