early Saturday morning and we left around 8 AM for our
traditional breakfast at the "BIG M" this time it was at Rockbank some 14 Km away, it was then on our way to Wimmera Lakes Camp Ground non stop, or so we thought! Not long into the journey a voice came over the CB "if we see a morning market we need to stop" and would you know there was one at Beaufort so we stopped. There were quite a few stalls with the normal nick knacks, and across the road in an old church they were selling Christmas decorations which were quite spectacular. Turned out to be a pleasant stop.
|Ready to leave|
Lake Albacutya. The lake normaly fills and empties on a 20 year cycle, I'm lead to believe that the longest dry period on record was 27 years. The lake was dry, it's hard to believe that it was a place to water-ski in the 1970's, we drove a little way on it's bed before returning and heading for Rainbow as it was late afternoon. We aired up and headed for camp some 109 Km away arriving at 6:30 PM just in time for dinner. We did a total of 407 Km of which 190 Km was off road, all in all a fun day of 4x4ing.
Monday after a late breakfast we set off to explore Halls Gap which is situated in the Grampians National Park. The park has many attractions including rock formations, waterfalls, scenic lookouts, 4 x 4 tracks and many lakes, reservoirs and waterways available for fishing and canoeing. Just after entering the Grampians National Park we decided to visit the Beehive Falls, one takes the road to Roses Gap car park (about 17 Km) then its a gradual moderate uphill 1.4 Km walking track which follows Mud Hut Creek upstream, after crossing the bridge it's a series of rock steps to the base of the falls, this scenic waterfall drops 25 meters into sheltered rock pools that are surrounded by ferns.
After lunch of tasty pies and chips purchased from a local, the grand children had a great time playing in the park, while we relaxed and enjoyed the sun. All to soon it was time to leave for the journey back to our camp via Stawell, the suggestion was made to return next year Cup weekend to Halls Gap and it seems that all agree that this is where we will be.
Back at the camp the ladies decided to visit Horsham one more time while the men looked after the children, swimming, playing chess on the giant outdoor board, playing mini golf, jumping on the big pillow and bicycle riding, all the games are free to campers. When the ladies returned It was then time for dinner and bed.
Tuesday morning after breakfast we packed up and with heavy harts and left late morning for home. We stopped for lunch at a park in Ararat. This attractive old gold mining town of less than 8000 people is at the foothills of the Pyrenees mountains, about 200 Km from Melbourne. After lunch we were once again on the road, next stop home. We all arrived safe and sound after a most enjoyable weekend.
I use Memory Map GPS mapping software on an iPad to track our journey's, we traveled a total of 1,168 Km, used 175.41 liters of diesel at a cost of $263.19 which works out to 15 L/100 Km.
Until next time ...........Monday’s are fun enjoy them.