Saturday, 10 September 2011 – Wednesday, 5 October 2011
ON THE ROAD (MEDOWIE – DUBBO)
Where we stayed: Big 4 Dubbo
Here’s our Great Ocean Road Trip via Turlee Station.
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.
Where we stayed: Turlee Station, Mungo National Park, NSW
Today we left Darlington Point travelling through Hay and Balranald and then to Turlee Station Stay.
Turlee Station is a sheep, cattle and wheat station.
We had the campground to ourselves and settled in for a peaceful 3 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 3 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 that was there and took some pics of the park.
Where we stayed: Grampians BIG 4 Parkgate Resort, Halls Gap, VIC
Halls Gap is in the heart of the Grampians National Park – gorgeous spot!!! Thoroughly enjoyed our time exploring this beautiful place.
Lovely little town with lots of little shops in the main street. Caitlin gave the thumbs up to the Chocolate Ice Cream!!
Beautiful views from the lookouts and the waterfalls are gorgeous!
PORT FAIRY & SURROUNDS
Where we stayed: BIG 4 Port Fairy Holiday Park, VIC
Great Ocean Road!!! One word…. SPECTACULAR!!!!
It is a must see – stunning scenery!
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 maritime museum and outdoor village with Australia’s richest shipwreck collection, all contained in an 1870’s village located on a state heritage listed overlooking Lady Bay. The village provide a glimpse into the maritime lifestyles and trades of the 1870’s era, the peak of Australia’s maritime heritage.
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 for a few days.
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 – they had 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 – you have to take a helicopter flight – AMAZING!!
On the way back to Wye River we diverted to Cape Otway (Caitlin was car sick….it is quite a windy road!)
Where we stayed: Waters Edge Holiday Park
Very relaxing couple of days in Lakes Entrance. The weather was not overly pleasant!! We did however find an amazingly delicious place to eat at Bruthen – THE BULLANT BREWERY – pictures say it all!!
Where we stayed: Mallacoota Foreshore Holiday Park
Mallacoota – we didn’t want to leave!! Beautiful spot, camped 10 metres from the water!!
OUR LAST STOP – DURRAS BEACH
Where we stayed: Durras Lake North Holiday Park
Our last stop for this trip! 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?!?!?!