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.
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 🙁
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!
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.
We arrived in Bombala in the late afternoon where we noticed the temperature drop. WOW this place was cold!
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!
We also visited an Early Settlers Hut that has been preserved. It was like stepping back in time and we really enjoyed visiting this.
After leaving Bombala we drove across the border.
We 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.
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).
Next stops are Walhalla, Phillip Island and then Melbourne.