Great Ocean Road via Turlee Station

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Saturday, 10 September 2011 – Wednesday, 5 October 2011

ON THE ROAD (MEDOWIE – DUBBO)

Where we stayed:  Big 4 Dubbo

We left Medowie and stayed overnight at Dubbo.  We travelled with friends for the first week of this trip and then we continued south to explore the Great Ocean Road while they went over to the Flinders Ranges in South Australia.

FREE CAMPING ON THE MURRUMBIDGEE

Where we stayed:  Free camping on the Murrumbidgee River at Darlington Point

Today we had our sights set on finding a free camp spot on the Murrumbidgee River at Darlington Point, just south of Griffith.  We found a great spot and set up camp for two nights.

We had a leisurely day around camp the next day after a quick trip up to Griffith.

Free camping on the Murrumbidgee River

Free camping on the Murrumbidgee River

TURLEE STATION

Where we stayed:  Turlee Station, Mungo National Park, NSW

Today we left Darlington Point travelling through Hay and Balranald and then onto Turlee Station Stay.

Turlee Station is a sheep, cattle and wheat station.

We had the campground to ourselves and settled in for a peaceful three night stay. We had a roaring fire every night as there was a never ending supply of mulga tree roots (that look like lamb shanks) to burn!!

Over the next three days we explored the station including the shearing shed and we even saw Klaus and his camels. Klaus is wandering traveller and has covered many many miles with his two camels that tow his Suzuki, that doesn’t have an engine!! He was an unique man to talk to and a bonus we got to see him….we had read about him on the Internet!

We went to Mungo National Park but we were a little disappointed as the Walls of China drive was closed off so we could only view it from a distance… While at Mungo we did have a look through the old wool shed.

Klaus & his camels

Mungo Shearing Shed

Mungo Shearing Shed

Mungo National Park

Turlee Station Shearing Shed

Klaus & his camels

Welcome to Turlee Station!

Mungo Shearing Shed

Mungo National Park – shearing shed

HALLS GAP

Where we stayed:  Grampians BIG 4 Parkgate Resort, Halls Gap, VIC

Halls Gap is in the heart of the Grampians National Park and such a gorgeous place to visit!

We thoroughly enjoyed our time spent in this lovely little town.  Caitlin gave the thumbs up to the Chocolate Ice Cream!!

Beautiful views from the lookouts and the waterfalls are gorgeous!

Our Campsite

Looking down to the park from lookout

PORT FAIRY & SURROUNDS

Where we stayed:  BIG 4 Port Fairy Holiday Park, VIC

The Great Ocean Road!!!  One word…. SPECTACULAR!!!!

It is a must see with stunning scenery everywhere you cast your eyes.

We stayed at Big 4 Holiday Park in Port Fairy and day tripped around the area for a few days.

We visited the Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village.  This is a maritime museum and outdoor village with Australia’s richest shipwreck collection, all contained in an 1870’s village located on a state heritage listed site overlooking Lady Bay. The village provide a glimpse into the maritime lifestyles and trades of the 1870’s era.

Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village

WYE RIVER & SURROUNDS

Where we stayed:  BIG 4 Wye River, VIC

We travelled further along the Great Ocean Road to Wye River and set up camp at the Big 4.

We were originally going to stay at Lorne but when we arrived and saw that the camp ground/caravan park was at the end of a culdesac that lead to an access strip to the beach we decided to head back to Wye River and were very pleased we did.  There was a pub with a perfect ocean view on the entry into the park which happy hour was a must each afternoon.

We went back to Lorne to have a look around and found an awesome kid’s playground that Caitlin had fun at after our fish and chips for lunch!  Erskine Falls were not too far from Lorne and well worth a look!

Kennett River was a small town just south of Wye River which turned out to be a great spot for an ice cream and koala spotting!

We decided that a helicopter flight over the 12 Apostles was a must and we weren’t disappointed.  It’s one thing to drive along the Great Ocean Road but to see it from this perspective was simply breathtaking!!  If you are down this way we recommend you have to take a helicopter flight, it was AMAZING!!

On the way back to Wye River we diverted along the very windy road to Cape Otway.

Helicopter flight – amazing!!

Cape Otway Lighthouse

Cape Otway Lighthouse

Wye River Campsite

Erskine Falls, Lorne VIC

Erskine Falls, Lorne VIC

Lorne, VIC

Pub with an amazing view – just outside van park.

LAKES ENTRANCE

Where we stayed:  Waters Edge Holiday Park

The weather wasn’t overly pleasant during our stay at Lakes Entrance. However, we day tripped around and did find a delicious place to eat at Bruthen – THE BULLANT BREWERY – pictures say it all!!

Bullant Brewery

Bullant Brewery

MALLACOOTA

Where we stayed:  Mallacoota Foreshore Holiday Park

Mallacoota – we didn’t want to leave!!  Beautiful spot, camped 10 metres from the water!!  Perfect place to relax…

OUR LAST STOP – DURRAS BEACH

Where we stayed:  Durras Lake North Holiday Park

Our last stop for this trip and we couldn’t have picked a better spot to finish off!  Kangaroos greeting us each morning, water fun, fishing… do we really have to go home?!?!?!

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