Day 254 of retirement

February 25, 2018

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Monday 19th February:

Left Lakes Entrance for Inverloch (250km @ 3.5 hours). Rained most of the way and stopped when we arrived at 1:00pm but it was still very windy and cold.

After checking into the cabin we drove 12km down the road to Wonthaggi as it has a Woolworths (mainly for our fruit supplies). Had a very nice Chinese lunch while we were there.

The rest of the afternoon was spent having a cup of tea and a lay down while listening to the blowing wind.

Tuesday 20th February:

Made our way to Phillip Island (160km round trip) for some exploring. We will be back later in the week to stay on the island for two nights so just scoping the place out today.

Stopped at a few local attractions (Point Grant, The Grand Prix Circuit and the township of Cowes) and booked our Penguin viewing guided tour for Friday night. Had a very nice lunch on the island before following the coast road back to Inverloch.

Wednesday 21st February:

Off to Wilsons Promontory NP for a wander today (150km round trip). Made our way to Tidal River, which is the end of the road. Then slowly made our way back stopping in at most of the lookouts and beaches along the way. Very beautiful part of the world.

Thursday 22nd February:

Left Inverloch for Phillip Island (55km). Only a short drive, so when we arrived the first stop was the National Vietnam Vets museum. A very interesting and moving place.

After lunch we checked into our cabin and headed for the Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit. They have a 2:00pm tour of the facility but as the world superbikes are on this weekend the tours were off due to practise sessions today.

So next best thing was the Phillip Island chocolate factory. After a self guided tour and a few samples we left with some very yummy treats.

Friday 23rd February:

Went exploring Phillip Island today in the drizzling rain. Rained most of the day unfortunately.

But we did have an awesome lunch at The Cape Kitchen restaurant. The outlook from our table over the shoreline was amazing.

Did a drive round the island stopping at a few more landmarks. No walks though due to the rain.

At 7:00pm we headed to the Penguin Parade on the western end of the island. There were lots and lots of tourists there to see the Penguins come out of the ocean after dark and make their way to their nests.

We did a guided tour with a Ranger so got to hear all the history of the little Penguins and also got to go to our own exclusive viewing area away from all the “tourists”.

Saturday 24th February:

Left Phillip Island at 10:00am for The Spirit of Tasmania wharf in Port Melbourne to commence boarding at 6:30pm (9:00pm departure time). As we had 8 hours to kill we detoured down the Mornington Peninsula right out the end and back. Called into Portsea and Sorento and a few other lookouts as well.

Arrived at Port Melbourne at 3:00pm so just chilled till load time. The ferry was delayed by an hour due to bad weather in Bass Strait so hoping it wasn’t a bad omen for us.

We were all loaded and on our way at 10:00pm. We had booked a cabin so once we dumped our gear we explored the ferry, which took all of 10 minutes.

Sunday 25th February:

On the 9-hour crossing we both managed some broken sleep, as there were a few time when we were woken by a rolling boat. But I must say that laying down certainly help my seasickness. I actually felt okay (apart from being tired) when we arrived so very happy with the crossing.

On leaving the harbour we found a nice little café for breakfast and a very nice hot cup of tea.

As checking in for our cabin isn’t officially not till 2:00pm we gave them a call and they said we could have the cabin round 12:00pm ish. So after a wander round the markets in Ulverstone, we settled into our cabin for some sleep and route planning for the next four weeks.

Life is good.

Trevor & Guy


Day 247 of retirement

February 18, 2018

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Monday 12th February:

Left Jindabyne for Mount Beauty (300km & 5 hours). There is about 100km of this road that is very steep, narrow and windy so it took us 2 hours just to drive this section (Thredbo to Khancoban).

Also got caught at three lots of roadwork sites which slowed us down. But arrived safely mid afternoon to another very nice cabin and park that is practically deserted so nice and quiet.

Tuesday 13th February:

Off exploring today on the road to Falls Creek (70km round trip).

We had lunch ay Falls Creek and visited a number of lookouts along the way. Quite by accident we found Lake Guy, a lake named after Guy… ha ha ha.

On the way back we stopped at the Fainter Falls hiking trail and hiked in to see the falls. Beautiful spot.

Just as we were leaving we found an iPad and glasses that a couple we meet coming in had left behind. By the time we got back to the parking area they had gone.

So we dropped off the iPad and glasses at the Mount Beauty Police station. At 4:30pm I got a call from a lady who was very very grateful for getting her iPad and glasses back.

Another very pleasant day exploring the high country. We both love the snowy mountains and all it has to offer.

Wednesday 14th February:

8 years ago (been together for 13 amazing years) I married my beautiful wife Guy. We have had the most awesome adventures together and look forward to many many more. Life and love is good. Love you my wife.xxxooo

After a very nice sleep-in we went for leisurely drive (60km return) through the mountains to Bright for lunch. A very nice lunch was had by all then we headed back to Mount Beauty for a cup of tea and a lay down (siesta).

Thursday 15th February:

Left Mount Beauty today for Lakes Entrance (270km & 5 hours) with a few stops along the way at lookouts. Left the mountains for the beach.

In 1 week we have gone from the top of Australia (2,228m (7,310feet)) to sea level (0m).

Arrived mid afternoon and had a very nice late seafood lunch. As we’re back on the coast and fishing village, I feel some seafood coming our way.

Checked into our Big4 cabin, which is just across the road from the pedestrian bridge to the ninety-mile beach. Had a short stroll today but looking at a longer walk tomorrow.

Friday 16th February:

Quiet day in Lakes Entrance today. We went for a 5km stroll along the beachfront (inside the lagoon as it was blowing a gale on the ocean beach) checking out all the fishing fleet.

Found a very nice restaurant that served a great seafood platter of local delicacies for lunch. This was followed up by a dessert consisting of locally made Baklava.

Back to the cabin early afternoon for a cup of tea and a lay down. Also did some booking ahead for the rest of next week as we get on the Spirit of Tasmania on Saturday 24th February for 4 weeks. Also booked a cabin for our arrival in Tassie.

Saturday 17th February:

A wandering day today. We just got in the car and drove, stopping wherever we felt like. Great way to explore as we get off the beaten track.

Back to Lakes Entrance for one of the best seafood lunches ever at the Ferrymans Seafood Cafe. We had a platter of local fresh seafood, which was awesome. The desert wasn’t bad either (Hazelnut Daquoise).

Then our usual back to the cabin early afternoon for a cup of tea and a lay down. After our siesta its a walk along the esplanade to wind off the day.

Sunday 18th February:

Late morning we headed of on a 6km walk along the surf beach then back along the calmer lake side. Stunning walk topped off by a pod of Dolphins that checked us out to the bar entrance.

After building up an appetite we went back to the Ferrymans Seafood Café for a magnificent seafood lunch. The food was outstanding once again (we were there yesterday for lunch as well).

Back to the cabin for our cup of tea and afternoon siesta.

On the move tomorrow across to Inverloch (Philip Island & Wilsons Promontory NP area).

Life is good.

Trevor & Guy

Day 240 of retirement

February 11, 2018

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Monday 5th February:

Left Sydney for Tumut in the snowy mountains (430km & 6 hours). Had a slow run due to 3 lots of major road works. Arrived mid afternoon to our magnificent cabin right on the riverfront (20 steps away).

We have only booked for 2 nights but after getting a heap of tourist info from the info centre we might have to extend it to another night.

Tuesday 6th February:

Today it was off to the Yarrangobilly Caves in the Kosciuszko National Park (210km round trip). There are six caves in the complex with one of them being self-guided and the others you need a guide.

We did the Jillabenan Cave with a guide and as it turned out there were only four us on the tour so a very personalized tour. We then did the South Glory Cave on our own (self guided tour). Very interesting as each cave is slightly different.

Finished off the day with a hike into the thermal springs (down a big hill) only to discover the springs were not so thermal. Cool springs would be more appropriate. But we did go for a swim in the lovely pool.

Wednesday 7th February:

Road trip today where we visited local attractions in Adelong, Batlow and Tumbarumba (220km round trip).

Some of the attractions we visited were the Adelong Falls gold mill ruins, the Sugar Pine Forest Walk and Paddys River Falls.

Had a very lovely country lunch in Batlow and as this is a huge apple growing area we finished up the lunch with apple pie and whipped cream.

Thursday 8th February:

Left Tumut for Jindabyne (260km & 5 hours with some stops) on the Snowy Mountains Highway. This is a beautiful drive and I would have loved to have the old Ducati today for the ride.

On the way, we visited the Blowering Reservoir, 3-mile dam and the big trout in Adaminaby.

Arrived mid afternoon and hit the information centre for local info and attractions. Lots more to see in the next few days.

Friday 9th February:

Road trip today to Thredbo, Crackenback, Perisher, Smiggin Holes and Charlotte Pass (150km round trip).

At Thredbo we checked out the car park and chairlift as tomorrow we hope to catch the lift to within 6.5km of Mount Kosciuszko (highest point in Australia) and hike in the rest of the way. It will be a 13km round trip so a big day (for us mere mortals).

Awesome drive through the mountains. Short hike into the lookout at Charlotte Pass as it was drizzling a bit.

Lunch at the Wildbrumby Schnapps Distillery. Awesome food but didn’t try the schnapps.

Saturday 10th February:

Summit day as we head for Mount Kosciuszko (2,228m (7,310feet)) the highest point in Australia.

It was an alpine start (ha ha ha) to the day (up at 6:30am) as we had breakfast and headed to Thredbo Village (37km drive from Jindabyne). Arrived to catch the 9:00am chair lift up to the Eagles Nest on top of the ski slopes. From there we hiked 6.5km to the summit then 6.5km back (13km round trip) through the beautiful alpine meadows.

We both made it in good spirits and a little body weary. The hike down was a breeze as we descended from the mountains.

The top of the chair lift is 1,927m (6,322 feet) and Mount Kosciuszko is 2,228m (7,310feet) so it was a 301m (988feet) vertical climb. Guy and I are not as nimble as we used to be so are feeling it tonight.

But it was an awesome hike/climb and if you’re ever in the area definitely worth a visit.

Sunday 11th February:

Rest day after our big climb yesterday. Went back to the Wildbrumby Schnapps Distillery for lunch. Such an awesome place with some of the best food we have eaten so far.

Did a bit of a random drive round the district sightseeing. Off to Mount Beauty tomorrow.

Life is good.

Trevor & Guy

Day 233 of retirement

February 4, 2018

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Thursday 25th January:

Left Crookwell for a short drive through the rolling hills to Moss Vale (120km).

We arrived at our cabin 3 hours early but it was ready for us so we moved straight in. It is an Executive cabin and is basically a small house. Very nice as our base for the next four nights as we explore the Southern Highlands.

Off to Bowral for lunch (awesome Thai lunch) and to visit the Don Bradman museum. I’m not a huge cricket fan but this place was very interesting. Learnt all about the origins of cricket through to the World Series and Kerry Packer’s influence (take over….) on the game.
My Dad would have loved it here.

Friday 26th January:

Happy Australia Day you all. Guy and I spent it in the lovely country town, Berrima (Southern Highlands). Great day with trinket and food stalls (food from all corners of the world) to be explored.
At midday there was a good old-fashioned parade of vehicles of all shapes, sizes and vintages along with a marching band.
Saw a few old vehicles that I grew up with which brought back fond memories of years gone by.

Following the parade we visited the old courthouse and did a self guided tour. Very interesting to hear some of the cases tried in the court and how brutal some of the punishments were.

A couple who murdered the husband of the woman were hanged, buried standing up (so that they could never rest) and had their heads removed and sent to Sydney as a warning to others. This is what the judge ordered.

Saturday 27th January:

A road trip today (Moss Vale – Fitzroy Falls – Kangaroo Valley (lunch) – Robertson (pie shop & cheese factory) – Moss Vale). A 100km round trip.

Had a great country steak lunch in Kangaroo Valley and made a few purchases in the cheese factory and the pie shop in Robertson. Won’t go hungry tonight.

It was a very leisurely / pleasant drive through the rolling foothills of the southern highlands.

Sunday 28th January:

Off down Bundanoon way today and the Morton National Park. First stop was an hour long hike in and out of Glow Worm Glen, where we planned to come back when it’s dark.

It was a steep hike into a part of the canyon where at night the walls come alive with glowworms. Great spot.

Then lunch and off to the Morton NP to various different lookouts. Just love this park and can’t get enough of it.

Just back from Glow Worm Glen. We hiked in just before sunset and waited till dark and the whole wall came alive. Well worth the walk in and out.
Really hard to photograph in the pitch darkness.

Monday 29th January:

Left Moss Vale for Dee Why (Jordan’s place and our old apartment (150km & 2 hours)).

Arrived lunch time and proceeded to completely unpack the mighty Mazda. It has to go in for some routine repairs over the next two days so she is ready for the next 12 months on the road.

As we have good WIFI at Jordan’s, I spent the afternoon updating two iPhones (apps & OS) and my MacBook Pro (programs & OS) then backing it all up to two USB drives.

Tuesday 30th January:

Up at 7:00am (haven’t been up that early for a long time) and dropped the mighty Mazda off for some work before our next 6 months on the road.

Had lunch with Myrna (Guy’s friend and our Reike masseuse) then rested up for the rest of the afternoon. Guy had dinner at the RSL with the girls.

Wednesday 31st January –Saturday 3rd February:

Hung out at the apartment, caught up with friends, picked up the mighty Mazda and gave her a good wash and clean inside.

Tried to capture the Eclipse and Blood moon but too cloudy.

Sunday 4th February:

Back on the road tomorrow so did a bit of reorganizing of our gear and packed the car. Be good to get back exploring once again.

Making our way through the Snowy Mountains to Melbourne and then across Bass Strait to Tassie.

Life is good.

Trevor & Guy