On the way home, a stop off at Byron Bay around lunch time on Saturday. We found local sand artist, Craig Gascoigne raking his magic on the beach.
As I write this, TC is winging her way homewards. Veronica Viva is basking in the fact that she carried us over 3000 kilometres (close to 2000 miles) in just 12 days.
On Tuesday we left Melbourne for the longest day’s drive of the road trip aiming to put Sydney within easy striking distance yesterday. We made it to the town of Yass just after nightfall, but not before a pit stop in Gundagai.
When in Gundagai, it’s customary to visit the Dog on the Tuckerbox. Here is TC looking suitably, and politely, impressed as the sun sets behind her.
Winter has been slow to arrive this year, but Yass did not disappoint yesterday morning, providing us with the first zero temperatures (Celsius) of the trip and a decent fog to drive through after breakfast before the sun burned it off.
TC’s last night was spent in Sydney, including Thai take away food and some time with my family – and packing!
It was super busy at the airport this morning, but we made time for farewells. We stacked up lots of memories on this trip, including a number of video “Carpool Karaokes” in the can for our future amusement. Because, as you know, what happens on the road stays on the road.
On our walk into Melbourne’s CBD, we swung around to the Fairy Tree in Fitzroy Gardens to see Ola Cohn’s delightful carvings.
Flinders Street Station
Then a short drop in to the National Gallery of Victoria.
A walk along the Yarra River.
And a stop by Melbourne City Town Hall to see the rainbow flag lights display remembering Orlando, Florida.
This morning began in the town of Cowes on Phillip Island in an overcast fashion brightened only by a tasty bircher muesli garnished avec geranium flower for breakfast.
Today was all about Australian animals for TC. Albeit the walk around the Wildlife Park was a tad muddy, it was more than made up for by the variety of unique animals in the mix. Here’s a taste.
Last stop before heading towards the big city was The Nobbies – the Southern Ocean in full swell with not a migrating whale in site.
We negotiated our way into Melbourne with little or no fuss and ended a good day with a great meal at Smith & Daughters in Fitzroy which may have included a glass (or two) of Tempranillo for one of our party.
Tonight’s post is a short and sweet summary, due largely to slow internet speed. Here’s the summary of a good day’s driving in Victoria’s east.
Saturday morning after rain fell during the night at Shelley Beach near Lakes Entrance.
An unintentional but delightful visit to Lake Tyers and some black swans just down from where we were staying.
We drove through driving rain towards Phillip Island and a cold date with hundreds of penguins who came ashore just after dark. Photographs of the Fairy Penguins are strictly forbidden. While we were waiting a pair of Cape Barren geese were grazing nearby.
How to warm up after shivering down by the beach? Thai food, that’s how.
Next stop, Cooma and on to Bombala where we stopped off at the Visitor Centre for directions to the Platypus Reserve. We were advised that, given recent heavy rains, the platypuses had been more active in the middle of the day than normal. We drove up Maybe Street, hopeful of a more definitive outcome.
Between the two of us, we managed to capture some shots of the Bombala River, but saw no sign of the elusive creatures. TC did see a kangaroo though.
Suppressing our disappointment at missing out on the Ornithorhynchus anatinus, we motored on into Victoria travelling in the late afternoon through dairy and timber country on the way to Lakes Entrance.
Day 5 was a quiet day. TC took herself off to explore the city and came home in time to make us popcorn.
TC was a little discombobulated when I suggested that we hold off our first coffee stop until we got down the road an hour or so. The little town of Berrima worked its charm, especially AFTER the coffee and food.
Then it was on to Goulburn and the Alpaca Centre where the owner, Bill, gave us an insight into the manufacture of a large range of clothing items.