Bought the Avan Frances 9/3/18 and the Nissan Navara STX 550 dual cab Ute 18/1/18
Two nights at the Shell Harbour Caravan Park. This park is quite crowded but it is dog friendly and has a lovely surf beach which I swam. We have been here a few times in the little Avan we used to have. We used this trip to load up the van with our essential items and we learned how to operate all the appliances on the van. The only problem is with two drawers which don’t lock properly so when we are towing they come adrift. The van storage at Ingleside is great, a big field with easy access. We put the van cover over using a special method learned on youtube: roll the cover from back to front with a rope inside then throw the rest of the rope along the roof of the van, place the cover on the top at the front and hold while an assistant gradually pulls the rope from the rear to unfurl, the sides then flop down in position. Just magic.
Easter – March 30 to April 3
Sandy Hollow is a very small place in the Upper Hunter Valley NSW, famous for vineyards (we had lunch at the Two Rivers cellar door).
The van travelled well with full water tanks although we now think the gauge which tells us water level is not working as it always says 50% even when we know the tanks are full. The 4 night trip is a longer test of using the various amenities of the van like the shower, fridge, microwave, and air-conditioning (which was fabulous). John has fixed the drawers which did not lock properly. The pool and views at this site were lovely. Dora liked the large paddock and empty dam.
FIRST SERVICE 23/4/18
Took the van back to Penrith after it had done 1455 kilometres. No issues after they fixed the water tank gauges and fitted the solar control system. Now all set to leave on our big trip. Starting from Sydney and heading south around the coast to Adelaide then up through the red centre, across to Rockhampton and them back along the coast to home.
11/05/18 Ingleside to Erskine Park
we left home at 8.45 and arrived at midday to the number 1 site at Dogs NSW. We are competing at the Labrador National Titles tomorrow as the start to our adventure. RATG , Obedience UD and CDX . We met Dora’s breeder Pauline to enjoy preparation for the weekend .
Labrador National Champion 1st Place
and today we set off for Kangaroo Valley with its challenging hair pin bends on the route so it will be good to leave Erskine Park after such success . Now it’s day 3 of our round trip to Uluru
13-16 May Kangaroo valley
16 to 18 May – Batemans Bay
at the pleasurelea camp ground south of Batemans Bay town opposite a beach. The trip here down the hairpin bends from kangaroo valley was no problem and we would do those roads again . But for now we are on the coast and planning fish n chips and walks on the beach. Also a side trip to Glen Murcutt house for a look at the architecture.
18-20 May Eden NSW
we did divert to Bingii to see Glenn Murcutt house which is on a hill above the sea and looks like a posh shed ! Then on th Eden where we had a great spot between lake and sea . We saw old Tom T the whale museum and ate mussels.!
May 20-21 Lakes Entrance
after a long drive 3 hours + and nearly running out of diesel we found a very small caravan park out of the strong wind and plan a day looking at the geographic features.
May 22;23;24 Warburton
this is an alpine autumn experience which is damp but not windy like it was on the coast. We walked in the forest along the Yarra river and enjoyed a cute country village
25 May – Mornington Peninsula
one night to get near the Sorrento ferry and avoid driving through Melbourne. A great restaurant at Westport and a 6 am start to get over to the start of the Great Ocean Road where We watched a surf carnival at Bells Beach and camped near Apollo Bay right on the beach .
May 26 Skenes Creek
very windy and some rain but a great lunch at Apollo Bay. The beach right next to our van was a great walk. The camp ground was like free camping but we did have power
May 29 Peterborough
our base for day trips to the 12 apostles and all the other rocky outcrops . Very cold and windy but good for walking out to many headlands. Another empty caravan park but great ammenities and a local parmigiana at an empty pub
May 31 Mt Gambier
dora got to go on a guided tour of the blue lake, up and down a metal stair to the surface and inside the pump station.
June 2 Coonawarra
this camp ground was like our own private vineyard and sheep farm with campsite by a dam and our own fire pit , what a place ! And great cellar doors.
June 5 Mclaren Vale
sensational wine area with beaches and stunning scenery. Olive groves and vines surround the camp and it’s lovely food. Star of Greece restaurant is a high point .
June 8 Barossa Valley
its quite cold here but it is winter ! Great visit to Maggie Beer farm shop and our local pub for lunch in Mount Pleasant . We camped at the local show ground which is popular on a long weekend and had a farmers market .
In the red centre