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March 31st Thursday
We left Koroit around 9:30am and turned north towards home for the first time. We found a nice place about 90kms north called Dunkeld. We were thinking this will do for two nights so we booked into the caravan park for two nights $25 night with power.


Dunkeld a very small town a general store a few food shops a hardware shop, police station that's it.


But it does have one big thing The Grampians yes it has one of Victoria biggest tourist attractions right at it's door.

Tomorrow we are planning a drive to Hamilton 30kms west of here that a good size city.

That was today,

Joi had treatment today had no news.

 

March 30th Wednesday
Bit later tonight we have packing up out side the caravan we pulled the fly screen down and the awning packed up the chairs and table.

It was a another cold day in Koroit they are saying tomorrow the sun will come out it going to warm up.

This has been our longest stop in one place 8days it is nice in Koroit we have been here three years in a row the first year $15 night last year $19 this year $25 night it is a council owned caravan park. But it is one of the best parks we stay in. The park has room for around forty campers there are six here tonight.

From the emails I have found out we are the last people to visit the Mickey Burke Hotel in Koroit it's a great building, I was driving past today so I took a picture below.


It a really nice building.

All I can say is "We are on the road again."

We are 1140kms from home and we are in no rush. It may take us around ten days we have a lot to see on the way. I am looking forward to Brim a small town on the way. If your into Art you will like Brim.

Have fun better weather ahead.

Hello Joi and Peter in Melbourne.

 

 

March 29th Tuesday
Koroit still cold we had some rain last night but not much. I drove up to the main street early afternoon and went for a walk along the main street, down one side and up the other side.

This is a old broken town many of the shops closed years ago overnight like the local automotive shop it closed in the 70s it still there full of new parts see the pictures I took today.


It still full of parts there must be a 1000 parts on the shelf.

For some reason around ten shop just closed and no one seems to know why. Most of the shops have homes above or behind them. People live in the homes today.


Milk Factory.

Where do they work, they travel to Warrnambool some to Portland but most work in Koroit itself at the Milk factory on the South side.


Koroit Main Street, book shop and newsagency still trading today.

Here tomorrow Wednesday, head off Thursday to the north and home. No rush home is 1100kms away.

Hello to Faye and John in Wangaratta.

Tomorrow we will start packing the caravan and have a early start Thursday.

 

March 28th Monday
Not a great day in fact it was a shocker , very cold most of today it was a very cool 13c it did get to 15c late in the day we never seen the sun.

Hope you had a better day wherever you are.

We drove into Warrnambool for a look and went for a look around the ocean area.


All taken in Warrnambool today, not a day for swimming but a good day for looking.

End of the Easter break some eleven campers moved out of the caravan park today there are six left. Di and Graham are still here with us the rest of our group have moved on.

Last night we all went out to Mickey Bourke hotel for a meal, gee it was a big meal, the last thing we feel like doing today is eating.


Doug in Queensland sent me a picture taken at the family day over Easter, have a look at the boy in the background (right side) he sure loves being there. Thanks Doug. (where's Doug behind the camera or in the suit.)

How easy it is to get into trouble, Easter time and we were given a bag of small Easter eggs. We sat the bag on a shelf above the sink.
Someone may have guess what happened a egg rolled out of the bag into the sink in the caravan. Blocking the sink and it would not come out. We tried hot water everything so we spent 3hrs getting the sink drain out removing the egg and putting it all back together.

Hoping for a warm day tomorrow.

Hello to Sue and David in Gippsland.


 

March 27th Sunday
Easter Sunday and we spent the day inside a Volcano at tower hill. The township of Koroit and the Caravan Park is at the base of Tower Hill Volcano.

Tower Hill is an inactive volcano on the south-West coast of Victoria, Australia. Within the crater, the explosion also formed a series of small cones (known as scoria cones) and spheres surrounded by a crater lake. Tower Hill volcano is roughly 4 km wide and 80 m high. It has a gradient altering between 10% to 80% at the higher points.


The family may remember this place we came here as kids, Dad was driving at the time.

The Koroitgundidj people long inhabited this region of Australia and have lived in the area of Tower Hill since before recorded history. The first confirmed sighting of Tower Hill by Europeans was by French explorers sailing with Captain Baudin aboard Géographe in 1802. Matthew Flinders sailed east along the southern coast of Australia and on 20 April 1802 in the ship's log referred to "Peaked Hill Position uncertain", which may refer to Tower Hill.


This reminded me of Hawaii

The group having lunch together today.

The Hill was painted by the artist Eugene von Guerard in 1855, who was the foremost landscape artist in the colonies at the time. The painting is now in the Warnambool art gallery.

Now part of the state park system as the Tower Hill State Game Reserve, it previously saw service as a pasture for stock animals, fields for crop growing, a stone quarrying, an unofficial motorcycle racing venue, a source of free timber, and a convenient community rubbish dump. By the middle of the last century the hills were almost completely denuded and virtually the only wildlife to be found were waterfowl that came to the crater lakes. The area has been reforested with native flora, and repopulated with native fauna over the past 40 years.


Emu's looking for food.


You need to look hard a Koala in the trees. Taken with my phone, not a great picture.

More than 300,000 native trees have been planted over the past two generations. This has created an environment capable of sustaining native animals such as koalas, emus, kangaroos, magpie geese, echidnas, possums, and water birds – all of which can be seen within the crater walls of Tower Hill.

Hello to Bill and Marg in Queensland thanks for the eMail not good you had to work.

Tonight we are our for dinner at the Koroit Hotel. Tomorrow some of the group go home we are here to next Thursday.

Next Thursday we turn north towards home in White Cliffs. It take a while to get there.

 

 

March 26th Saturday
We went into Warrnambool shopping this morning it was a very busy place.

Next stop was Port Fairy, nice place to spend some time.

Port Fairy is a coastal town in south-western Victoria, Australia. It lies on the Princes Highway in the Shire of Moyne, 28 kilometres west of Warrnambool and 290 kilometres west of Melbourne, at the point where the Moyne River enters the Southern Ocean.


Port Fairy main beach today, it was quite a cold day on the beach.


Looking the other way along the beach.


Looking up at the boat harbour, it was raining at the time.


Port Fairy a really nice place but don't buy coffee, in fact don't buy anything in Port Fairy it way over the top price wise.

In the early 19th century whalers and seal hunters used the coast in this region. The bay was named by the crew of the whaler The Fairy in 1828.

John Griffiths established a whaling station in 1835 and a store was opened in 1839. In 1843, James Atkinson, a Sydney solicitor, purchased land in the town by special survey. He drained the swamps, subdivided and leased the land, and built a harbour on the Moyne River. He named the town "Belfast" after his hometown in Ireland. The post office opened on 1 July 1837 before reverting to the original name on 20 July 1887.

Agriculture developed in the region, and Port Fairy became an important transport hub. By 1857 the town had a population of 2,190. In the mid-to-late 19th century, Port Fairy was one of Australia's largest ports, catering to the whaling industry.

A railway was extended to the town in 1890, but closed in 1977. It has been converted into the Port Fairy to Warrnambool Rail Trail.

Had a bit of rain last night and today maybe 5mm in 24hrs.

Hello to Bill and Jenny in White Cliffs have a good week end.


Scott sent me a picture of Joyce getting a face paint in Albury, Uncle Scott your a problem.

Muffy home in Albury today

Adrian and Dianne had a stand in Beechworth today.

All good in Koroit having a good weekend

 

March 25th Friday
Good Friday, and we did not do to much today I walked around the gardens next door they are very well looked after. I took a picture of one tree I liked the pictures below they tell the story.


I was told today the tree is 150yrs old.

 

We went for a drive around town the only shop that was open was IGA Supermarket in the main street. Almost no cars in the street but it is Good Friday.


There is a kid's playground at the Koroit Caravan Park.

On Sunday afternoon we hope to visit Tower Hill it's only about 1km from the caravan park, more about that over the weekend.

Hello to Doug in Queensland the solar system perfect.

Happy Easter.

 

March 24th Thursday
Happy Easter to all on 3Dots we are in Koroit Victoria and it is cold outside tonight, no air conditioner tonight we had to pull out the heater in the caravan.

All the gang are now at the Koroit Caravan Park Graham, Dianne from the north of New South Wales Vicki and George from South Australia and Carol and I make up the Easter Group. Should be a good Easter we have planned a few outings.

We are here till Thursday morning next week.


Koroit Gardens today.


The end where the caravan park is, that's our camp over there.

Koroit Caravan Park is at one end of the Koroit gardens it is a really nice park and super clean. It cost $25.00 a night to stay here that's two adults on a powered site with water.


Joyce had Easter hat day at school today she looked good in the picture Kylie and Troy sent me.

Kylie did her last shift at Woolworth's Supermarket to she staying home and looking after the family.

Hello to everyone on 3Dots have a Happy and safe Easter.

 

March 23rd Wednesday
We were up at 7:30am packing the caravan for the road trip today to Koroit on the coast (well 4kms from the coast) it was a 160km trip and we took our time, stopping for coffee it was an easy trip.


We are the blue dot for the next 8 nights.


We are back by the seaside, it always good to be by the seaside.

It started to rain early tonight, just light rain. Not good for pictures, we will some put more up tomorrow.

We have been asked what we will do "if we run out of water in White Cliffs."

Talked about that today we pack up the caravan and head to somewhere, White Cliffs has been low on water in the past but no one can remember it running out of water. Like I was told today (there's all ways a first time.) If we have no water we leave, it's not all about water it is the quality of the water.

As I said we are here for eight nights with friends, we all met in Koroit two years ago and we all said we meet back here at Easter 2016 and that's why we are here.

I take some pictures tomorrow (if it's not raining.)

 

Hello to all our friends here in Koroit.

 

 

March 22nd Tuesday
Very quite in Smythesdale today we went to the local supermarket for bread then back to the caravan where we stayed having a rest.

They building a pirate ship at the free camp where we are staying.


They said today it is work in progress, in the free camp.

This is our last night in Smythesdale you can only stay three nights free camping. Tomorrow we are heading for the caravan park in Koroit where we plan to stay eight nights.

So tomorrow it's "On The Road Again."

Rhonda, thank you for the email about water, White Cliffs is doing ok for now but Broken Hill is in a lot of trouble

Read about Broken Hill Click_Here.

Hello to George in Sydney.

Have fun, we will.

 

March 21st Monday
A very cool night in Smythesdale and a lot of fog around this morning the solar on the roof of the Mercedes Benz is working great but we will give it a big work out tonight Carol would like to watch television for about three hours.


Ballarat CBD

I also fixed the door catch on the caravan door today, the old one broke I fitted a new one.

We have tonight and tomorrow night in Smythesdale free camp that's our three night limit for free.


The Free Camp tonight (Max stay is 3 night.)

Then we head South for the last time to Koroit on the South coast we will be there with friends for 8 days...
We then turn north towards home in White Cliffs it may take 10days to get there, where in no rush.

Hello Sue and David in Gippsland.

A free day tomorrow may clean the car.

 

 

March 20th Sunday
We drove 100km's South today to a free camp at Smythesdale we are around 30km's south of Ballarat in Victoria.

The place we stayed at last night Mt Franklin we will go back there it's worth a second visit.

At Smythesdale today right next to the free camp a meet by the Ballarat 4WD club it is a 2km track of hills and mud where anyone with a 4WD can have a go.

They also have people sell wheels and tyres' cooking demonstration on how to cook in the bush. We went for a walk and we left the Mercedes Benz back at the camp. It was free to walk in.


Adrian sent me a picture from Geelong they had "Set Up Shop" at the fair there today. Picture of Dianne and customer.

Hello to Rhonda now in Queensland.

We will visit Ballarat tomorrow and stay here for three nights.

 

March 19th Saturday
Today we set off from Greens Lake Elmore Victoria driving around Bendigo to Castlemaine.

We had a reason going to Castlemaine, it all started in Canberra over a week ago and the reason was we went to the National Library. We were looking for a book written some years ago about Carol Family.

It was in the National Library Canberra we seen it, but were unable to copy it and it was out of print many years ago.

They did a search and told us there was one and only copy for sale at a book shop in Castlemaine, we rang the shop and they held it for us. Today we picked up the book $25.00

The shop has over a million books, it's unreal, all for sale I never seen a shop like it, if you want details please email me.

Tonight we 45kms south at Mount Franklin where the water comes for Mount Franklin mineral water. There is a FREE camp here.

Right now we are here and so are 300 other people, it's is packed a big school group and a church group plus a lot of campers like us.

And it is cold it is really cold.


We are the blue dot


Our camp tonight

We had total cloud cover all day so we are getting low on solar power, this will be our third night in a row on solar power.

We will come back here we both like it here and it's free.

Hello to Scott in Wangaratta.

Tomorrow we head southwest about 100km's (we think past Ballarat).

 

March 18th Friday
Another day besides Greens Lake Elmore last night we had 38mm of rain and very strong wind, really strong wind.

We did go for a short drive around 50km's today we drove Greens Lake to Rochester then Rochester to Elmore then the last leg Elmore to Greens Lake. It was a nice quite drive.

The solar worked perfectly last night we had the fan on most of the night the lights went we needed them. Putting the solar cell on top of the Mercedes Benz was a big plus.


Rochester today


Rochester main street.


Elmore Just a odd name.


Lot of old buildings in Elmore (Doug they sell train parts.)


Local Art Gallery in Elmore

Tomorrow we move south to somewhere no big plan may drive about 100 to 120kms then find a camp for the night.

Talk to Joi today what can one say other than treatment as required for next three months.

Muffy staying with Joi and Peter for now.

Adrian and Dianne having a wet and windy time on the coast.

And Susan getting ready for the big trip next month.

All good in White Cliffs I was talking to Bill today and told it's about time we came back.

Hello to the people in White Cliffs.

Tomorrow we are "On The Road Again".

 

 

March 17th Thursday
Left Wangaratta headed to Benalla where we stopped for morning tea and did some shopping at Aldi then off to Shepparton stopping for the night at Greens Lake near Elmore on the Midland Highway. I have a very weak Internet at Greens Lake.

It's not bad here a lot of water you can swim and fish in the lake.


Greens Lake is a FREE camp but no power we are running on solar power tonight I counted 48 camps around the lake tonight.


Our camp tonight beside the lake.


Greens Lake tonight there is a cool wind coming off the lake.

I am on Solar Power so that's it for today this is a big test for our roof top solar panel.

We will think about tomorrow but we may stay here and have a look around the local area.

Faye and John hope you had a good night last night, we did.

Hello to Peter, Joi and Muffy in Melbourne. Adrian and Dianne in Geelong.

 

Text us tonight our phone dropping in and out.

 

 

March 16th Wednesday
We left Albury and are in the caravan park in Wangaratta for the night, one night only, Three dots for today will be in two part. The main event for the day is Carol big sister Faye, big birthday bash that on tonight.

A big family get together tonight so I put the party pictures on tonight when we get home.

So I put this up and add to it late tonight


Birthday Girl tonight. Faye a really nice lady.


We must have a birthday cake.


Faye and granddaughter tonight at Faye party

Time for bed.

Tomorrow we head south towards Elmore.

 

March 15th Tuesday
It was a rest day today apart from noisy children I know I am getting old.

I did clean out the car today and repack the back of the Mercedes Benz. Apart from that we had coffee at the Wodonga Plaza.

The Solar cell seems to be working all ok the big test will be next weekend when we free camp. We now have 12.9v in the big battery in the back of the Benz as at sunset tonight.

I was asked a question about the solar does it charge the car battery?. No it does not, it only charges the caravan battery. It's in the car but has nothing to do with the car.

Tomorrow we pack up here and pickup the caravan from Adrian and Dianne place and head South to Wangaratta Caravan Park for one night. And Carol sister big birthday bash, should be a good night.

We then head south towards the Great Ocean Road area. It may take a week to get there we are in no rush.

All good here, sorry no pictures it was a rest day.

Susan only about three weeks to the big trip.

Hello to Joi, Peter and Muffy in Melbourne town.

Tomorrow it's "On The Road Again"

 

March 14th Monday
Another week, I went out to Adrian and Dianne place in Lavington and we install the 80w Solar Cell on the roof of the Mercedes Benz.


Why do it you may ask the 110amp hour battery is in the back of the Mercedes Benz I do not like sleeping with a battery in the caravan. The problem is if we went for a drive we were not charging the battery. Now as we drive around the solar cell on the roof will charge the battery and when we free camp we will have more power in the big battery. When we return to White Cliffs we will remove the solar cell from the roof.


Went past my old school today "Albury High School" that was a long time ago.


Have to work out if it's worth it, cement is $14.00 a bag in White Cliffs at Bunning's Wodonga today it was $5.00 a bag both bags were 20kg Geelong Cement. I have to work it our we can fit 400kg in the trailer (small trailer).

Went and seen John and Glenda today (thanks for the drink) like your new unit.

Bill in Queensland will be viewing 3Dots on his new computer tonight, good to hear the news Bill, have fun.

Adrian thanks for the help today. Also thank you to Doug who helped get this project started.

Tomorrow a rest day in Wodonga I am going to clean out the car.

 

March 13th Sunday
We spent the day with family Susan, Kylie, Troy and Joyce. We had a good day.


Not a good picture it was a bit dark. Joyce enjoyed eating the melon.

I hope to catch up with Scott in Wangaratta on Wednesday this week. I must say I am not feeling the best tonight.

Joi and Peter lost there cat in Melbourne today they are not having a good time in Melbourne this weekend.

I am going out to Adrian and Dianne in the morning to check out the caravan while we have a day off, need to check tyres, bearings and add grease where needed.

 

Hope tomorrow is a better day.

 

 

March 12th Saturday
Gundagai to Albury Wodonga today, that's a hard drive with the caravan so much of of the road is up hill the was working hard today well it seem to be working hard.

We dropped the caravan off at Adrian and Dianne place in Lavington. Thanks for the room over the next few day.

Tonight we are at Carol daughter's place in Wodonga, nice house. Damon, Carmen and the kids have gone camping for the weekend. Just think two TV's I don't have to watch MKR.

We will pickup the caravan on Wednesday morning and head south to Wangaratta for a family birthday party, staying one night in Wangaratta. I do hope the weather in Victoria better than in New South Wales. We will be back in White Cliffs sometime in April.

We all know how old our caravan is it's nothing special and there are a lot of vans around worth $80,000 and a lot more. Last night we had a man on his own sleeping in his Ford Falcon he would be over 70yr's old and he said I love to have a caravan like that, not this year but 2017 we may swap to a later model.


Taken with the phone, Wodonga Plaza today.

Hello to the people in White Cliffs hope it cools down soon. We will be home in about a month for coffee.

Not a lot today it was just a slow drive.

 

 

March 11th Friday
We left the Canberra area behind us this morning and headed South stopping at a free camp in Gundagai for the night. Nice spot two blocks from the main street, in fact I went for a walk to the shopping centre, a ten minute walk this afternoon.

It was a very wet today on the road and the Hume Freeway was quite busy, a lot of trucks.


The blue dot is the free camp, we have our own toilet and shower in the caravan.


If you are over 55yr's old you will remember this old bridge we once drove across it going South on the Hume Highway.


It was a big bridge many years ago.


Remember this, it is still there "The Dog on the Tucker Box"


The free camp tonight there are six camps setup here tonight.

 

Tomorrow we head for Albury Wodonga leaving the caravan at Adrian and Dianna place in Lavington. We will look after Carmen and Damon place in Wodonga while they are away for the long weekend.

Hello to Bill and Doug in Queensland have a good weekend in the sunshine state.

Albury Wodonga tomorrow.

 

 

March 10th Thursday
A big day we went into Canberra around 9:30am the first stop today was the Royal Australian Mint. If you ever come to Canberra put this on you places to visit there is a lot see at the mint and the prices are ok.
One thing I did do at the Mint today was make my own $2.00 coin and it has a date of 2016 there are no 2016 coins in the market as yet. Now the bad news it cost $3 to make, but it was a lot of fun.


No that's not money they are seats.


They are making money down there, coins by the bucket load.


The viewing area, but no free samples.


They show on the screen details about what they are doing.

Next stop was the Australian National Library in Canberra. That some building but no pictures so that was a bit of problem for a camera nut like me.


No pictures inside so the best I could do was take a picture in the restaurant But here is the link to their website CLICK_HERE

We joined the ANL and have a card that we can use online and have books posted to White Cliffs and return by mail. I found books on our family and books on White Cliffs that I like to view.

This afternoon we met up with Carol son for coffee he lives and works in Canberra. It was good to catch up Adam this afternoon.

Back at the caravan park late afternoon we started packing up the camp. Tomorrow we move out head south towards Albury. We will go half way tomorrow and the rest of the way on Saturday.

It been a good day in many ways a really good day.

Tomorrow it is "On the road again".

 

 

March 9th Wednesday
We stayed in Bungendore today and did not visit Canberra. We are now meeting up with Carol son Adam tomorrow Thursday.

There is quite a lot to see in the little town a lot to see. We had a quite day today, lunch in town.


Bungendore today around lunch time.


The Village Square we had lunch across the road, it is a nice little town.


There are a lot of one off shops here.


More and more shops it is very busy over the weekend, a lot are closed Tuesday and Wednesday.


I like working with wood and went and had a look today, they are dreaming the price they want we must be near Canberra.

Muffy in Melbourne with Joi. Adrian is in Gippsland with Chris. And we are in Bungendore seems no-one is home.

Hello to John and Glenda in Albury now of Wilson St.

Quite day we are off to Canberra tomorrow morning. And having coffee with Adam in the afternoon.

 

And Friday we pack up and head south about 200km towards Albury Wodonga.

 

Tomorrow another day.

 

 

March 8th Tuesday
Today we went to Canberra and the Australian War Memorial we looked around many of the new areas in the War Memorial.

The main reason for our visit was to track two people in Carol's family tree. And we found the record's for both men one from the First World War and one from the Second World War.

The family has had it wrong for almost 100yr's. The family had it as Cliff Bell was gassed and died in France. He did not, he returned to Australia, Adelaide in fact he was taken from hospital ship to Adelaide Hospital he later went to Sydney where he was discharged from the Army. He was born in Bright, where he went after being discharged, that's is work in progress. He joined the AIF in 1917 so it is almost 100yr's, we have all the Army paper work.

The Australian War Memorial is Australia's national memorial to the members of its armed forces and supporting organizations who have died or participated in wars involving the Commonwealth of Australia. The memorial includes an extensive national military museum. The Australian War Memorial was opened in 1941, and is widely regarded as one of the most significant memorials of its type in the world.

The Memorial is located in Australia's capital, Canberra. It is the north terminus of the city's ceremonial land axis, which stretches from Parliament House on Capital Hill along a line passing through the summit of the cone-shaped Mount Ainslie to the northeast. No continuous roadway links the two points, but there is a clear line of sight from the front balcony of Parliament House to the War Memorial, and from the front steps of the War Memorial back to Parliament House.

The Australian War Memorial consists of three parts: the Commemorative Area (shrine) including the Hall of Memory with the Tomb of the Unknown Australian Soldier, the Memorial's galleries (museum) and Research Centre (records). The Memorial also has an outdoor Sculpture Garden. The Memorial is currently open daily from 10am until 5pm, except on Christmas Day.


Outside the War Memorial in Canberra


Inside today, up to 40,000 visit each day.


Inside looking at the roof above the unknown solder.


The Tomb of The Unknown Solder

It was a sad day but a really good day, we go back to Canberra tomorrow.

 

March 7th Monday
Start of a new week, today we drove from Avon to Bungendore a small town some 37km's from the centre of Canberra. Today's trip was 179km's.


We are at the Bungendore Showgrounds, it ok for a showgrounds. By the way Lake George is now a dry lake, not a drop of water to be seen.

I have just been told you say it Bung-en-dora, we are the blue dot on the map. We rang around and all the parks in Canberra are full, so we went back to Wiki Camps and found Bungendore.


Taken from my chair sitting beside our caravan there fourteen campers setup here tonight. A powered site in Canberra is from $30 to $90 a night this is a great site a heap of room $20 with power.


Bungendore CBD today it is nothing special but neat and tidy.


Across the road you will find a bottle shop a IGA Supermarket and it is a good one. This is a neat little town.

Tomorrow we will drive into Canberra for a look around the Australian War Memorial, most of it was rebuilt about two years ago so we are looking forward to doing some family tree research...

Muffy going back to Melbourne to see Peter and Joi tomorrow and Susan got her tickets for the big trip away next month.

Joyce must have been a good girl last week, had no news.

Canberra tomorrow.

 

March 6th Sunday
We left "The Entrance" around 9:30am and headed back to the Pacific Highway turning south to Sydney on the M1 then M2 which turns in the M7 that turns into the M31 Hume Freeway.

That's a really long drive with a caravan on the back and the worst thing is there is no where to stop. No petrol till you hit the Hume Freeway. We had a heap of fuel so that was not a problem.

The car and caravan went well, it sure had a workout today. I sat on 85kph all day people just drove around us.

Where to now we will get to Albury next Saturday so we are thinking of going back to Canberra for a few days, we were there last year, that sounds like a good plan.

We have a few odd pictures.


The blue dot is where we are tonight Avon Caravan Park, it not a bad park if you up this way it is worth a day or two.


I found the Easter Bunny here at Avon.


Joyce got her first Merit Certificate at school this week, good girl.

Tonight we are at the Avon caravan park just off the Hume Freeway about 40kms South of Sydney.

 

 

March 5th Saturday
We left Maitland at 9:30am heading south on the Pacific Highway towards The Entrance Caravan Park across the road from the salt water. This is a very busy area and a lot of caravan park's and most of them are full it cost $30 to $80 a night.


The blue dot is Carol and I tonight across from the water.


Across the road from at the salt water looking back at the Caravan Park


Across the road from the park looking at "The Entrance"


You can see the caravan far right and the water on the left. The park not great the water is fantastic.

 

The Entrance is a very busy place at Christmas and Easter time. You have to remember it is just above Sydney and the area of Sydney and The Entrance has five million plus people 27% of people live in this area.
.0027% live in White Cliffs just joking.

Tomorrow we head south around Sydney on the M2, M7 then the M31 then a very slow trip towards Albury. We are in no rush we will take our time.

On the road again..

 


March 4th Friday

Well we had the car fixed today, and drove around Newcastle area for a last look we hit the road again tomorrow heading south.


Lemon Tree Passage


Home's with a great view at Lemon Tree Passage


Looking across the water to Newcastle


Newcastle


Ok remember this from yesterday, some of the emails are way off the mark and that's all I am going to say.

Read this below:

Dr. Morse's Indian Root Pills was one of the most successful and enduring products to be manufactured and marketed in North America as part of the lucrative patent medicine industry, which thrived during most of the 19th and 20th centuries. Its manufacturer claimed the pills contained herbal ingredients that would help "cleanse the blood," as "impurity of the blood" was believed to be the cause of all disease.

The Root Pills were "recommended as a cure for biliousness, dyspepsia, constipation, sick headache, scofula, kidney disease, liver complaint, jaundice, piles, dysentery, colds, boils, malarial fever, flatulence, foul breath, eczema, gravel, worms, female complaints, rheumatism, neuralgia, la grippe, palpitation, and nervousness..."

Originally the formula was of course a closely guarded secret but by the 1930's it was revealed to be a concoction of "Aloes, Mandrake, Gambage, Jalap and Cayenne Pepper."

 

I was talking to Joi and Peter today on the phone. Muffy going south to help Joi next week.

 

Tomorrow "It's on the road again."

 

 

March 3rd Thursday
Today we just went for a drive around the local area Maitland, Paterson, Morpeth and East Maitland then the local shopping centre then back home to Maitland Caravan Park.


Paterson Post Office


Paterson CBD that's it.


On the track around today.


They tell me it been there near 100yr's No comment. (Adrian help me on this one).


Bridge across the Hunter River today. Think they need a new one.


It closed around 20yr's ago I was told (We did not visit the gaol).

One thing that did happen today a light on the dashboard came on. After checking we have a broken light switch. We made some phone calls and it is being replaced tomorrow morning. That will suit us fine, the job takes about 30min's we are told.

The 3 Dots website counter has hit 13,000 hits yesterday it is only a short time ago we were talking about 10,000 hits. We get around 90 unique people a week using 3Dots. Most people visit the website three to four times a week.

From the 1st to 10th April is NSW Seniors week, a week has 7days Seniors week takes 10days, who cares Seniors seem to do what they like.

Hello to Adrian and Dianna in Lavington.

Tomorrow another day.

 

 

March 2nd Wednesday
It is all about Newcastle today it is around 35km's east of the caravan park where we are staying. I cannot say that I loved Newcastle it is now a big city and quite dirty in parts in fact most of it is dirty, guess it has had a hard time in the pass.

In September 1797 Lieutenant John Shortland became the first European to explore the area. His discovery of the area was largely accidental; as he had been sent in search of a number of convicts who had seized HMS Cumberland as she was sailing from Sydney Cove. While returning, Lt. Shortland entered what he later described as "a very fine river", which he named after New South Wales' Governor John Hunter. He returned with reports of the deep-water port and the area's abundant coal. Over the next two years, coal mined from the area was the New South Wales colony's first export.

Newcastle gained a reputation as a "hellhole" as it was a place where the most dangerous convicts were sent to dig in the coal mines as harsh punishment for their crimes. By the start of the 19th century the mouth of the Hunter River was being visited by diverse groups of men, including coal diggers, timber-cutters, and more escaped convicts. Philip Gidley King, the Governor of New South Wales from 1800, decided on a more positive approach to exploit the now obvious natural resources of the Hunter Valley. In 1801, a convict camp called King's Town (named after Governor King) was established to mine coal and cut timber. In the same year, the first shipment of coal was dispatched to Sydney. This settlement closed less than a year later.

Christ Church Cathedral still dominates the skyline of Newcastle.
A settlement was again attempted in 1804, as a place of secondary punishment for unruly convicts. The settlement was named Coal River, also Kingstown and then renamed Newcastle, after England's famous coal port. The name first appeared by the commission issued by Governor King on 15 March 1804 to Lieutenant Charles Menzies of the marine detachment on HMS Calcutta, then at Port Jackson, appointing him superintendent of the new settlement. The new settlement, comprising convicts and a military guard, arrived at the Hunter River on 27 March 1804 in three ships: HMS Lady Nelson, the Resource and the James. The convicts were rebels from the 1804 Castle Hill convict rebellion. The link with Newcastle upon Tyne, UK, its namesake and also whence many of the 19th century coal miners came, is still obvious in some of the place-names – such as Jesmond, Hexham, Wickham, Wallsend and Gateshead. Morpeth, New South Wales is a similar distance north of Newcastle as Morpeth, Northumberland is north of Newcastle upon Tyne.

Under Captain James Wallis, commandant from 1815 to 1818, the convicts' conditions improved, and a building boom began. Captain Wallis laid out the streets of the town, built the first church of the site of the present Christ Church Anglican Cathedral, erected the old gaol on the seashore, and began work on the breakwater which now joins Nobbys Head to the mainland. The quality of these first buildings was poor, and only (a much reinforced) breakwater survives. During this period, in 1816, the oldest public school in Australia was built in East Newcastle.

Newcastle remained a penal settlement until 1822, when the settlement was opened up to farming. As a penal colony, the military rule was harsh, especially at Limeburners' Bay, on the inner side of Stockton peninsula. There, convicts were sent to burn oyster shells for making lime. Military rule in Newcastle ended in 1823. Prisoner numbers were reduced to 100 (most of these were employed on the building of the breakwater), and the remaining 900 were sent to Port Macquarie.


One of the few times we stopped and got out of the car in Newcastle.


We took most of out pictures from the car, just no where to park.


We turn right into Hunter Street the main street of Newcastle.


They are loading Coal on ships here.


There are a lot of big bridge's around Newcastle guess that is due to shipping.

We will have a look around the coast but keep out of the City, Some years ago there was a song about Hunter Street Newcastle, cannot remember the name.

Hello to Susan and Muffy in Albury.

We leave here on Saturday morning and head for Gosford then on Sunday we drive around Sydney on the freeway heading down Highway 31 towards Albury Wodonga and Wangaratta the following weekend.

 

March 1st Tuesday
We had new tyres fitted to the back of the Mercedes Benz, and found the Tyre Business was on the road to Port Stephens. We were going there tomorrow so we changed plans and went there today.

Port Stephens, an open youthful tide dominated drowned valley estuary, is a large natural harbour of approximately 134 square kilometres located in the Hunter Region of New South Wales, Australia.

Port Stephens lies within the Port Stephens-Great Lakes Marine Park and is situated about 160 kilometres north-east of Sydney. The harbour lies wholly within the local government area of Port Stephens; although its northern shoreline forms the boundary between the Port Stephens and Great Lakes local government areas.

According to the 2006 Census, more than 26,000 people lived within 3 km of its 113 km long shoreline and more than 32,000 lived within 10 km.

Nelson Bay is the main area on Port Stephen we had lunch there today it is very up market. Nelson Bay is all about food, people and boats.

The pictures will tell the story.


As you can see it all upmarket here.


Hello to Scott in Wangaratta.

All good here.

 

 

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