With it's lovely alleys Melbourne is a nicer city than most but my photographic eye just snaps shut in any city. All those tired and busy people jostling about. We're back out in the countryside tomorrow.
We camped the night at Seymour. I wasn't really thinking Royal Hotels on this trip as there are not a real lot in Victoria. Then as we were turning out of town the next morning I spotted this one! My Royal collection is sadly not at all up to date. I have not even added the ones I picked up in Queensland 18 months ago. I must get back to it.
Today is Australia Day so let's celebrate with some of our historic railway silliness. Here is the very impressive Albury Railway Station. It gets even more impressive at the platform which is really really long ... the longest in New South Wales. Albury is on the border of New South Wales and Victoria. Victoria had broad gauge lines and New South Wales standard gauge so at this point all the people and cargo had to be transferred between trains. This went on until 1962 when the standard gauge line was extended to Melbourne. It was also a major transport hub for troop movements during World War II. My Dad's war diaries often refer to transfers at Albury.
I have a love affair with railway stations and the romance of railways. Here is the historic railway station at Gundagai. It is just so typical of the timber railway stations dotted throughout rural New South Wales ... tomorrow something altogether different in railway stations.
Posted for no reason other than I liked it. I am always rather thankful for the lovely old trees (usually exotic varieties) found in caravan parks ... someone a long time ago thought to plant them. It was hot, shade and soft green grass were welcome.
Gundagai has these wonderful old timber bridges stretching across the river flats - one a road bridge and other a railway bridge. The caravan park is nestled between them. You can see the bridges in the image below, taken from the local lookout. The road bridge was part of the Hume Highway until 1976 when it was replaced by the first Sheahan Bridge ... I will show you that tomorrow.
I think of caravanning as a great way to get different views from the kitchen window. Our first night at Gundagai gave us a perfect view of the Murrumbidgee River ... I love to camp by a river. More on that timber bridge tomorrow.
It was high summer on the road down to Victoria, along the Great Ocean Road and back again. We were running to a deadline so travelled rather quicker then we would have liked so the photos from this trip are be few.
Windows peep out to a world beyond. This is the end of this Favourite Things series. I always think of our caravan as being a way to get a different view from the kitchen window. How about I show you tomorrow where our trusty little caravan took us this summer. For me the summer holiday is over, I am back at work today.
All trains are exciting but there is nothing quite like a steam train. BTW, I seem to have got my counting wrong and have more than 50 favourite things so this series will go on for a few extra days rather than finishing tomorrow.
Its lovely to go on a summer drive, windows down to feel the warm air and feast my eyes on the summer bounty. Around these parts we've had quite a lot of rain so its much greener than the summer when this photo was taken.
The romance of rail has me in its embrace. Railway stations fascinate me and it is quite interesting to see the differences in the building styles between states. But this one simply says Outback regardless of which state ... taken at Silverton out near Broken Hill on the border of New South Wales and South Australia.
I know these are not cars but I loved the light and the feathery grass that had blown into the barn so it got my vote. Incidentally this photograph of genuine old cars is the all time top rating post on this blog.
I love mountains too and it was tempting to choose another shot of our beautiful Blue Mountains which I showed yesterday or the Flinders Ranges which I showed at number 25. But instead I chose a mountain in the desert ... the Breakaways in South Australia.
I could not pass by Mountain Mist even though I have already had mist shot the other day. It is so lovely the way it forms a sea at the feet of the cliffs but disappointing for tourists hoping to see the magnificent wilderness vista.