Since our last blog which was posted when we were at Port Albert Victoria we have travelled out of Gippsland and along the coast line
staying at a few different spots.
- Foster for a couple of days. This was a good place to stay and then visit Wilsons Promontory National Park. It is possible to camp within the Park at Tidal River but the cost for a site was $54 or $64 with power FOR ONE NIGHT (no water). We figure they charge so much to discourage people from staying too long, otherwise it seems incomprehensible to us that National Parks can charge this amount. Nonetheless, there are a lot of great looking walks and beaches to explore but we saw what we could in the one day, and drove back to Foster where the camp site was only $30 with power and water.
Photo Wilsons Promontary 22-11-2015
After Foster we camped at Meeniyan Recreation Reserve for no cost.
Photo - Phillip Island - The Nobbies
We visited the Victorian State Coal Mine and enjoyed the underground tour. Photo of the tracks in the tunnels at the State Coal Mine at Wonthaggi:
Photo of the grounds of the State Coal Mine:
My sisters Wendy and Pauline drove from Geelong and travelled with us for a few days. We explored the beaches, Wilsons Prom again, and Phillip Island. Photo - Clowns at a Beach somewhere:
We had a great final night together, having been dissappointed by the accommodation options at Wonthaggi, we headed toward San Remo and slammed on the brakes when we hit Kilcunda. The Caravan Park there is right on the beach. We booked one of the newish cabins and enjoyed relative luxury for the night.
Kilcunda luxury - view from cabin:
On the way to Phillip Island we were amazed to see tourists climbing out on the rocks at Eagles Nest. Having seen all the warning signs about fishermen being washed off rocks within a minute, it was hard to believe people still do these things for fun.
Wendy driving on the beach - we followed a road that looked interesting, it came to an end, the sand started, Wendy revved up the car, and away she went.
Kilcunda later that night - it got cold
Cape Patterson view over the rock pools, where Glenda, Pauline and Wendy scramble over 'not so scary' rocks
Sunset at Kilcunda - finish of our fun times with my sisters (for the time being). They packed up the now sand filled car, and headed back to Geelong.
A few days later (after free camping at Bass Valley for rest and recouperation) we took the vehicular ferry from Sorrento to Queenscliff. We were just about to make a decision on which way to head next, when my sisters Pauline, Wendy and Mother, and brother-in-law Kelvin arrived to meet us. They had hoped to surprise us as we drove off the ferry but were about five minutes too late. It was still a great surprise and we had a picnic in the park, then headed off to Geelong to stay at Pauline and Kelvins place, prior to coming here to Smythesdale.
Camping at Smythesdale with Wendy and Paul. We had a great time meeting up with our friends, Wendy and Paul who have just picked up their new Safari Caravan. It is
one of the nicest vans we have seen. We now have Van envy, but it's OK because we have a Baby Weber Q with a thermostat. Wendy and Paul have a Baby Q but with no thermostat.
Their thermostat envy far outweighs our new van envy.
In this photo Paul is especially dressed to disturb Wendy by combining hoodie, ugg boots and sunnies.(Wendy is not impressed) And didn't we say we would never do the 'kissing awnings' manouver?
Ballarat Gardens - Robyn skipping down the pathway:
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