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Australian Adventure 2017 – Victoria

Backtracking to the start of our journey up north in 2017. Working solely on my iPad to write my blog while we were away proved too difficult for my limited skills and the lack of reliable internet connections!

At last our Australian adventure has begun! On Friday 28 April we left our chilly, drizzly home heading west towards the Coorong in South Australia. With windscreen wipers working overtime and a pretty dismal weather forecast we soon changed our heading to north towards the Murray instead.

imageWe take the Henty highway making camp in a state park on the river in Cavendish, just west of the Grampians. The rickety old toilet and shower blocks are full of cobwebs, but I’m told the men’s is well appointed with table and chairs as well as excellent amenities. Gary still reckons they’re among the best of the trip. We’re guessing they double up as an umpires’ room as we’re next to a sizeable sports ground. Maybe there aren’t any female umpires – I’m afraid our facilities were nothing to rave about.

All the proceeds from this community run campground go towards providing play equipment for the local youngsters. We make good use of the camp kitchen and enjoy our first campfire while we contemplate the starry sky and chat to a group of English backpackers.

Lake Lascelles at Hopetoun is our second stop. Also run by volunteers from the local community, this 4.5 star campsite comes with the lot – including numerous fireplaces and a couple of amenities blocks as well as a surfeit of spiders. Free camping is encouraged right around the lake and there are also a handful of powered sites. The Aboriginal heritage of the area is well represented pictorially and on a series of totem poles.

Yarriambiack Shire in Northwest Victoria is home to some amazing Silo Art and we make a few detours to take them in, even staying an extra day. They are fantastic and bring in welcome tourists to the local towns. http://www.visitvictoria.com/Regions/Grampians/Things-to-do/Art-theatre-and-culture/Silo-Art-Trail

IMG_6030In Mildura at the Apex Caravan Park on the Murray River we score a riverside spot. I’ve always loved river red gums and here these magnificent old trees are spectacular. We see an old paddle steamer going through Lock 11 (apparently the Murray has some 26 locks) and check out the Murray Weir disgorging tons of water. There’s plenty of history here, but little mention of the area’s Indigenous past.  All the official tourist attractions seem to be about the Caffey brothers who opened up the area, built homesteads and locks and introduced European farming methods with little regard to the original inhabitants.

 

 

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Australian Adventure – Victoria 

Backtracking to the start of our journey up north for 2017. Working solely on my iPad while we were away proved too difficult for my limited skills and the lack of reliable internet connections! 

At last our Australian adventure has begun! On Friday 28 April we left our chilly, drizzly home heading west towards the Coorong in South Australia. With windscreen wipers working overtime and a pretty dismal weather forecast we soon changed our heading to north towards the Murray instead.

We take the Henty highway making camp in a state park on the river in Cavendish, just west of the Grampians. The rickety old toilet and shower blocks are full of cobwebs, but I’m told the men’s is well appointed with table and chairs as well as excellent amenities. Gary still reckons they’re the best of the trip. We’re guessing they double up as an umpires’ room as we’re next to a sizeable sports ground. Maybe there aren’t any female umpires – I’m afraid our facilities were nothing to rave about.

imageAll the proceeds from this community run campground go towards providing play equipment for the local youngsters. We make good use of the camp kitchen and enjoy our first campfire while we contemplate the starry sky and chat to a group of English backpackers.

Lake Lascelles at Hopetoun is our second stop. Also run by volunteers from the local community, this 4.5 star campsite comes with the lot – including numerous fireplaces and a couple of amenities blocks as well as a surfeit of spiders. Free camping is encouraged right around the lake and there are also a handful of powered sites. The Aboriginal heritage of the area is well represented pictorially and on a series of totem poles.

Northwest Victoria is home to some amazing Silo Art and we make a few detours to take them in, even staying an extra day. http://www.visitvictoria.com/Regions/Grampians/Things-to-do/Art-theatre-and-culture/Silo-Art-Trailhttp://www.visitvictoria.com/Regions/Grampians/Things-to-do/Art-theatre-and-culture/Silo-Art-Trail

IMG_6030In Mildura the Apex Caravan Park on the Murray we score a riverside spot. I’ve always loved river red gums and here these magnificent old trees are spectacular. We see an old paddle steamer going through Lock 11 (apparently the Murray has some 26 locks) and check out the Murray Weir disgorging tons of water. There’s plenty of history here, but little mention of the area’s Indigenous past.  All the official tourist attractions seem to be about the Caffey brothers who opened up the area, built homesteads and locks and introduce European farming methods.

 

Melbourne Street Art

I’ve grown to love Melbourne as a city since working there, mainly during the 1980s and 1990s. It’s a vibrant, energetic and colourful place, quirky and with loads of character for those who delve just below the surface. 

Some fabulously bold street art has been around here since the early days before mobile phones made it easy to snap and record. In recent years a whole new crop of ever-changing art has arisen. These pics were mostly taken in Hosier Lane, currently regarded as the centre point of Melbourne’s street art scene but there’s plenty more to be found. 

Australian Adventure

It’s ten months since my last post, largely because I badly broke my left foot last June. Not only was I immobile for months, I couldn’t even sit at my computer, and became less and less motivated to do anything constructive except rest and watch DVDs. Lots of physio, hydrotherapy and willpower later, I gradually learned to walk again, still slow and sore, but ready for my next adventure – destination the Australian Outback!

So this post is a practice run to see if I can manage posts on my iPad. This would at least allow me to post updates if and when Wifi is available.

So here are some photos of a recent visit to the Bellarine Peninsula with my cousin Rita who was over briefly from the Netherlands.