Happy Australia Day!
26.01.2008 - 27.01.2008 21 °C
After spending the last 3 days in Albury/Wodonga, it’s time to head for Melbourne to board the ship to Tasmania. Only problem is that we have to leave the caravan park at 10am, but be at the dock by 7.30 pm. However, it will only take 3 ½ to 4 hours to drive there which leaves us 5 hours to kill on the way.
After just over 120 Kilometres down the Hume Hwy towards Melbourne, we turned off onto the Midlands Hwy and headed west. In contrast to what we’ve been seeing for the past couple of months, it is dry here and you can tell it hasn’t rained in a while. By lunchtime we stopped at Shepparton in the heart of the Goulburn Valley for a bite to eat and have a look around. This is quite a sizable town and we spent a bit of time there looking through the shops and walking around town before heading off again.
We continued onto the old goldfield area of Victoria and our first stop was Bendigo. We did not spend much time here, but drove around the streets of this wonderfully preserved city. You can tell there is a lot of history in this place, so Denise and I have pencilled this into the itinerary of our next trip. Next stop was Ballarat where we spent a little bit of time looking for somewhere to stop, however this city is not a friendly place to stop towing a caravan so it took us a while to find a place to stop. By this time it was starting to get a bit late, so it was onto the Western Freeway and head for Melbourne. Today we have managed to see quite a bit of northern Victoria on the way to Melbourne. After a couple of wrong turns we managed to find where the trans Tasman ship Spirit of Tasmania II is berthed. After being in a long queue for about half and hours, we finally drove the car and van onto the ship.
Just before 9pm the ship departed and it took just over an hour to go through Port Philip Bay and into Bass Strait. We should be in Devonport by 6 the next morning and hopefully the weather will be kind to us on the voyage over.