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Blue Snoopy is a 2018 Adria Altea 402PH Sports Caravan pulled by a 2012 Nissan Navara ST Dual Cab Ute.

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3 December 2019 – Blackheath to Sydney NSW

The weather was no better than the previous day with the strong wind and cloud cover present.

We said our goodbyes and departed close to 9:00am.

We refuelled at Katoomba, were able to take a photograph of the helicopter that was water bombing the fire and then had a steady trip down the mountains . . . → Read More: 3 December 2019 – Blackheath to Sydney NSW

2 December 2019 – Blackheath NSW

We went to bed just after 11:00pm with the sound of high winds outside the caravan.  The wind continued overnight and was, from time to time, accompanied by short bursts of light rain.  The weather forecast for today was a maximum temperature of 14 and a minimum of 8.

Following our experience when we . . . → Read More: 2 December 2019 – Blackheath NSW

1 December 2019 – Blackheath NSW

Today started at 6:30am when the alarm sounded.  It had been warm overnight, but we did sleep well.

With several other ladies, “She” travelled to the local produce markets.  Whilst she was away, “He” completed the minutes that were taken at the AGM.

Later in the morning we had a “Secret Santa”.  Everyone who . . . → Read More: 1 December 2019 – Blackheath NSW

30 November 2019 – Blackheath NSW

We awoke to an overcast but dry Saturday.

Today was the Annual General Meeting of our branch of the Australian Caravan Club and “He” spent part of the morning in preparation for the meeting.

During the morning “He” spent over an hour looking at a neighbour’s caravan where the refrigerator would not run on . . . → Read More: 30 November 2019 – Blackheath NSW

29 November 2019 – Blackheath NSW

It was warm overnight but we both managed to sleep well.

Having an ensuite site made it easy for bathroom tasks and following a quick breakfast, we were ready to join the group at 9:30am for a tagalong.

About nine vehicles left the caravan park and crossed the main western railway line and descended . . . → Read More: 29 November 2019 – Blackheath NSW

28 November 2019 – Orange to Blackheath NSW

We set our alarm for 7:00am.  Since leaving home for this trip, we have both slept well.  This is a result of being able to have good control over the temperature of the caravan.  We are lucky that our air conditioning unit is under our bed and draws air from below the caravan.  Unlike . . . → Read More: 28 November 2019 – Orange to Blackheath NSW

27 November 2019 – Orange NSW

Our day started with a drive to Borenore Caves located about 18klm west of Orange.

We explored the cave, took many photographs and then “He” flew the drone to get a different perspective of the cave and the surrounding area.

We visited Mt Canobolas which is said to be the highest point between Orange . . . → Read More: 27 November 2019 – Orange NSW

26 November 2019 – Dubbo to Orange NSW

With our trip nearing the end, today we started to head in the direction of Sydney.

Deciding to travel to Orange by backroads, we departed the Newell Highway near Western Plains Zoo where we noticed a field that was home to a large number of kangaroos.  We are not sure, but they may have . . . → Read More: 26 November 2019 – Dubbo to Orange NSW

25 November 2019 – Dubbo NSW

We started our day with another visit to the Ben Furney Flour Mill but this time to their retail outlet where we made some purchases.

Next stop was a Christmas shop in Dubbo and whilst there, we took the opportunity for a visit to Woolworths for some essential purchases.

We returned to our caravan . . . → Read More: 25 November 2019 – Dubbo NSW

24 November 2019 – Parkes to Dubbo NSW

We set our alarm for 7:00am and with a planned departure of around 10am, we ensured that we had a relaxed start to the day.

We were packed up and ready to depart by 9:45am.  We left our camp site just after that and had a pleasant drive to Dubbo.  With only a little . . . → Read More: 24 November 2019 – Parkes to Dubbo NSW

23 November 2019 – Parkes NSW

There was nothing formal planned for the morning, so we decided to visit the Parkes Radio Telescope.

“She” did the driving duties to the telescope where we spent about thirty minutes looking through their gift shop and the displays, they have of the telescope history and current operations.

After returning back to Parkes, we . . . → Read More: 23 November 2019 – Parkes NSW

22 November 2019 – Parkes NSW

Today the plan was to visit a property where we would all have the opportunity to have a ride in a working harvester.

Before meeting our host for the farm visit, we made a quick visit to a local bakery  where we purchased morning tea to take to the farm.

We met our local . . . → Read More: 22 November 2019 – Parkes NSW

21 November 2019 – Sydney to Parkes NSW

Several months ago, we committed to an Australian Caravan Club tagalong called “Caves and Mid-West Farms” that was being run by our branch.  The tagalong actually started a week ago but due to both of us not being well, we decided to remove the free camping component of the trip and join the tagalong . . . → Read More: 21 November 2019 – Sydney to Parkes NSW

28 October 2019 – Moss Vale to Sydney NSW

We said our goodbyes and departed Moss Vale at 8:15am.

With no real need to hurry back to Sydney, we decided to let the GPS decide the route home.  We were surprised to see the GPS navigate us back to the Hume Highway by the most direct route and that avoided travelling back through . . . → Read More: 28 October 2019 – Moss Vale to Sydney NSW

27 October 2019 – Moss Vale NSW

Today we had planned as a group to attend the Moss Vale markets but we were 24 hours late.  Instead the decision was made to go to the markets at the Berrima Public School.

Deciding to use a conventional map instead of the GPS unit, we managed to miss the turn off for Berrima, . . . → Read More: 27 October 2019 – Moss Vale NSW

26 October 2019 – Jugiong to Moss Vale NSW

It was dry and still when we emerged from the caravan in the morning.  The only evidence of the overnight rain was that most of the dust had been washed from our cars and vans.  The sky was blue and there was no evidence of the dust cloud.

One couple left us today to . . . → Read More: 26 October 2019 – Jugiong to Moss Vale NSW

25 October 2019 – Beechworth VIC to Jugiong NSW

It rained overnight and was raining when the alarm sounded at 6:30am.  “He” was up prior to 6:30am having thought we had overslept a 6:00am alarm.

“He” managed to prepare the caravan for departure between rain showers and we left as a group just after 8:30am.

We stopped at Holbrook at a wonderful café . . . → Read More: 25 October 2019 – Beechworth VIC to Jugiong NSW

24 October 2019 – Beechworth VIC

This morning we enjoyed an arranged visit to the Billson’s Beechworth Cordial, gin distillery and brewery where we had a tour followed by tasting of some of the beers and cordials, they produce from the spring water obtained from a deep spring on the factory property.

Morning tea was at the Beechworth Bakery where . . . → Read More: 24 October 2019 – Beechworth VIC

23 October 2019 – Seymour to Beechworth VIC

We left Seymour in convoy and travelled up the Hume Highway to Benalla where we stopped for morning tea and a walk around the town.

There are many murals in Benalla including some of the best that we have seen.  It was very warm, and our bodies are wondering what is going on when . . . → Read More: 23 October 2019 – Seymour to Beechworth VIC

22 October 2019 – Smythesdale to Seymour VIC

We had a very comfortable night.  We watched a little television before going to bed and were surprised to see that our house battery was sitting close to 13 volts when we checked first thing.

Today we drove through Ballarat and then experienced some of the best scenery with colour.

After passing through Daylesford, . . . → Read More: 22 October 2019 – Smythesdale to Seymour VIC

21 October 2019 – Warrnambool to Smythesdale VIC

Today we joined other members of our branch for a tagalong from Warrnambool back to Sydney.

Departing at 9:30am, we stopped for morning tea at a small local store in a small community called Mortlake.

From Mortlake we retraced some of the route that we took from Seymour to Hamilton before arriving at a . . . → Read More: 21 October 2019 – Warrnambool to Smythesdale VIC

20 October 2019  – Warrnambool VIC

We attended the Closing ceremony for the National Muster and managed to win the 3rd prize and the last prize in a raffle.  We left the closing ceremony with a $500 Woolworths card and a year’s membership of Kui Parks.

We had a Branch meeting later in the afternoon and that was followed by . . . → Read More: 20 October 2019  – Warrnambool VIC

19 October 2019  – Warrnambool VIC

There was no change in the weather when we poked our head out of the caravan door at 7:00am.

Today we attended the Annual General Meeting of the Australian Caravan Club.  With plans to attend a canon firing at Flagstaff Hill after the AGM, we elected to drive.

The AGM went as expected and . . . → Read More: 19 October 2019  – Warrnambool VIC

18 October 2019 – Warrnambool VIC

It was still raining, with the rain heavy at times.  Fortunately, our caravan is well insulated so other than the sound on the roof from the rain, we are extremely comfortable.

The issues that we had with the caravan (water in the hanging space and water under the bed) appear to have been fixed.

. . . → Read More: 18 October 2019 – Warrnambool VIC

17 October 2019 – Warrnambool VIC

We heard heavy rain falling overnight and, in the morning, we thought we heard some small hail falling.

Today we were booked to see the Maremma dogs at Flagstaff Hill.

In about 2006, a local chicken farmer, Swampy Marsh, suggested Maremma guardian dogs could be used to protect the penguins.  Swampy had successfully used . . . → Read More: 17 October 2019 – Warrnambool VIC

16 October 2019 – Warrnambool VIC

Another day of typical Victorian weather with rain, sun, wind, all four seasons in one day.

Today we had booked an “Art walk” that would take place in the middle of the day.  What the walk was all about was local graffiti which Warrnambool is famous for and also encourages under the right conditions.  . . . → Read More: 16 October 2019 – Warrnambool VIC

15 October 2019 – Warrnambool VIC

There were several activities that we could have been involved in, but we decided to “do our own thing”.

Our friend who joined us for our trip to the Great Ocean Road provided the transport today.

We had been told about an area call “Childers Cove” and that it was great scenery, and no . . . → Read More: 15 October 2019 – Warrnambool VIC

14 October 2019 – Warrnambool VIC

Today started with bus transportation into a large hall in Warrnambool where we attended the opening ceremony of the ACC National Muster.  That was followed by a morning tea before returning to the caravan park, again by bus.

“He” attended an ACC meeting in the afternoon before we both attended a charity afternoon tea.  . . . → Read More: 14 October 2019 – Warrnambool VIC

13 October 2019 – Warrnambool VIC

Today also started as a cloudy but dry day. Is a pattern starting to form?

Our intention today was to travel east and have another look at the tourist features of the Great Ocean Road.  We invited a friend to travel with us and he accepted our invitation.

Shortly after leaving our camp site, . . . → Read More: 13 October 2019 – Warrnambool VIC

12 October 2019 (Sat) – Warrnambool VIC

Today started as a cloudy but fine day.

Our alarm sounded at 7:00am so we were up fairly quickly to call our Grandson (his 13th birthday) by phone and shortly after, via a Viber call.

With little planned and our ACC muster not formally starting to Monday, today was a quiet day.

With almost . . . → Read More: 12 October 2019 (Sat) – Warrnambool VIC