Feb 18, 2017 - Belanglo Forest
Today didn’t pan out as we thought it might. We decided first thing that we would stay another day in the forest just because it was so peaceful and quiet - well it was overnight and was again after all the trail bike riders got themselves sorted and went riding off into the forest this morning. Ian organised himself to try and find out why our water pump wanted to keep running intermittently. It is something that has been an ongoing issue with the van but we have never been able to find any source of potential water loss to cause the pump...Jump to full entry
Feb 17, 2017 - Berry to Belanglo Forest
We said goodbye to Janette and dogs when she left just after 9am. She was heading to another campsite just north of Newcastle to meet up with other members of a caravan club of which she is a member, so she had a long drive ahead of her. The day was quite hot so we were quite warm by the time we finished packing up, but we left the Berry showgrounds just after 10.30. We have decided to head west and loop back into Sydney via Bathurst and Katoomba but were still a bit uncertain as to which was the best route for today to get us to Moss Vale,...Jump to full entry
Feb 17, 2017 - Termites, water falls, wildlife in the out back.
Yesterday we headed for Litchfield National Park. It's about an hour 1/2 drive. We figure we were 120 miles into the outback. We passed through Coolinga, Jabai, Noonarah, and my favorite Humptedo. Along the way there was a rodeo ranch, a racetrack for drag racing, a mile mud tack for four wheeling, Lots of water buffalo and mango groves. The trees are burned sometimes 20 feet up. The brush fires help keep the outback nourished. Gamma grass was transplanted for the feeding of cattle and it has taken over like the Cudzoo in the states. The...Jump to full entry
Feb 16, 2017 - West to Phillip Island'
After leaving the east coast at Merimbula we realized our time was winding down and a couple of driving days were necessary to meet our timetable. Roads were nice with minimal traffic heading west on a weekday. Now more signs appeared warning of kangaroos or wallabies on the road. Our destination was the community of Sale in the state of Victoria. This was a small but pleasant community. The next day had us driving another two hours down the highway for our next stop at Foster. After having a most informative session at the local...Jump to full entry
Feb 16, 2017 - Berry
Janette rang just after breakfast to say she was on her way and should arrive about 1pm. So, after I did a load of washing, I went for a walk to the shops. There are lots of homeware ‘girly’ type shops with lots of different nick knacks. I managed to resist temptation but enjoyed pottering through the shops. I had just decided to organise an early lunch when Janette arrived with her dogs - Ollie, Rosie and Tess at about 12.30pm. We had managed to organise for her van to be parked next to ours, so of course there was lots of talking and...Jump to full entry
Feb 15, 2017 - Milton to Berry
Pretty well just a day on the road today. We had arranged to meet Janette (one of the girls we had met up north early in our travels and with whom we had shared some dog sitting duties with) at a free camp at Jamberoo (east of Kiama). Unfortunately, the free camp turned out to be very small, very tight and very full with some very entrenched looking campers. So, we turned around and retraced our steps to the showgrounds at Berry which was our second option for possible meeting place. The section of highway between Kiama and Berry is quite...Jump to full entry
Feb 15, 2017 - Land at last!
Our 4th sea day in a row under way. We learned a lot about Darwin in the theater yesterday. Japan bombed the heck out of them because they did not want Australia to be too comfy with Indonesia. After the rebuild a cyclone took it out with a direct hit. They do have a dock and we will be able to walk off the ship tomorrow. NO TENDER! With so many days at sea I will have all my scrapbook pages ready for printed pictures. Yesterday I painted a koala and it looked a teddy bear the dog had chewed on. The eucalyptus-leaves were lovely. Maybe I...Jump to full entry
Feb 14, 2017 - On to the Capital, Canberra
We decided we could not travel Australia without seeing the nation's capital city, nestled inland across the mountains. Off we go up and over the mountains through mist, fog, light rain and the very occasional patch of sunlight. This section of a secondary highway was well treed until we dropped down into the plains. We felt we could have been driving around Kamloops in the semi arid flat land amidst hills. We booked a historic hotel in Canberra in an older building but very significantly refurbished. The rack rate on the deluxe queen room...Jump to full entry
Feb 14, 2017 - Milton
The weather has changed again today. Although not raining, it is grey, dull and cool. However, we decided to go for another drive and headed towards the Jervis Bay area. We did drive as far as the entrance to the Bodderee National Park, which also homes the Jervis bay naval base, but we had to turn around because we had the dogs with us. From there, our first stop was Hyams Beach which was a lovely little beach. Unfortunately, still not warm enough for me to have a swim, although there were a few brave souls in the water. We drove a bit...Jump to full entry
Feb 14, 2017 - Valentine's Day was not a Sweetheart
Yesterday we anchored outside of the port at Yorky Knob. (Carins) which is pronounced cans. It was going to be another 30-40 minute tender ride and the wind was blowing so hard the ferriys could not safely mourn by the ship. In the mean time there were not one but two medical emergency services by Helicopter. Since we are in the deep recesses of the ship on the same floor as the Medical office we watched all of this unfold. Too windy for the helly, water too rough for ramps. I have no idea what happened next because they went to plan C and...Jump to full entry
Feb 14, 2017 - Mount Barker and the Wilkins!
11 February Mount Barker Leisurely start to the day before Paul and Rosemary drove us off on a tour of the area. A lovely hot day we drove around enjoying the countryside, south to Strathalbin and then west and north. We landed at Hahndorf, a german founded town, where we had lunch. More beautiful countryside before ending up back at Mount Barker. A lovely afternoon, but too hot in the sun to jump in the pool, though Ruth did later. Tried to get our windscreen leak fixed but the 'National' company couldn't arrange it until Monday morning....Jump to full entry
Feb 13, 2017 - Milton
What a difference a day makes! We woke up to a beautiful, sunny day without a cloud in the sky. After giving the dogs a run in the agility enclosure and testing them to see whether they still remembered what to do (they were a bit rusty!). we spent the morning driving around the area having a look at Ulladulla, Mollymook and Narrawallee. We were able to take the dogs for an on-leash walk on Narrawallee beach where I would have loved to have gone for a swim, but it just wasn’t quite warm enough. On our way home, we stopped at a bakery just...Jump to full entry