Mildura is our destination and we spend two nights there visiting Wentworth where the Darling and Murray Rivers meet and enjoy a meal at the pub across the road from our park in Mildura.
Then Swan Hill and a spot right on the banks of the Murray,and a visit to the pioneer Museum.
Echuca next and two nights there, where we spend our time exploring the Port Precinct, tasting some local wines, (bought a great Muscat), and take a ride on a paddle steamer. A night of dancing at the Star Hotel completes our short stop. No prizes for Jo this time!
Albury was our plan for the next stop but I am not feeling tired so we push on to Gundagai. I haven't seen so many hills since we left Tassie!
An overnight stop with Jo's nephew Dan, his lovely wife Marcie and their delightful triplets in Canberra is next, before our final leg to Jindabyne where we are stopping until the New Year.
We are enjoying our time here catching up with dear friends Colin Barb, and our beautiful God daughters, Aggie and Jordy. They have been, and will continue to look after our dog Zak who has had a great time with his mate Indy and is in the very best of care. It was a hard decision to leave him when we first took of on our adventure but we know it was the right one for him.
The Geist needs a few repairs
We plan to visit with Dan, Marcie and the kids again, before driving to Gosford to drop off the caravan for a service and quite a few repairs.
We will stop with friends in Sydney and fly to New Zealand to visit family and friends, before picking up the caravan to continue north. We will pick up Bill Carol,in Brisbane around late February or early March after they have celebrated the birth of their first grand child, and do Queensland After that who knows?
Garth , it has been a real adventure so far and we have enjoyed, (nearly), every minute of it.
I will finish off with some of the personal highlights and lowlights of our trip so far.
Best adventure: the Horizontal Falls trip.
Most spectacular sight: a toss up between the Bungle Bungles and Uluru.
Nicest region: The Kimberley's
Friendliest caravan park owners/ managers: Jenny Darren at Tumbling Waters, Berry Springs.
Nicest caravan park: Jo liked Barossa Valley at Nuriootpa, while my pick was probably Low Level Katherine.
Best pool in a park: Cable Beach at Broome.
Worst parks: North Arm, Lakes Entrance, the sites were so small , the barbeques were dirty and it was difficult to get in and out. The Big 4 at Dandenong wasn't much better due to the smell from the nearby chicken farm.There were some others including road houses that were pretty ordinary but we have taken into account remoteness and climate.
Biggest disappointment of the trip: A toss up between Kakadu and the All Blacks being knocked out of the World Cup!
Worst takeaway meal: Fish and chips at shop next to Top Tourist Park in Strahan, Tas.
Best takeaway: Hamburger with the works in Yallingup, WA
Best night out: Daly Waters Pub, although there were very many others.
We all celebrated a birthday on this trip but Carol's was the best with a day at the races and the evening at the Trailer boat Club in Darwin.
Worst parts of the trip: The long days behind the wheel and replacing or repairing everything that broke or failed along the way.
Best part of the trip: All the wonderful people we met and the friends we made along the way.
Thanks to Carol Bill for helping to make this a wonderful adventure and one of the best years of our lives and to all the others who's company and friendship we have enjoyed along the way.
Rose Dave, Cheryl Barry, Penny Greg, Jackie John, Rhoma Bob, Rhonda John, Annie Kev, Geoff Joy, Winn Gerry, Libby Chris, Elaine Kevin, Terry Cheryl, Mick Brenda, Gail John, Evan Florence, Nerida Peter and many others too numerous to note here.
Garth thanks for the opportunity to relate our adventures in this format it has been a great way to keep all our friends up to date on where we were at and what we were up to.
Ross Jo Bill Carol
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