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Tumut

Still no fishing....

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Any good fisherman would know that the season for trout fishing is October through to June... needless to say,Greg didn't know. So no fishing. Tumut lies in the foothills of the Snowy Mountains, so it was still quite cold and the caravan park we chose was right on the banks of the Tumut RiverPhoto1060.jpgPhoto1063.jpg it was beautiful. Unfortunately the river was flowing very quickly so no fishing took place. But when we arrived we were treated to an airshow as something was going on at the local air strip. It was just a quick stop on our way to Canberra. A nice little town and an ok park.

Posted by Mosers 07.09.2012 00:19 Archived in Australia Comments (0)

Bright

Wow... and I thought I was cold before.

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Leaving Melbourne we were very excited to hear that the cold weather had bought great snowfall to the mountains. Greg had a friend that told him Bright was a good place to stop and he was (strangely) looking forward to fishing for trout there. When we arrived it was very cold, rainy and unpleasant, so I decided we needed a break and we stayed in a cabin for the two nights. Strangle there was not one other idiot there with a caravan! The cabin was great, with air con and bunks (which the girls loved) it also gave them an area to run around as we couldn't do much outside with the rain. We did try to have a walk along the river on the afternoon we arrived, but unfortunately it was too wet. The next day Saturday, we were up bright and early ready to head up to the snow. Mt Buffalo was our first stop and all rugged up we jumped in the car, got our snow chains and started out of town. As we drove up the Mountain we watched the outside thermometer in our car slowly go down...all of a sudden something started to beep on the car.... did you know, once the outside temp hits 3 degree it beeps to warn you? Yet still it went down as far as -5. It was cold! Engaging the car in four wheel drive we keep going and made it to Mount Buffalo just after the snow plough. we did try to go a little further but the plough hadn't been that far yet so thankfully Greg turned around. The girls were a little unsure of the snow and toboggan at first, but once they realized what fun it was it was hard to keep them off it. After building our snowman and after about an hour in the cold and snow! we went inside for a drink. Photo1058.jpgPhoto1055.jpgPhoto1045.jpg
On our trip we have also been potty training Ivy and all being parents you will appreciate this... after having her drink Ivy needed to go to the toilet. Job done she ran outside and announced to the cafe at the top of her lungs"Hurray! I pooed on the toilet, now I can play!" The joys of parenting....

Posted by Mosers 01.09.2012 21:17 Archived in Australia Comments (0)

Melbourne

Now I know why they were all headed north!

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Don't get me wrong...I like Melbourne, I just don't like the weather....
Unfortunately it was cold and windy for all of our stay. But the shopping and atmosphere was great. We stayed in a Big 4 park on the north side of the city and were so close that we were able to catch a tram into the city. The girls loved it though it was a little tricky trying to negotiate the pram in the crapped confines of the tram. Once in the city we couldn't go past the Lindt shop for a Hot Chocolate each. DSCF8960.jpgThey were divine! Greg has since tried to reproduce the expereince at home with the froth from our coffee machine, but it's not quite the same.
The day we were in the city the welcome home parade for the Olympic athletes was on so we stopped there for a short break, butit was too busy for us and we couldn't see much. The girls were happy to get a flag each and enjoyed waving it around for about 15 mins as were prammed it through Federation Square. Photo1037.jpgNext stop the Eureka Skydeck - located on the southern banks of the Yarra river, we saw 360 degree, floor-to-ceiling views of Melbourne's CBD, sports precinct, Port Phillip Bay, Docklands and everything in between. It was 88 floors up and in the lift you speed up there at 9 meters per second! Interesting to see Melbourne from such a height. DSCF8966.jpgDSCF8971.jpgThen we had a wander through the city and lunch at China town. Heading back to the caravan park on the tram we got caught on the school run. So it was an interesting trip home, with both Greg and I controlling ourselves and not regressing into teacher mode to try and manage the errant students! The next day we headed out the the city to the Mornington Peninsular where we discovered a gigantic maze, an olive grove and winery and also sourced our gloves, beanies and snow boots in anticipation of the snow to come!

Posted by Mosers 01.09.2012 20:56 Archived in Australia Comments (0)

Apollo Bay

Sorry Gavin... I know I have been slack...

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Driving from Port Fairy to Apollo Bay we enjoyed the beautiful scenery along the Great Ocean Road. Although it was a fairly ordinary day weather wise we had a great time getting in and out of the car every few kilometers and walking to the edge of the coastline. The girls in particular liked Port Campbell where it was freezing, yet still there was a crazy surfer in the water. From Port Campbell onwards the scenery was truly magnificent with not many other tourists until we hit the point where you could view the Apostles. Then there were people everywhere! DSCF8937.jpgDSCF8942.jpgDSCF8951.jpg
We decided to stop in Apollo Bay for two nights (at the Top Tourist park as it was closest to town) and once settled headed up with the girls on their bikes for a pizza for dinner. Luckily it didn't rain. The park was great with it's own gourmet kitchen, games room and playground. Due to the weather we spent quite a bit of time in the games room playing Ping Pong and chilling out watching TV. The next day it was beautiful and we put the girls on the back of our bikes and went for a ride along the sea wall. We saw two whales! And enjoyed an ice-cream and a play in the sand.

Posted by Mosers 01.09.2012 20:33 Archived in Australia Comments (0)

Port Fairy

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Port Fairy was the town we liked most on our trip along The Great Ocean Road last time. Again it didn't disappoint. We stayed at the Big4 here also as it had a heated indoor pool. Unfortunately it wasn't was 'heated' as the pool at Robe but it did help us wear the girls out a little after our long drive. Photo1021.jpg We braved the cold winds and went for a walk out to Griffiths Island that holds a breeding colony of the Short-tailed Shearwater or Australian Muttonbird - we didn't see any but had a nice invigorating walk. Photo1029.jpg The next day we drove into Warrnambool checked out the sights. More beautiful rugged coastline, we are looking forward to the Great Ocean Road drive and after a free pancake breakfast at the caravan park we hit the road.

Posted by Mosers 22.08.2012 04:32 Archived in Australia Comments (0)

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