A Travellerspoint blog

July 2014

Goulburn to Lane Cove Tourist Park in Sydney

Day 8 - Saturday July 5 2014

Not so cold last night as it only got down to six degrees in Goulburn. As we had stayed hitched up overnight it was a 20 minute pack up and we were on our way by 9:30 am. Being Saturday the traffic was fairly light on the Hume Highway and at the halfway point we stopped at the Pheasants Nest Service Centre for a morning coffee and some fuel. The approach to Sydney is now very straight forward - Hume Highway on to the M7 which becomes the M2 then turn left at Delhi Road and left again into Plessey Road and the Lane Cove Tourist Park.

We arrived at about mid-day and checked in for eight nights on Site 6. We only did a minimal set up as we were staying with Di's sister Jan and Andy at Artarmon. After setting up and sorting out enough of our clothes and possessions to keep us going for a week, we headed over to Artarmon. Jan and Andy had their grandson Henry staying for a sleep-over while Bec and Andy Lee were visiting friends in the Blue Mountains.

Site 6 - Lane Cove River Tourist Park

Site 6 - Lane Cove River Tourist Park

Tindale Road Artarmon with the magnolia in flower

Tindale Road Artarmon with the magnolia in flower

A close-up of the magnolia

A close-up of the magnolia

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Rutherglen to Goulburn

Day 7 - Friday 4 July 2014

A tad cool this morning - 3 degrees with fog. We decided to change our itinerary and stay at Goulburn and give Moss Vale a miss - we have been there before. It took less than half an hour to pack up and we were on our way by 9:30 am. At 10:30 we made our first stop in a rest area for a coffee and read the paper. The countryside in southern NSW is like Rutherglen with plenty of recent rain and green grass.

Parked in a rest area for a morning coffee

Parked in a rest area for a morning coffee

Green countryside from rest area

Green countryside from rest area

We were on our way again by 11:00 am and pushed on to the Yass service centre before stopping again for fuel and having lunch of ham rolls made with fresh rolls purchased at the Rutherglen Bakery on our way out of town. Yass is a busy truck stop and we lined up with the trucks while we had our lunch. We eventually arrived at the Goulburn Governor's Hill Carapark and booked in for one night. The park is a bit on the squeezy side having been built in the 70's. We managed to jack-knife the van and stayed hitched up.

Goulburn Governor's Hill Carapark

Goulburn Governor's Hill Carapark

Site 8 - we stayed hitched up

Site 8 - we stayed hitched up

The Singing Ants complete with piped music

The Singing Ants complete with piped music

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Melbourne to Rutherglen

Day 6 - Thursday 3 July 2014

Woke at about 7:30 am this morning to hear that it was 7 degrees in Melbourne and 12 degrees in Hobart - so work that out! We were not in a hurry this morning so David went for the papers and we took our time over breakfast. Packing up took about half an hour and we were on our way by 10:00 am. Our trip today was about 290 kms via Ballarat Road to the Western Ring Road then on to to the Hume Highway. The traffic eased the further away from Melbourne we got and was not too bad on the Hume Highway.

At about 11:00 am we stopped at the Wallan Service Centre on the Hume Highway to re-fuel - diesel $1.519 per litre (it is $1.679 at home). At about 11:30 am we stopped at the Grass Tree Rest Area for a coffee and a break for the driver.

Coffee break at the Grass Tree Rest Area on the Hume Highway

Coffee break at the Grass Tree Rest Area on the Hume Highway

After a 30 minute break we continued on to Rutherglen arriving at 2:00 pm and checked in for a one-night stand. We were allowed to take up two sites but because of the slope across the sites we had to unhitch to get the van level. Good to see Lake King still has a bit of water in it.

Site 21 at the Rutherglen Caravan Park

Site 21 at the Rutherglen Caravan Park

Lake King, Rutherglen

Lake King, Rutherglen

Another shot of Lake King

Another shot of Lake King

David decided to make a visit to Campbell's Winery to taste a few very familiar wines and buy a few bottles of their very best. After re-fuelling it was back to camp for a quiet night watching television. On the way back to camp David noticed the Leopard Main Battle Tank was still guarding the entrance to the Caravan Park - hopefully keeping the Bogans at bay.

Campbell's Winery at Rutherglen

Campbell's Winery at Rutherglen

Leopard Main Battle Tank at Rutherglen

Leopard Main Battle Tank at Rutherglen

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Another Day in Melbourne

Day 5 - Wednesday 2 June 2014

Looks like being a good day today with a forecast maximum of 16 degrees and a bit of sun.

Being a fine day Di decided to forego a shopping trip in the City and get a bit of washing done this morning. While the washing dried we went next door to the Braybrook Shopping Centre for some groceries and a visit to BWS for other essential supplies.

David had a walk around the caravan park checking out the other vans. Just near us on a drive-through site is a very large Wildcat 5th wheeler towed by a Chev Silverado. The sign on the back of the van warns that the rig is 18 metres long - we are only 12 metres when we are hitched up.

Silverado with Wildcat 5th Wheeler

Silverado with Wildcat 5th Wheeler

A nearby motorhome from WA was well set-up for transport, towing a small car on a trailer.

Motorhome with Car on a Trailer

Motorhome with Car on a Trailer

And finally a budget traveller with a tricycle and trailer with what looks like all his worldly possessions. He spent the last few nights on a grass site sleeping in a swag with a ground sheet over the top to keep the rain off his swag and his gear.

Budget Traveller - Tricycle and Trailer

Budget Traveller - Tricycle and Trailer

That evening Kirrily came over to the caravan park to join us for dinner and a glass or two of wine. While we were telling Kirrily about Chappy's new caravan, Chappy rang up to find out why his ears were red.

Chappy was really ringing to tell us that after nearly two weeks of being messed about by Kings Caravans he had finally been able to pick up his new caravan. He has a near new (demo model) Avida Sapphire caravan with all mod cons. Di says that it has a very nice bathroom and she is very envious. He had been waiting for Kings Caravans to install an ALKO ESC (Electronic Stability Control) system that took more than a week instead of a few days - not a happy Chappy! He is still hoping to get a few days away during the school holidays after some more modifications being done at another RV dealer. Good luck Chappy!

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Chadstone Shopping Centre

Day 4 - Tuesday 1 July 2014

We drove to Windsor to pick up Kirrily and then we headed to the Chadstone Shopping Centre so Di could get her shopping fix. While at Chaddy we had a nice lunch at Café Sapore, before David went for a wander around the centre on his own while the girls did their thing! Only a couple of small bags so we got off lightly.

Kirrily's Mercedes A250 Sports

Kirrily's Mercedes A250 Sports

After dinner David gave Yablett a call to catch up and compare notes on the Cats performances so far this year. Daryl, Janine and Will are at Port Douglas for a week or so - it is school holidays in Victoria. Daryl said the water temperature at Port Douglas was 24 degrees which is much warmer than Warrnambool at the moment. While Geelong are still a chance to make the top four, they need to end up opposite Hawthorn so that they do not end with an inter-state game against either Sydney, Port Adelaide or Fremantle. The Cats are much more likely to win in Melbourne than inter-state going on performances so far this year.

We hope to catch up with Daryl at the business end of the season when we come back through Melbourne - might even get to the football for a semi-final hopefully featuring Geelong.

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