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Roaming the Outback

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


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 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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Day 106 – Gippsland Region

From Orbost I head east along the coastline to continue exploring the Gippsland region and to check out my first Victorian beach. It’s an easy drive with Cape Conran rd and Yeerung rd providing a close drive along the coast. I stop off to West Cape boat ramp for a photo op and then check out Salmon Rocks. A quick …

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Day 100 – Snowy River Victoria

Snowy River

Leaving Jindabyne I head south down Barry Way through the southern section of Kosciusko National Park. I spent a few nights camped at Jacobs River beside a beautiful flowing creek. A little further on and I catch my first glimpse of the once mighty Snowy River. This is now a trickle of its former self as much of the water …

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Day 84 – Kosciuszko NP

From Canberra I headed south to Cooma. The last big town before heading off into the wilderness of Kosciuszko national park. The park has major bitumen roads running throughout so the drive in was quite comfortable. My first camp was at Denison campgrounds. All campsites are free in Kosciuszko which was a bonus. I followed a dirt track down to …

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Day 80 – Canberra Australian Capital


From the Blue Mountains I head off towards Canberra. I stopped a night in Gouldburn and went to visit the Big Merino. I felt uncomfortable standing at its rear end for too long.. the biggest ass I’ve ever seen. Onwards to Canberra. It’s interesting how the landscape changes from rural sheep grazing country to suddenly a big city. Canberra was …

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