So much to see around every corner!
4.4.14 - 19.4.14 24 °C
Where do I start? We have seen so much on the way here.....some of the most beautiful scenery, beaches, cliffs and coastline. We didn't stop for too long, a couple of nights at a caravan park at Apollo Bay to catch up and do the washing, and of course for the lovely Dr Catriona to have 2 goes at washing Joe's ears out.....finally on our 2nd visit to her she blasted a mountain of wax out and Joe said "hello, I'm back" and we could stop shouting.
Beautiful towns along the way, loads of tourists, high prices, sidewalk cafes and great restaurants. Lorne, with its' beautiful mediterranean feel, Torquay and the famous Bells Surfing Beach, and Barwon Heads where we spent a couple of nights in a beachfront caravan park. Barwon Heads has a slower pace, lovely riverbanks and beaches, nice shops and quirky cafes. We had a day trip to Geelong, where neither of us had been before. Walking along the stunning waterfront, past landscaped gardens, ice cream parlours and restaurants, whimsical art works along the way, Stopped for lunch in the park, listening to a local brass band and watching so many people out enjoying the shores of Port Phillip Bay.
This is an area we will come back to and spend time exploring.....we could easily take 3 or 4 weeks taking in the rivers and beaches in this area.
So we had a big change to our plans......Joe had a SOS call from Eric, Mark and Phillip, beckoning him to Tassie, so instead of heading up the east coast of Victoria, we will head back to Melbourne for Joe to take a trip to Launceston to attend the Bushby 100th Birthday Party.....of course Bushby has been a big part of his life for so many years, and he was keen to catch up with his mates. We had already booked the Queenscliff to Sorrento Ferry, and enjoyed that 45 minute trip.....big discount for vans if you take the 7am or 8am ferry, saving about $80!! So we took the 8am one. Then we spent 2 nights at Blairgowrie in the lovely, grassy waterfront caravan park, heading into Sorrento for a piece of the famous Vanilla Slice - yum!
We couldn't get into a caravan park within cooee of Tullamarine - school holidays - so managed to talk Geoff at Crusader Caravans into letting us leave the car and van at the back of his yard for 3 nights. Not suitable for me to stay there, so I booked another flight for me. After a night at The Best Western Airport Hotel, we flew to Launceston for a couple of nights, staying in the Poupe Suite at Ros and Paul's once again. Lovely to see them and great for Joe to spend time with the Bushby clan. I was able to catch up with some chat with Ros and Kaye, and of course we saw all the girls and most of the grandchildren.....had a fun night at Lou and Scotty's, where Ros and Paul and Penny and Reece joined us for a wonderful dinner and loads of laughs. The kids all delved into the dressing up box and delighted us with their outrageous costumes.
So back to Melbourne, picked up the van and headed to Yackandandah, one of our favourite small places. Parked on the edge of the creek, water rushing after so much rain, and fairly boggy underfoot. We couldn't drag ourselves away and stayed 3 nights.....accepted an invitation to BBQ and damper in the camp kitchen and met some real characters there. The town is so pretty, all National Trust, close to Beechworth and Myrtleford, and has a population of about 800, a close knit community indeed. It's home to many talented artists and artisans from around the world, and so is brimming with arts, crafts and antiques. Driving in from the tree covered hills of the Stanley State Forest, past the avenue of English trees, across the little stone bridge with its sparkling creek, you find this gorgeous little town. We love it!
So from Yack we headed north towards Sydney to have just one night with Oliver and Amelia and the children, staying at Narabeen as Lane Cove was full. Unfortunately the Heskeths have had a tummy bug in the house and have all been pretty unwell. While it was great to see them, we had a fleeting visit so as not to get in the way, and to hopefully escape the bug. NOT SO! We stayed at Myall River, another of our favourite spots, for just one night. It is so beautiful, and we had a spot in amongst the paper bark trees. After a huge drive yesterday, being delayed for a couple of hours due to an accident on the road......Joe had been complaining of an uncomfortable tummy for a couple of hours, and was noticeably pale.....we pulled up at Sawtell, checked in, he backed the van in perfectly, and before he could unhitch he was vomiting - and the rest! So a very quiet afternoon and evening, and this morning he is feeling much better but understandably very tired and washed out. So far, my stomach of steel is holding out and I am OK - but I won't count my blessings out loud!
We are booked here for 3 nights, so that's a nice time for Joe to recover, and to have a look about. From our spot in the park, we can hear the roar of the waves. There are lots of people here, being Easter, but the weather's perfect and it's very relaxing.
From here we will head towards Noosa, hopefully catching up with Chris in Brisbane on the way, and also Bill and Annie on The Goldie.
So much to look forward to!