Friday, September 23, 2016

Lawson to Clandulla - the end



We spent one night at Lawson, where the daffodils were beginning to bloom, to unpack the van then headed out to Clandulla where as expected the wattle welcomed us home.

That's the end of this trip, I hope to retire before we set off again.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Gundagai to Lawson


From here is was a quick drive along fast familiar highways to home and I began to think of yellow things … the canola just beginning to flower, the daffodils I expected to find in my garden and the winter wattles welcoming us home.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Gundagai exploring


We were having a coffee at the bakery and I noticed a sign on a hotel saying it was a Cobb and Co coach stop.  That got me wondering if there was a hidden Royal Hotel in the town.  A quick google revealed not that hotel but this derelict one as the former Royal.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Gundagai


We decided to stay a couple of nights at a favourite campsite by the Murumbidgee River and nestled between the wonderful old wooden bridges at Gundagai.

I am hopeless at taking iPhone photos, that's my finger in the shot.

Monday, September 19, 2016

Lockhart to Gundagai


We planned to stay in Lockhart for two days but it rained all night and the next morning the creek outside our van door was looking like this so we decided to move on.

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Lockhart


I was keen to visit Lockhart, having seen it very empty on Christmas day last time we were out this way. It's a tiny bit busier on a wet work day.

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Tocomwall to Lockhart


We found this wonderful old Royalish Hotel in Urana.

Friday, September 16, 2016

Tocumwall chasing things


We stayed a few days at Tocumwall, delaying our inevitable return home.

Down by the river we found this mural and asked a young man who photographing the flood whether he was chasing Pokemon (the craze had just begun at the time) and he said no but his mother-in-law was up in the bushes stalking one.

The Latter Day Saints missionaries said they would prefer to talk to people than catching Pokemon but it turns out their phone wasn't capable of it anyway.

My phone only chases email and I was getting tired of the rigours or working travel.

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Tocumwall




Sadly it was time to turn North and head home.  At the border we saw the Murray for the last time on this trip.  There had been so much rain the river was up.

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Castlemaine Exploring


From Castlemaine we explored Maldon. It's all old gold towns in this area.   If you look carefully at the window below it says Royal Hotel … yay my first Royal for the trip, though just a Fergie (former Royal).


Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Castlemaine


We were sad to find our favourite bookshop in Melbourne was gone like so many other bookshops but glad to find Book Heaven a stuffed full second hand bookshop in Campbells Creek was still there.

Monday, September 12, 2016

Melbourne


Our rendezvous was in Melbourne for my niece's wedding.  After wonderful weeks of warm mostly dry weather in South Australia, cold wet Melbourne came as a bit of a shock.

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Stawell exploring


I wanted to visit this area to see the Grampian mountains.  We had so little time as by now we were hitting out deadline,  I must visit here again.

Saturday, September 10, 2016

Stawell


What a great camping spot, and warm enough to sit outside and observe the birdlife.


Friday, September 9, 2016

Port Elliot to Bordertown to Stawell



Ooops I think I forgot to take photographs for a while.  Here is my abandoned house for the trip … this one is really cactus.

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Port Elliot Exploring


We took the historic railway between Goolwa and Victor Harbour where there is a horse drawn tram out along the causeway.  This area has a nice feel about it, I think it would be buzzing in the summer time.

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Clare to Port Elliot


I was anxious to go down the Fleurieu Peninsula to see where the Murray River joins the sea.  I didn't really see it but that's Lake Alexandrina over there - where the Murray ends up.


Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Clare exploring


We found a little time to go on a drive to see the local towns  This wonderful old squatters mansion is outside Mintaro.

Monday, September 5, 2016

Clare


There are lots of lovely towns in this area.  Disappointing that I didn't have time to explore and photograph them.

Sunday, September 4, 2016

Whyalla to Clare


We headed back into wine country.  The vineyards are not quite to picturesque in the winter.  I guess now, several weeks later they are looking different.

Saturday, September 3, 2016

Whyalla exploring


I guess no visit to Whyalla is complete without a visit to the steel works.

Friday, September 2, 2016

Whyalla


It was our third camp in a row beside the sea. This was the view from our van.

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Port Lincoln to Whyalla


Sadly this is the turning point of our trip, we are now on our way back home but still lots more to see.  I don't know what I expected to see in the Eyre Peninsular but I think was was surprised by the amount of green farmland.

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Lincoln National Park


It was the weekend so we could take a drive to Lincoln National Park, it was blowy and cold, not surprising I guess given how far south we were.

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Port Lincoln


We are now down almost to the end of the Eyre Peninsula.  Beautiful farm land and fishing in these parts.

Monday, August 29, 2016

Arno Bay walk


We went for a short walk on the board walk - made me a little sad because I realised how little time I had on this trip to enjoy photographing the detail of vegetation and lovely old towns.

Sunday, August 28, 2016

Arno Bay


A couple of days beside the sea.

Saturday, August 27, 2016

Quorn to Kimba to Arno Bay


Today we are heading down the centre of he Eyre Peninsula, passing by Iron Knob and farming country.  Our original plan was to stay at Kimba but in the end we moved back the coast to Arno Bay.

Friday, August 26, 2016

Quorn sight seeing


It was the weekend so we were able to take an outing on Pitchi Richi railway where we saw a little of the famous Flinders Ranges country.


Thursday, August 25, 2016

Quorn


Quorn is an interesting old town at the foot of the Flinders Ranges.  I would have loved to have time to revisit them but there was not time on this trip.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Morgan to Quorn











The landscape is fascinating changing from flat semi-arid land to green rolling hills in the course of a morning.  We have visited these places on our last trip to South Australia so were not tarrying for long in each of the towns.  Talking of the lovely old town of Burra, I said remember the big wind farm - it didn't look at all impressive on this day as most of it was enshrouded in cloud.

We couldn't resist a quick visit to sleeping town of Terowie which so fascinated us last time we were here.  The photo of old cars is still the most visited post in this blog.








Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Morgan walk




In South Australia there is a distinct change in architecture and certain arid feel to the landscape - you can tell these places are hot in summer but were beautiful in the winter.

Winam asked to know more about this town so here is a quick summary - according to the web population is around 2000  but it felt smaller than that.  It has mostly old homes and shops similar to the above.  It's close enough to Adelaide to attract weekenders, in newer homes on the other side of the river.  There is a ferry crossing the river, an old wharf similar to that at Echuca (but not in great condition) and a historic railway station.  The town is very neat and tidy and the locals seem to take a lot of pride in their history.


Monday, August 22, 2016

Morgan


I picked Morgan on the map just because it was midway between where we were and where we wanted to go.  It turned out to be a delightful old river town beside the Murray, a lovely spot to spend a couple of days.

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Mildura to Morgan


We threw out fruit to enter Victoria and restocked only to find out we were going to have to throw it out to enter South Australia and this time they were checking vehicles.  Fortunately we had been warned and ate up what we had.

This landscape shot is deceptive.  We saw plenty of vineyards and orange groves.  But as you move through South Australia the landscape constantly changes.

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Mildura


We are back in river country, this time the beautiful Murray River which forms the border of NSW and Victoria.  Mildura is in Victoria.

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Hay to Mildura

Hay Plains

We are crossing the Hay Plains, one of the flattest places on earth and pretty much treeless as well.  
The image you can see on the car video is from the rear view camera on the van.  Looks the same back and front, the same whatever direction you turn.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

River at Hay

Murrumdigee River, Hay

Do you remember at school drawing all the inland rivers on the map and the stories of explorers having trouble crossing them or dying of thirst depending on droughts and flood.

We are in the Riverena.  You'll see more of rivers before we're done.

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Hay exploring


It was the weekend so plenty of time to explore. The Shear Outback centre was good.

Monday, August 15, 2016

Hay


We don't stock up much, preferring to have an excuse to explore the town to buy our food.

We are going to stay a couple of nights at Hay ... it's blowing a gale and very cold ... though according to the news it was much colder back home.