Indian Summer

We left Torquay in the nick of time, the days were getting cold and the water was even colder. Straight into the Indian Summer – 30 degree days in Melbourne and it was nearly May! We even got back in the pool at the caravan park, a little chilly mind you.

We spent almost another week in Melbourne as again there were plenty of people to catch up with. Loreta’s cousins where in town so a couple of drinks at the Crown, Nigel and Jess again of course so dinner at Grub Food Van , and who could pass up a pizza night invitation at Max’s.

Mr Grubb @ Oakdene Winery - Bellarine, VIC
Mr Grubb @ Oakdene Winery – Bellarine, VIC
18th Celebrations - Melbourne, VIC
18th Celebrations – Melbourne, VIC
Streetwise - Fitzroy, Melbourne, VIC
Streetwise – Fitzroy, Melbourne, VIC
Grub Food Van - Fitzroy, Melbourne VIC
Grub Food Van – Fitzroy, Melbourne VIC
Mr Grubs Food Van - Fitzroy, Melbourne, VIC
Mr Grubs Food Van – Fitzroy, Melbourne, VIC
Boys toys - Max's House, Melbourne, VIC
Boys toys – Max’s House, Melbourne, VIC

Finally it was time to move on, destination Wilson’s Promontory, the Southern most part of mainland Australia and from what I understand typically the coldest. However the Indian Summer looked set to continue with the forecast of 4 days in the late twenties. The weather didn’t disappoint and we recorded 27 degrees under our caravan awning at 4pm one afternoon. It was magic to be swimming and surfing in just board shorts and not having to rug up with beanies and scarves, hoodies and thermals. It was a little chilly at night and early in the mornings but not so much that we couldn’t light a fire on the beach at Yanakie Caravan Park and toast marshmallows one night. The Prom is a beautiful place, very rugged and remote, and with the weather we had, seemed strikingly similar to Esperance. However I suspect that’s not always the case.

Tidal River - Wilson's Prom, VIC
Tidal River – Wilson’s Prom, VIC
Nice Lines - Squeaky Beach, Wilson's Prom, VIC
Nice Lines – Squeaky Beach, Wilson’s Prom, VIC
Squeaky Beach - Wilson's Prom, VIC
Squeaky Beach – Wilson’s Prom, VIC
Sand Angels - Wilson's Prom, VIC
Sand Angels – Wilson’s Prom, VIC

 

First Light - Yanakie, Wilson's Prom, VIC
First Light – Yanakie, Wilson’s Prom, VIC
Moon Rise - Yanakie, Wilson's Prom, VIC
Moon Rise – Yanakie, Wilson’s Prom, VIC
The southern-most mangrove stand in Australia - Corner Inlet, Wilson's Prom, VIC
The southern-most mangrove stand in Australia – Corner Inlet, Wilson’s Prom, VIC
Match Head Mud Crab - Red Bluff, Wilson's Prom, VIC
Match Head Mud Crab – Red Bluff, Wilson’s Prom, VIC
Toastin' Marshmallows - Yanakie, Wilson's Prom, VIC
Toastin’ Marshmallows – Yanakie, Wilson’s Prom, VIC
Grey Goose - Turner River, Wilson's Prom, VIC
Grey Goose – Turner River, Wilson’s Prom, VIC
BMX Bandit - Yanakie, Wilson's Prom, VIC
BMX Bandit – Yanakie, Wilson’s Prom, VIC
Eats Roots n Leaves - Wilson's Prom, VIC
Eats Roots n Leaves – Wilson’s Prom, VIC
Picnic Time - Tidal River, Wilson's Prom, VIC
Picnic Time – Tidal River, Wilson’s Prom, VIC
On Top of the World - Wilson's Prom, VIC
On Top of the World – Wilson’s Prom, VIC
Happy Feet - Tidal River, Wilson's Prom, VIC
Happy Feet – Tidal River, Wilson’s Prom, VIC
Cold Feet - Tidal River, Wilson's Prom, VIC
Cold Feet – Tidal River, Wilson’s Prom, VIC

From there it was off to Lakes Entrance where one of my new found friends from Bells had offered the use of his houseboat. Cheers Mick! We stepped aboard and were immediately overwhelmed by the sense of space. It’s more than twice the size of the caravan and was a welcome change, especially waking up to majestic views of the North Arm. The boys thought it was fantastic, we spent our time fishing, walking and exploring the town and different arms of the Gippsland Lakes.

Mini golf seemed to be flavour of the month in Lakes so we had to give it a go. The kids had a ball running around with two foot putters whacking stuff, make sure you check out the video below of the next Tiger Woods in the making!

We made the trip out out the Buchan Caves just North East of Lakes, but the kids weren’t impressed and to be honest the caves in WA’s South West cape are much better.

Clancy J - Lakes Entrance, VIC
Clancy J – Lakes Entrance, VIC
River Life - Lakes Entrance, VIC
River Life – Lakes Entrance, VIC
El Capitano's - Lakes Entrance, VIC
El Capitano’s – Lakes Entrance, VIC
Cosy Corner - Lakes Entrance, VIC
Cosy Corner – Lakes Entrance, VIC
Houseboat pets - Lakes Entrance, VIC
Houseboat pets – Lakes Entrance, VIC
See no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil - Lakes Entrance, VIC
See no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil – Lakes Entrance, VIC
Captain TJ - Lakes Entrance, VIC
Captain TJ – Lakes Entrance, VIC
Font of the Gods - Buchan Caves, East Gippsland, VIC
Font of the Gods – Buchan Caves, East Gippsland, VIC
Hard at play - Lakes Entrance, VIC
Hard at play – Lakes Entrance, VIC

Loreta’s parents planned a last minute holiday to Tasmania so with a few calls to their travel agent they were able to leave a little earlier than expected and stopover in Sydney for a week. For us this meant the chance to catch up so we burned up the coast from Lakes Entrance to Sydney. A little under a thousand km’s in two days with an overnight-er in Narooma rest stop to pick up a hitchhiker.

Tune in soon for all of Sydney’s antics…

Hitchhiker - Narooma, NSW
Hitchhiker – Narooma, NSW

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