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Blue Snoopy is a 2012 Nova Vita Caravan pulled by a 2012 Nissan Navara ST Dual Cab Ute.

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Saturday 21 March 09 – Wagga Wagga to Sydney

Prior to heading off to bed on Friday night, our decision to return to Sydney one day earlier had been made. Returning via mid NSW and the Blue Mountains would have only added to the overall fuel bill and as it would have been unlikely that we would free camp, it would have cost . . . → Read More: Saturday 21 March 09 – Wagga Wagga to Sydney

Friday 20 March 09 – Echuca VIC to Wagga Wagga NSW

All good times must come to and end and realisation hit home when the alarm sounded at 6.30am. Our original plan (or version eight of the second variation of the plan) was to travel home by central NSW with stops at Griffiths and Cowra before returning home via the Blue Mountains. Thinking that the . . . → Read More: Friday 20 March 09 – Echuca VIC to Wagga Wagga NSW

Thursday 19 March 09 – Ballarat to Echuca VIC

Sadly we said farewell to our friends who were returning to their home in Melbourne. We departed at 8.30am and headed back into Bendigo for a 9.30am tour of the Central Deborah Gold Mine. The cost was $24 each and we consider that excellent value for money. We were provided with hard hats and . . . → Read More: Thursday 19 March 09 – Ballarat to Echuca VIC

Wednesday 18 March 09 – Ballarat to Bendigo VIC

We awoke to a cool clear morning and the promise of fine weather for the rest of the day. The forecast also indicated that the temperature would be increasing over the next couple of days heading back to the low to mid 30’s.

With our friends from Melbourne, the plan for the day was . . . → Read More: Wednesday 18 March 09 – Ballarat to Bendigo VIC

Tuesday 17 March 09 – Ballarat VIC

For the second day in a row, it was raining when we awoke and the forecast was for isolated showers in the morning and then clearing to a fine day.

With our friends seated in the motor home, we headed off just before 9.00am for a leisurely day looking around Ballarat. First stop was . . . → Read More: Tuesday 17 March 09 – Ballarat VIC

Monday 16 March 09 – Ballarat VIC

It was raining when we awoke and the forecast was for isolated showers during the day.  At 9.45am we were at the Ballarat Gold Museum before going into Sovereign shortly thereafter.

Sovereign Hill is a wonderful replication of the early days in Ballarat when the city survived on gold.  The displays covers both alluvial . . . → Read More: Monday 16 March 09 – Ballarat VIC

Sunday 15 March 09 – Naracoorte SA to Ballarat VIC

We had decided to make an early start with the original intention of going to the evening show at Sovereign Hill at Ballarat. When we learned of the cost, we decided not to see the evening show but to concentrate on a full day there instead. Whilst listening to the radio, we heard that . . . → Read More: Sunday 15 March 09 – Naracoorte SA to Ballarat VIC

Saturday 14 March 09 – Swan Reach SA to Naracoorte SA

It had rained during the night and as a result of having to get up to close windows, we were both only sleeping lightly when the alarm sounded at 6.00am.

By 8.00am we were ready to go but we spent several minutes with last minutes farewells to several of our new friends. Today was . . . → Read More: Saturday 14 March 09 – Swan Reach SA to Naracoorte SA

Friday 13 March 09 – Swan Reach SA

We slept in! The alarm had been set for 7.00am and we were in no hurry to rise as the only planned function today was the Presentation Dinner and that was in the evening.  The final UHF radio broadcast took place at 8.30am and we were informed that the local museum would be open . . . → Read More: Friday 13 March 09 – Swan Reach SA

Thursday 12 March 09 – Meringur VIC to Swan Reach SA

We were up early but were the fourth last vehicle to leave on the final driving day of the safari. Today we would leave Victoria and travel into South Australia with our intended destination being a small town on the banks of the Murray River called Swan Reach.

It was dry but overcast when . . . → Read More: Thursday 12 March 09 – Meringur VIC to Swan Reach SA

Wednesday 11 March 09 – Tooleybuc NSW to Meringur VIC

As usual, the alarm was set for 6.30am and our day began shortly thereafter. The sky was overcast but it was dry. In the daylight we were able to look at the results of the storm on the previous night and the ferocity was demonstrated with tree branches lying on the ground and talk . . . → Read More: Wednesday 11 March 09 – Tooleybuc NSW to Meringur VIC

Tuesday 10 March 09 – Moulamein to Tooleybuc NSW

Our day started at 6.30am. Breakfast was available in the sports club for $5.00 per head so we experienced a bread roll with bacon, egg and cheese, juice and coffee.  This certainly was a great way to start the day!

Our departure time today was a fair way down the list so we were . . . → Read More: Tuesday 10 March 09 – Moulamein to Tooleybuc NSW

Monday 9 March 09 – Coleambally to Moulamein NSW

It was warm last night but we were still able to have a comfortable nights sleep.

Departure was set at 9.30am and the sequence would result in us being in the last group of vehicles to depart. We were asked to proceed down the main street of Coleambally to farewell the locals who had . . . → Read More: Monday 9 March 09 – Coleambally to Moulamein NSW

Sunday 8 March 09 – Coleambally NSW

The alarm sounded at 7.00am (yes, we had decided to have a sleep-in).

Today was a day of rest with a two hour bus tour of the area scheduled to happen prior to happy hour. Today an invitation had been given to the locals (local population is 660) that for a gold coin donation, . . . → Read More: Sunday 8 March 09 – Coleambally NSW

Saturday 7 March 09 – Ganmain to Coleambally NSW

We had another good sleep with the temperature in the van very comfortable. We arose early to prepare for breakfast that was provided by a set donation to the local football club. Immediately after breakfast, “She” went into town to attend the local markets which she enjoy as $50 was given to local causes . . . → Read More: Saturday 7 March 09 – Ganmain to Coleambally NSW

Friday 6 March 09 – Rankins Springs to Ganmain NSW

As each night passes, we sleep sounder. The temperature last night was extremely comfortable and required a blanket for warmth.

We arose early, had breakfast and after the daily radio call we attended the golf championship where the safarites each had three putts on a sand green. We both failed to move on to . . . → Read More: Friday 6 March 09 – Rankins Springs to Ganmain NSW

Thursday 5 March 09 – Lake Cargelligo to Rankins Springs

We had what must be one of the best nights sleeps since owning a motor home as the temperature was perfect and we both slept soundly. The alarm sounded at 6.30am and we were both up quickly to prepare for a new day. “She” attended Tai Chi at 8.30am whilst “He” went for a . . . → Read More: Thursday 5 March 09 – Lake Cargelligo to Rankins Springs

Wednesday 4 March 09 – Parkes to Lake Cargelligo

We were up at 6.00am when “She” started the day with a motor home shower. We were ready to leave by 8.00am and waited until the daily UHF radio call at 8.30am. At 9.50am, Blue Snoopy was the fourth vehicle to leave heading to the official starting point at the local visitor’s centre. After . . . → Read More: Wednesday 4 March 09 – Parkes to Lake Cargelligo

Tuesday 3 March 09, Wellington to Parkes

The alarm sounded at 7.00am and today we arose immediately. We were on the road just after 9.00am and “She” was The Captain for the 105 kilometre cross country leg of our trip. As we left the road going into Wellington Caves, the GPS said turn right, so naturally, we went left. We had . . . → Read More: Tuesday 3 March 09, Wellington to Parkes

Monday 2 March 09 -Bathurst to Wellington NSW

The alarm was set for 7.00am but we stayed put for another 30 minutes before rising.

We departed just after 9.30am and took our time driving to Orange where we stopped to purchase some fresh food. We had lunch at a roadside stop and arrived at Wellington Caves just after 1.15pm. We booked a . . . → Read More: Monday 2 March 09 -Bathurst to Wellington NSW

Sunday 1 March 09 – Sydney to Bathurst NSW

It seems like ages since our last big trip and we have both been looking forward to this one because we will be meeting a new group of people and it will also give us the opportunity to try out the full potential of the motor home.

We decided to take a couple . . . → Read More: Sunday 1 March 09 – Sydney to Bathurst NSW

Major Contributors to our Charity – The RFDS

Australian Motor Home 2009 CMCA Charity Safari

 

The following organisations / individuals have answered our request for donations in favour of our charity of choice, The Royal Flying Doctor Service.

 

[singlepic=123,128,96,,]Gateway Credit Union Ltd, Sydney NSW  www.gatewaycu.com.au

 

[singlepic=127,128,96,,]Sydney RV Centre, Narrabeen NSW

www.sydneyrvcentre.com.au

 

[singlepic=125,128,96,,]Chiswick Plumbing, Wareemba NSW www.chiswickplumbing.com.au

 

[singlepic=124,128,96,,]The . . . → Read More: Major Contributors to our Charity – The RFDS

Australian Motor Homes 2009 CMCA Charity Safari

HELP US HELP THE ROYAL FLYING DOCTOR SERVICE

  On 3 March 2009, “He” & “She” are travelling in their motor home “Blue Snoopy” to the Midwestern NSW town of Parkes to join up with another 70+ motor homes and campervans to participate in the “Australian Motor Homes 2009 CMCA Charity Safari” (** see Note below). 

. . . → Read More: Australian Motor Homes 2009 CMCA Charity Safari