BACK ON THE MAINLAND

DAY 48

We arrived back in Melbourne and our scheduled wake up call came through right on time…. at 4.45am!

After a quick and easy departure off the boat, we battled our way through crazy Melbourne traffic and towards Ballarat so we could pull up for some breakfast!

While we are heading towards South Australia, we decided to do the Silo Art Trail in Victoria on our way through, as it isn’t much of a detour.

With such an early start this morning, we were keen to find a campsite around Horsham so we pulled into Murtoa.

Now, we don’t usually go much on caravan parks but this little one in Murtoa was great! There’s around 20 sites, power and water available, amenities, laundry, small camp kitchen, dump point and gorgeous views over Lake Marma!

We were unpowered + water for $15/night. (Power is $25/night). You pick your own site and the caretaker comes around to collect camp fees late in the afternoon.

We had the added bonus of a spectacular sunset show!!

DAY 49

Today we visited THE STICK SHED. This place is incredible!!! We thought we were going to a little shed that once housed a bit of wheat but no THE STICK SHED is massive… really massive!

The Stick Shed was constructed in 1941 as a solution for grain storage during World War II when exports were restricted.

▶️ 560 unmilled poles (sticks) support the corrugated iron roof sheets …56 rows of 10.

▶️ The shed is 270 metres long, 60 metres wide and 19 metres high at the ridge.

▶️ Holds 92,500 tonnes at full capacity.

The grain was lifted from a hopper by steam powered elevators to a conveyor belt that ran the full length of the building and wheat could be dropped to the floor at any point along the belt.

The Store was closed in 1989 and is now registered as a heritage site. Interesting place to visit!

The sheer size of the shed is incredible – it’s a wow moment when you enter!

DAY 50

Today, we started our wander along the Silo Art Trail, a 200km drive from Rupanyup through to Patchewollock. There are extra side trips to more silos on either side of the main trail too!

We started from Murtoa and stopped off in Rupanyup, Sheep Hills, Brim, Rosebery before stopping in Hopetoun to camp.

We stayed at Mallee Bush Retreat which has a few different options from cabins to powered and unpowered sites. The weather was mid 30’s so we opted for a powered site and this only set us back $20 per night! The campground is on Lake Lascelles and all sites have water views plus showers, toilets and laundry facilities are available.

DAY 51

We stopped another night in Hopetoun and day tripped to some of the other silos in the area. From Hopetoun we drove to Lascelles and onto Sea Lake.

LAKE TYRRELL is only a short 10 minute drive from Sea Lake and is Victoria’s largest inland salt lake. Most of the year it is dry, as it was for our visit, however, when covered in shallow water it turns pink!

Tomorrow we head across the border to South Australia!!

THE MAP BELOW SHOWS WHERE WE WERE!

To be continued…