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South East Coast Australia

Who: Sam & Reiner
Where: Brisbane - Sydney - Melbourne
Distance: about 4500km
Time Taken: 8 days
When: Sep 05

We have just spent a hectic eight (8) days dropping a teardrop off for a customer in Gosford just outside of Sydney, picking up a teardrop camper that we had previously left in Gosford to use for the trip, back tracking a little to stay the night in the beautiful Hunter Valley in Maitland, then heading down along the Princes Highway along the NSW and Victorian coasts to Melbourne to pick up a second hand Landcruiser 4WD we bought through eBay. 

It wasn't until we planned this trip that we realised just how teardrop dependant we have become.  We really didn't want to be without it for the trip home from Melbourne, so there was no flying down.  We needed to deliver a new teardrop to Gosford for Carolyn, Mark and their son Gabriel but needed the new 4WD to carry two teardrops (our's and the newly christened "Pea Pod").  So there was nothing for it but to do a bit of double shuffling to make sure we had our teardrop with us.  And we are so glad we did.  It was a great trip - about 4500 km.

That's a long way in a short time, but that is when a teardrop camper comes into its own.  We could stop in a truck stop or pull in late at night with no need to setup.  Petrol prices were up as high as I have ever known them, but lucky the teardrop camper doesn't really add additional costs in fuel consumption.  And they are cosy and warm to sleep in, which is handy since we decided to come back via the Great Ocean Road and then through the Snowy Mountains (Right).  It was the first time Reiner had seen snow since moving to Australia 20 years ago, and only the second time I have seen it in my life.  It is the end of the ski season here, but there was still snow on the side of the road and there was a couple of determined souls on the Thredbo slopes.

So what were the highlights of the trip for me? 

I loved the NSW and Victorian coasts, all the lush green dairy and cheese towns of Bega and Bodalla.  Bateman's Bay and Eden (left) , where we spent a night by the waters edge are beautiful coastal towns.  Once we had made it to Melbourne we were able to catch up with Reiner's daughter, which is always great fun and we went a little overboard buying cheeses and meats from the Queen Victoria Markets for dinner.  

The Great Ocean Road is just spectacular and I loved the little caravan park where we stayed in Port Campbell near the (slightly fewer than) Twelve Apostles. I picked up some of my favourite Bendigo pottery at the historic factory in the beautiful town of Bendigo. And the snow was a big hit for me in the Snowy Mountains... Reiner still thinks it is just cold and wet - but even he was impressed by the national parks on the way up the Snowy.

Mountain Lakeside View from Teardrop Snacking on Great Ocean Road

 


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