Victoria

Day 159 – Murray-Sunset National Park

murray-sunset national park

Murray-Sunset Mallee Country Leaving Underbool I head west along the Mallee highway towards Linga. A short drive and I crossed the railroad and hit the gravel road heading north in to Pink Lakes. These are a famous feature of Murray-Sunset national park, with a pretty interesting history. Lakes Hardy and Crosbie were two along the main road in. Despite being …

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Day 157 – Wyperfeld National Park

Wyperfeld National Park

Wyperfeld Mallee Country I spent a night in Nhill before heading towards Yaapeet, then north to the Main Entrance Rd into Wyperfeld National Park. This is Mallee country. A 4wd is a necessity to really explore the park. I began by stopping at the Wonga campgrounds to visit the information hut and explore. The Eastern Lookout was next providing excellent …

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Day 154 – Little Desert National Park

Little Desert National Park

A Desert Only In Name I spent 2 days exploring Little Desert National Park. It was a spur of the moment decision to take the drive through. The Quades Rd in gradually changed from bitumen, to gravel, then to sand. Once I reached the park boundary I pulled up and deflated my tyres ready to tackle the sandy tracks that …

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Day 150 – Grampians National Park

grampians national park

Rugged Mountains and Wild Walks Northwards I arrive at Dunkeld, the gateway to the Grampians National Park in western Victoria. I took the Grampians Tourist Rd in and began hiking up the various mountain tracks. There are plenty of stunning mountains to see and climb. Mount Sturgeon was the first I tackled, taking a good 3 hour round trip. Some …

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Day 144 – Great Ocean Road

Great Ocean Road

Cruising the GOR Departing Melbourne in the morning I headed west towards the Great Ocean Road. It is quite famous due to its beauty, being a coastal road with stunning views of our sandstone cliffs being pounded by wild waves. Unlucky for me the weather had turned and it would be 3 days of wind and showers with the occasional …

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Day 142 – Melbourne

Melbourne

Capital of Victoria Before heading to Melbourne I took a drive up near Bendigo to volunteer at a yoga retreat. It was more a property with a mud brick hall where the owner ran classes on occasion away from her yoga studio in town. I found this through www.helpx.net. The idea is to volunteer your time, in my case 5 …

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Day 126 – Fort Nepean Mornington

fort nepean

I headed in to Mornington to drop my car off at a Land Rover specialist to give my Defender a meticulous service and check over in preparation for my intended trip across the Simpson Desert in several weeks time. Unfortunately as it turned out there was plenty to do including rebuild the front swivel hubs and replace the turbocharger. This …

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Day 119 – Phillip Island & National Vietnam Veterans Museum

vietnam veterans museum

From San Remo I cross the bridge over onto Phillip Island. This is a popular tourist destination for seeing wild penguins and seals. Unfortunately strong winds had picked up during the night and were blasting the coast. Despite this I headed straight across the island to Point Grant at The Nobbies. One and a half kilometres offshore from here is …

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Day 118 – Wonthaggi State Coal Mine

wonthaggi state coal mine

Along the road I see a sign for the Wonthaggi State Coal Mine so stopped in to take a look. Wonthaggi is about 140km south-east of Melbourne. It is the only historic coal mine experience in the Southern Hemisphere. The mine was operational from 1909 to 1968, producing around 17 million tonnes of coal for Victoria’s industries and railways. It …

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Day 114 – Wilsons Promontory National Park

wilsons promontory national park

Wilsons Promontory – a Wombat friendly wilderness Wilsons Promontory national park was a short drive from Foster to the parks entrance. The main road in is sealed and the side tracks are all good condition gravel, although some highly corrugated all are 2wd accessable. My first stop was at Darby Beach. It was here the trip in was made totally …

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