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January 31st Friday
Dartmoor, I told you it gets better we are here tonight and leave tomorrow heading south to somewhere else, where not sure we will find "Somewhere Else"

Dartmoor:


When this came out of the water the noise was unreal, everyone in town knows you put in a $1

Today took a lot of work hope you like it. See you tomorrow somewhere else.

January 30th Thursday
Dartmoor is a little town close to the South Australian border one shop, one hotel, maybe smaller than White Cliffs. But it has heaps have a look below they are old trees.

I do some more tomorrow there is about a 100 in town and it gets a lot better. The last picture the sun in the perfect spot. There's a heap to come.

January 29th Wednesday
Kylie Happy Birthday, we love you heaps.

We left Koroit after two weeks a nice place and we will return. Hooked up the caravan and headed for Dartmoor via Haywood, we stopped in Haywood at the IGA and picked up a few things we needed.

I tell you a lot more about Dartmoor tomorrow it is only 30km's from the South Australia border.


We are in a free camp in 500m from town.


I am slowly cleaning up the old caravan.

We met Graham and Di at the Koroit Caravan Park and met up with them to in Dartmoor so "Happy Hour" at 5pm is alive and doing well.

Right now at 8:50pm it is only 16c so we will not need the fan on tonight. Adrian won a 80w Solar Cell on eBay for us, $159 it folds up when not in use. We are looking forward to the day we can plug it in on the road.

January 28th Tuesday
We went for a drive west along the coast to the west past Port Fairy to a small place called Yambuk right beside the sea It a bit of a odd place as you will see below.


Yambuk Lake see the sand hill well it is 100m to the sea.


The Yambuk Slide beside the lake, it 40c here today it maybe a hot ride on the slide.


Not sure what you call this a house boat, no a caravan boat, no it a caravan on a house boat. Pulled up at the Jetty.

Graham and Teena have a caravan on the back of a truck I guess this is the next step put the caravan on water a motor on the back a BBQ on the front.

The temperature here today was 40c and a strong wind from the north. Tomorrow we head about 130km's west to Dartmoor around 30km's from the South Australia border.

January 27th Monday
A very quite day we went to Warrnambool shopping at "Cheap as Chips" they have a really big store here. Next we went to the beach and we stayed there till 4pm.


I have taken better pictures but the best today.

 

Back in Koroit I took a picture of a sign at the front gate to the Koroit Caravan Park just in case someone may like to come. Koroit Irish Festival 25th to 27th April 2014. Koroit is only 15km's from Warrnambool.


Koroit Irish Festival 25th to 27th April 2014

Tomorrow our last day here we head off on Wednesday morning right now we are looking at a free camp at Dartmoor the free camp called Fort O'Hara for the record Dartmoor is on Google Maps at

37 55 33 s 141 17 06 e

Copy and paste into Google Maps, if anyone been there send me some info please. Someone will say you missed Portland, no we spent three's weeks there in 2011.

January 26th Sunday (Australia Day)
We did fly the flag today, the flags were free in town and most people had a flag up, a lot of people moved out today heading for home, work and school.


Our Australia day flags in Koroit Caravan Park.

Carol did the washing and did a small running repair on the caravan, we then drove the 15km's into Warrnambool for lunch.


This shop in the main street it is 6ft x 6ft they cook on a gas BBQ and sever a $6.00 meal and it was good food, he Australian and is trading well.

Next stop was the beach area of Warrnambool with a lot of rocks. People are heading home and leaving the area to the Gary Hair Nomads till Easter time.


One of the local beach's


Warrnambool

We had a good day in Warrnambool, shops closed and everyone was in slow mode.

January 25th Saturday
The day Koroit wakes up and comes to life the "Koroit Truck Show", around a 100+ trucks new and old and the really old timers. I loved the new Volvo truck you sit 11ft above the ground.

They say a picture says a thousand words and I do not know a lot about big trucks.


Koroit Truck Show


Knitting and selling socks for drivers


Not just big trucks a show car, after all there is $5000 for best vehicle


Trucks all cleaned up for the big day.


The new Volvo Truck around 11ft to the drivers seat (six big steps to get in and out)


It looks good and super clean it has to be a winner for a working truck.

My first truck show there was more than trucks some really old cars lots of GT Falcon's lots of old trucks from 30s, 40s to new trucks used today. If I see another truck show I have a look. We walk next to the caravan park to the show and walked back to the caravan park, for the record $10 a ticket profit to cancer council.

Rest of the day, we went to Cheese World in Warrnambool for a late lunch.


Cheeseworld Warrnambool I had a beef roll, no cheese.

January 24th Friday
An easy day in Koroit and Port Fairy area the local fuel station will be selling cheap fuel this weekend due to the Koroit Truck Show. Diesel was $1.64 Warrnambool $1.66 in Port Fairy and $1.55 in Koroit. If you have 100 plus trucks in town for the show a good price for fuel, maybe he or she is right to cut the price.

Port Fairy was our lunch stop on the beach, our new camera has a Panorama view so I gave it ago at the beach from the car park.


Port Fairy Beach (Panorama View) not to bad.

You will see a person in the water, he just a dot the picture below was taken at 30x power zoom for all the camera buffs.


Port Fairy Beach taken at 30x power zoom (not great but not to bad I was about 500m to 600m away at the time.)

The caravan park full due to the truck show, they have opened up the Town Gardens next door for camping (no power) the council running around town doing a big cleanup for the weekend. Right now Carol outside helping put up a big tent for the weekend, better go help.


Carol helping with the tent, she has the building manual in her hand, no comment.

Tomorrow another day.

January 23rd Thursday
We spent the morning at the caravan park in Koroit. We then went for a drive to east of Koroit about 40km's found a great junk shop to look around for an hour at Grassmere, George Taylor Stores it worth a look.

Next stop was Wangoom and lunch at the Wangoom General Store it a great gift shop.


Wangoom General Store, Carol sitting at the table on the veranda.

After lunch we drove to Hopkins Falls about 10km's east they look good but after a big rain they look great. We are at a lookout well above the falls, they drop about 20ft.


Hopkins Falls (North East of Warrnambool).

The caravan park starting to fill up for the Koroit Truck Show this Statuary it a big day for the town.

January 22nd Wednesday
We had a day in the local area today we went shopping for Kylie Birthday and then to the Post Office we brought her a nice gift picked by her father (o' my god she just said) it is a ?????..


Main Street of Koroit


The old Koroit courthouse (now a Inn) in the main street.


Koroit Post Office nice blue stone building.

We are here to Wednesday morning next week, (and we will be moving on this time) it a really big weekend in town the weekend street party and the Koroit Truck Show at the show grounds next to the Caravan Park.

We had coffee at a cafe in the main street, well Carol had a tea, I had a milk.

Finished the Auction Website for Adrian this afternoon been working on it for four days off and on you can find it at www.a1onsite.com note there is no .au if your a collector it worth a look.

January 21st Tuesday
We left Koroit for the day driving to Warrnambool for the day and around the Warrnambool area. On the way we drove past the Tower Hill Volcano and we seen a really good picture.


The water is inside the volcano a bottomless lake, at the back is the Southern Ocean next stop the south pole.

We went shopping in Warrnambool and had a look around the shop having lunch in Warrnambool CBD


Looking from the Warrnambool look out.


On the beach in Warrnambool.

Yes we are staying another week in Koroit, I think Carol like the 5pm Happy Hour with the people in the caravan park.

We were talking to a staff member from a local radio station and this morning they played a song for "Carol at Koroit Caravan Park." (where my song).

January 20th Monday
After a late start we drove into town to the supermarket then back to the Koroit caravan park for lunch.

After we drove about 35km's to Woolsthorn north of Koroit, it is about the size of White Cliffs maybe 200 people. It is a farming area.


The Woolsthorn General Store


Woolsthorp Public School, great old blue stone building

Back in Koroit we had "happy hour" at 5pm in the caravan park till about 6:30pm. We are to book out on Wednesday morning but you guessed it, Carol wants to stay another week she made a lot of new friends in the park.

Tomorrow we are planning a 20km trip to Warrnambool for a bit of shopping and a look around that seems to be the place to shop for the local people.

January 19th Sunday
A big day, and tonight I have a jumper on. Port Fairy, about 15km's from Koroit Caravan Park, I cannot say I am wrapped in the main street it a bit mixed up it starts, stops and starts again and there 50,000 people in the street.

The old building look good and there a large number of them.


A very old St John's


Port Fairy waterfront area


There are a lot of boats in the waterfront area.

View more on Port Fairy chick here

Port Fairy part of the great ocean road click here

We have taken a 6 for 7 deal here at the caravan park meaning we pay for six nights and get the 7th night free of charge. We have met some very nice people at the park, most people in the park travel full time they live for years on the road. One couple sold up in Melbourne in 2005 and are still on the road they have been around Australia seven times.

Another couple told me they have traveled almost every road in Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria they have been on the road six years, about every two years they upgrade their caravan. They always buy a second hand caravan, she said we have no real bills, no rates power water land tax's and no rent we do a lot of free camping spending two weeks a month in a caravan park.

When we travel we move no more than a 100km's at a time traveling no more that 500 to 600km's a month, about a $100 a month for fuel with the caravan on. The van they have now worth about $60,000 the first van cost us $5000 what we save we spend on the next caravan.


Happy Hour tonight at the caravan park here in Koroit.


Happy Hour every sunday night at 5pm

January 18th Saturday
Apart from a quick drive to the supermarket we stayed at home today Carol did some art I worked on a new auction website for Adrian it was a cool 18c almost all day they say 13c tonight.

Tonight we have been here for four nights they made an offer we can stay up to seven for $19 a night so we are staying to Wednesday morning next week that suits us fine we like it here.

There was an old movie some years ago where he sued the church as the court said a lighting strike was a act of god. We were sitting outside talking today if god made all the hills and Volcano's then the church should sue Telstra for all the phone towers around here. (just a joke), every Volcano has a phone tower...

Hope it cools down soon for the people in Albury, Wodonga, Wangaratta and Yarrawonga.

We have a influx of show dogs tonight there is a dog show in Port Fairy this weekend.

Next weekend the caravan park is full as next Saturday the truck show in Koroit right next to the park at the sports oval. We will leave Wednesday at the latest.

I see Google has found us a bit of a bugger, if you type "Three Dots Rex n Carol" this page pops up. I will write to Google and say go away we do not want you.

January 17th Friday
A very hot morning here in Koroit we had 41c, then around 2pm the wind went from the north to the south east and the temperature fell to 21c in ten minutes.

Last night we watched in the north east a fire storm in the air off the coast over the sea it was like a plane burning the sky was on fire at around 25,000 feet. I have never seen that before.

Koroit and the caravan park are on the side of a Volcano it is called Tower Hill Reserve we spent a good part of the day at the Volcano there is a road around the rim. Tower Hill was Victoria first National Park in 1892.

They say was formed by a major eruption some 32,000 years ago and soon after it had 40 more eruptions. Here's hoping there not one over the weekend.


If it was to have a eruption all the water would turn to steam in a minute.


The inside rim, note the phone tower.


This is around 2k from the caravan park, looking from the top of the rim.

Local Website click here

Every rim has a phone tower, right or wrong, I am not sure.

 

January 16th Thursday
After a cool night we had a hot day, no it was a shocking day we recorded 46c at 3:30pm. We went and sat in the local gardens under a 50ft tree that helped a bit.

About 10am we went for a drive to Port Fairy township, gee that's a busy place people are walking around like ants.


Post Office in the Main Street


Good place on a hot day Port Fairy jetty.

We went to the local Irish Pub for lunch and ended up talking to a couple from Ballarat for two hours in the pub. Click Here. Or search on Google for "Mickey Bourke's Hotel Koroit Victoria". Established in 1853 and purchased by the Bourke family in 1920. It a good looking Pub click the link and have a look at the picture.

Tomorrow we are going to book another two day and look around the local area and walk around the town.

January 15th Wednesday
We left Colac driving south looking for somewhere cooler we follow the Pacific Highway all the way to Port Fairy looking for a camp site we rang around a powered camping site $45 to $90 a night in Port Fairy, I told the lady we did not wish to buy the park just stay a few nights. What a joke.

I looked on the map and found a camping park at Kotoit 20km's from Port Fairy, nice neat and very clean park. The Kotoit park cost $23 night and it full.


Our little 16ft van gets lost among the big 20 to 30ft vans.


The Kotoit Caravan Park has a nice camp kitchen to cook in.


Part of the Kotoit Caravan Park a playground and picnic area.

Not sure how long but we may stay up to four nights, we will go for a drive around the area tomorrow Thursday.

Today's weather was really steamy the temperature was 23 to 26c but not a nice day to work. It felt like about 40c.

January 14th Tuesday
There's only one word for today and that's "Hot" we got to 42c in the shade outside the caravan. We went to Rivers, Cole's and Target in Colac tonight we are back at the free camp by the lake.

Looks like we will move on tomorrow west towards South Australia we are not going to beat the heat but may feel better sitting in a air condition Ford Van going along the road.

Where are we going, well we do not know yet, where going where every we stop tomorrow night.


Center of Colac park.

January 13th Monday
Monday the start of a new week we left Learmonth around 9am driving into Ballarat stopping for a coffee by the roadside. Today was only a short drive of 123kms to Colac we are in a free camp at the top end of Lake Colac there are about ten campers here tonight.


Our setup a Lake Colac.

I was asked about toilets, we have our own toilet in the van and as you can see we have a shower tent outside at the back of the van.


Tonight at sunset from the caravan.

We like this spot and are planning a five to seven night stop over. We went shopping today people about fifty meters away kept a close eye on our caravan we will stay here tomorrow afternoon while they have a look around the local area.

January 12th Sunday
As you would have read we stayed in Elmore free camp last night. by dark last night we ended up with 30 caravans in the free camp last night we even had a visit from the local police he / she just drove around and left. when you think about it counting kids there be a hundred people there last night.

This morning we went into Elmore for a look around then drove here via Bendigo and Marybrough. We pull into the Learmonth caravan park around 1pm it is on Lake Learmonth it is a good size lake. The town and the lake are good the caravan park is not clean. We will stay one night then move on it just needs a really big cleanup.


Lake Learmonth Victoria.

We stay here tonight to take on water, and charge the batteries make some block ice. Adrian had so ice packs that he gave up they are great. We have a refrigerator in the Transit Van and a bigger one in the Caravan. We can keep food frozen for two days.

I hear Albury Wodonga and Wangaratta are 40+c we are 24c today with a cool wind blowing across the lake.

January 11th Saturday
We left Wodonga around 10am driving to the Elmore Free Camp site on the Campaspe River, nice spot very dry and no power today and tonight. The Ford Transit Van has dual battery and a 12v to 240v inverter.So we are running off rear batteries in the van.

Where is the free camp I have been asked. Type into Google Earth or Google Maps the line below, do a copy and paste:

36 27 32 s 144 40 03 e

In bush mode we have normal 240v lighting and 12" 240v fan computers and phone chargers. We have LP Gas stove outside and inside the caravan, all this is nothing special these days.


Bush camp shower with rubber flooring, we are in bush camp mode.


Local river I would not drink the water but it quite clean.


This is looking west, there are around 20 vans in the free camp tonight.

The weather getting hotter so tomorrow we will head south and cooler weather we hope.

January 10th Friday
Not a lot to report today we left Walwa around 9:30am driving to Albury Wodonga via the Murray River road on the Victoria side, passed Granya and over the Bethanga Bridge.


Hume Weir waters in the early morning.


Hotel Granya also known Granya House, know very little about it other than it a grand old building.

In Lavington we went to the Lavington Shopping Center for lunch and a look around the shops.

Around 2pm we went to Kylie and Troy's place and seen Joyce and Muffy who was out for the afternoon.

We did some work on the Transit Van then drove over to Wodonga to Carmen and Damon place, we are staying the night then heading south tomorrow Saturday.

January 9th Thursday
The big news is not Rex and Carol, it is Julie and Lee and new born at 11:30pm last night "Miss Paislie Crista Riddell" that great news a new family member that has to be added to the family tree.

We had a very casual day in Walwa at the caravan park, We put a curtain up behind the front seats in the Ford Transit Van as we are heading into some really hot weather next week. The hope is the air conditioner will work better on really hot days.

I started sowing a new zip in the back window of the pop up section of the caravan.

Tonight the last day in Walwa so we went out for a meal at the local hotel really enjoyed out time here and will return next year.


Late tonight sitting outside the caravan right on sunset.

If you look close you will see the Murray River and the sun shining on the hill in the background. I be sorrow to leave our million dollar view here at Walwa. Tomorrow we head back to Albury for a car service and a night at Carmen place. Then we head south for two months across Victoria and into South Australia.

January 8th Wednesday
I am a bit late doing the website tonight, The website has been hit 300 times in it short life time. Today we went for a drive to Corryong via Tintaldra and Towong it about 45km's from Walwa caravan park.


"The Man From Snowy River" area


From the lookout near Tintaldra looking out at the snow fields.

We then went into Corryong township for lunch and a look around town, we went to the Supermarket in the main street.


Not a great picture but this is the main street of Corryong.

The trip back to Walwa was Corryong, Cudgewa, The Bluff Falls, Tintaldra to Walwa. We drove to the Bluff Water Fall... I have been there a number of times before with Scouts and Cubs but that was many years ago.


Bluff Falls near Cudgewa

You can drive to within 250m of the falls in the car you have a dirt road up hill for about 4kms and you walk the last 250m. Carol had a lot of trouble walking the last few years, today she walked to the top up hill.

January 7th Tuesday
Very cool night in Walwa and a wonderful day, we now have a waterproof power point fitted to the side on the caravan it works well right now we have the bread maker cooking outside the van.

Next to Walwa on the New South Wales side of the Murray River you will find Jingellic it has a grand old pub.


The Jingellic Hotel in bush land backs onto the Murray River.

There are cabins beside the hotel and off to the left you will find a nice Free Camping spot, yep it cost nothing but no power. There are toilets and showers at the Hotel to use for a small fee.


You can camp for FREE but no power.

The water in the background is the Murray River, the picture shows only about 25% of the free camp area. Today there where about ten camps in the free camp. Think you can stay about two week then you have to move on. You will find the free camp in the "Camps Map Book" it is about 105km's from Albury Wodonga area. You do not book just turn up it is a big site and fit about fifty camps.

January 6th Monday
A very cool day in Walwa 16c. We went for a drive around the Walwa township it is not a big town but it is a neat tidy town.


The Walwa CBD.


Outside the General Store.


Inside the General Store

At one end of the shop is a small well stocked supermarket and newsagent the other a neat coffee shop with lots of old toys and items from yesteryear.


Murray River at the Walwa Caravan Park

Back at the caravan park I went for a walk along the Murray River finding a nice spot for a swim (no I did not go for a swim) to cold.

Happy Birthday Joyce 3yr's old a big girl now.

January 5th Sunday
We packed up and left Wodonga driving to Holbrook where we stopped for a cup of coffee. The road may have by passed Holbrook but the people have not the town was very busy.

We then drove to the Walwa Caravan Park right on the Murray River as you can see in the pictures below a park with a million dollar view.

This is not a super modern park but it is a very clean park the bottom picture I took using my camera phone sitting in a chair. We are about 25m from the water but we are up about 5m above the river. If you look close you will see a fence along the top of the river bank with gates to open making it safe for kids.

We had a lot of wind today but the wind kept the temperature down. We will have a look around the area tomorrow, for the record it cost $25.00 for a powered site. More on Walwa area tomorrow night.

Happy Birthday Joyce three years old tomorrow Monday.

January 4th Saturday
I was told today it is 361 days to Christmas, that's not funny at all. it was a family day and a bit of shopping.

For Christmas Carol gave me a book called Camps Version 7 it a book that tells you where to free camp in Australia so after next week we are going to give it ago as per the book we have a new outdoor shower and hand shower from Rays Outdoor in Albury today. We have a toilet built in the caravan.

We went to Spotlight and Bunnings' we also seen my granddaughter Joyce who turns a big three on Monday.


Yes, that Joyce using a computer if you do not use a computer the right way she will pull you into line she had her first computer at one. Don't blame me talk to her mother and father. Her mother had a computer at one year old.

Joyce told me today on Monday she will be a big girl. Later in the day we went and seen Carmen and Damon and Carol grandchildren in Wodonga.

I been asked which caravan park we are staying in Wodonga it the one in Melbourne Rd next to the Holden Dealer.

Tomorrow we head to Walwa on the Murray River for a week we want to see the Murray River near the start in two month's we will see the end in South Australia.

January 3rd Friday
We packed and left Mansfield around 9am the morning I go back to Mansfield but not at Christmas time. The town had far to many people for the size of the town most from the Melbourne area. City people seem to be so hard on their kids young mother yelling all the time.

We are in Wodonga tonight at the caravan park for two nights and so far it been nice place we can setup came in about forty minutes.


Wodonga Caravan Park.

First thing was to get a front wheel lineament done on the Ford Transit van it was wearing tyres out on the inside right side front, all fix at a cost of $150... That's cars.

We went to Wodonga Plaza with about 2000 other people Carol had her hair done I sat in the coffee shop for an hour.

Guard Dog
At the caravan park they have their own guard dog on duty he does not like walking he like to sit in the golf buggy.

January 2nd Thursday
Our last day in Mansfield we went for a walk along the mail street we then spent the rest of the day sitting around the caravan park doing almost nothing.

Main street

Finding a parking spot in the main street is a big no, no it hard work just walking down the street.

I did sort out the Transit van packing stuff away and making more room. We are going to stay in a Caravan Park in Wodonga tomorrow night (we think) as I need to get a front wheel lineament done on the Transit Van.

I had a phone text from White Cliffs late today and it is 48c there today, that a good reason to head south for the summer.

January 1st Wednesday 2014
The first day of a new year, we had a few fireworks go off in the Caravan Park last night other than that it was a normal night.

Where did it all go, if you look down the left side you will find December 2013 and the word (click here) and read the December 2013 blog.

We went for a drive on the Mount Buller Tourists Road to "Sawmill Settlement" it may have been a saw mill, today it full of million dollar homes a block or land starts at $575,000.00 I must say it a fire waiting to happen.


Sawmill Settlement

This is the better end of town I seen homes roof gutters full of leaves and trees everywhere. It is about 25km's from Mansfield.

Back in town we pulled out the bread maker, there's nothing like home made bread. In White Cliffs we always make our own bread.

Tomorrow we start packing up as we leave Friday heading back towards Wangaratta and Albury Wodonga for two day then Walwa on the Murray River for a week.

It is trying hard to rain, so far not enough to fill a cup.