The Snowy Mountains to the Gippslands

It has been a very busy last couple of weeks for us.  We left Canberra sad to say goodbye to family and all the mod cons but excited about the adventure ahead.

We decided to take Brindabella Road from Canberra, this turned out to be a dirt track which lastest about an hour!  Probably not great for caravans and we realised this when we stopped and noticed dust all throughout our van, plus the outside of the truck and van were filthy!   Oh well you live and learn.  We then passed through Tumut where the kids had fun in a park while Wayne went searching for fresh water to fill up our tanks.

Our first night sleep was at Blowering Dam (Yachting Point) and it certainly lived up to its name!  It was quite nice there – when it wasnt blowing a gale!  We took a couple of dips in the dam, but it was a bit too (dam) cold.

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Our set up at Blowering Dam

The best part of the stay was the wildlife; hundreds and hundreds of kangaroos.  They came quite close to the camp but otherwise left us alone.  Apparently there are Emu there but after much searching didnt find any 🙁

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Kangaroos near our caravan at dusk

Next stop was Talbingo, a lovely little town on the Snowy River.  We left our caravan at the park while we drove to Yarrangobilly Caves for the day.  We walked through two cave tours, both approx 1.5 hours each.  It was amazing walking through these caves (which are 10C inside), located along the Yarrangobilly River valley in the north of Kosciuszko National Park.  We also went swimming in the 20m long 27℃ thermal pool, fed by natural warm-water springs.  It felt a lot cooler than 27C mind!

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Photo from snowymountains.com.au

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Thermal pool we went swimming in, after a 1km walk down a very steep hill. The 1km walk up hill was painful lol

After leaving Talbingo Caravan Park, we drove through Adaminaby where we saw the giant trout, then stopped in Cooma for a shop and play in the park.

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Watch out, its the giant trout!

We arrived in Bombala in the late afternoon where we noticed the temperature drop.  WOW this place was cold!

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The kids wrapped up in winter woolies and beanies

We slept the first night near the river and then the next two nights at Bombala Caravan Park.  They have photos of the park taken in winter with snow everywhere.  The big attraction for Bombala are the platypus swimming in the river.  We all finally saw some of the strange looking fella’s while waiting for them first thing in the morning.

Whilst leaving our van in Bombala we went for a drive through Delegate, Bonang and Bendoc.  We briefly visited Victoria for an hour on the drive through the Errinundra National Park where we saw the most amazing ferns in all sizes.  One rock wall was completely covered in giant ferns, it was incredible!

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Unfortunately this photo doesnt do these amazing ferns justice!

We also visited an Early Settlers Hut that has been preserved.  It was like stepping back in time and we really enjoyed visiting this.

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Stepping back in time..

After leaving Bombala we drove across the border.

IMG_20140109_111321_190__1389678117_101.172.85.70We drove through Cann River, but it was too touristy and very busy so we headed onto Orbost for supplies including vegemite sausages!  We stayed at a free camp for RV’s alongside the Snowy River where we met some lovely fellow campers.  Only con about this place were the flies!  YUK they were disgusting, and since i have been told they are worse in other places, i will be buying myself a fly net to put over my hat very soon!  We left our van at this spot for a few hours and drove down to Marlo for a swim where the Snowy River meets the sea.

We headed next to Lakes Entrance, but once again it was packed full of tourists so we only stayed an hour after going for a little walk.  We then went to Bairnsdale for supplies and also visited St Marys Roman Catholic Church.  It is one of the most notable landmarks in Main Street known for its distinctively tall tower and murals on its ceiling and walls. These murals were painted by out of work Italian artist Francesco Floreani during the Great Depression.

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Even an athiest family can appreciate a beautiful church!

We then headed to Eagle Point Caravan Park for a couple of nights.  Very cramped but was nice to have a long hot shower.  The kids loved the games room, Rory is now hooked on foosball (table soccer).

Next stop was Sale and we are now camped out on Golden Beach.  It’s located on 90 Mile Beach and there are also lots of free camping spots where they have room for our big rig!  The kids have absolutely loved the beach, we are only a 2 min walk from the water.  They have loved building sand castles and jumping over waves.  I even tried using our metal detector but only came away with bottle tops and a fishing lure.  It’s a lovely quiet spot with lots of shade.  Apparently its 40C today, but where we are is only 30C, we must be getting a nice sea breeze here (from Bass Strait).

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Hardly anyone here, its like having a huge beach to yourself!

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Camping by the beach

Next stops are Walhalla, Phillip Island and then Melbourne.

 

 

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The Snowy Mountains to the Gippslands — 8 Comments

    • Yes wont be long now Robbie. I will get Wayne to call you in the next couple of days to tee up some dates 🙂

  1. Those caves look pretty awesome! And I like the sound of that thermal pool as well. Kaelan is addicted to Foosball too. He got a Foosball table for Christmas. I hope you are not near any bushfires down there.

    • Caves were amazing (BE)Linda…. well looks like we will have to stay two weeks next time we visit, Rory will love playing on the Foosball!!! Closest bushfire is about 25km away but we are keeping an eye on things on ABC radio 🙂

  2. Wow, it is so awesome to read of your adventures. It feels like I am right there with you… kind of. Love hearing of the updates. xx

    • Thanks honey, feel free to jump in the car and drive down and join us anytime for a cuppa 😉

  3. Hey guys!!! omg it looks like you are having a amazing time!!! I enjoy reading all the updates!!!! xxxx Take Care xxxxx

    • Hey Lisa! Yeah we are having a great time, Im so glad you enjoy my updates, i will try and update here every couple of weeks. Hugs to you and your boys xxx