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Darwin to Daly Waters....... 26/5/2014

sunny 33 °C

I was up early again to finish packing. Hilaire was all sorted as she was leaving us today to fly to Cairns. She was to catch the shuttle bus out to the airport. On the road about 8:00 am, but a call from Hilaire had me doing a Uee to go back as I had left something in the apartment. We then filled up at the 1st servo and hit the road. South out through Palmerston, past Rum Jungle and Adelaide River. We were in Pine Creek by smoko. So a refuel and an early lunch. Then south again, with the next stop at Mataranka for another refuel. With only 160 kms to go, we got into Daly Waters by 4:00 pm. Checked into our rooms, I went and checked out the old WWII air strip and “the Stuart Tree”. A tree supposedly marked by John McDowell Stuart on his final and successful exploration to reach Port Darwin from Adelaide. It apparently has an “S” carved into it.

The Stuart Tree, Daly Watres NT.

The Stuart Tree, Daly Watres NT.

Back to the famous “Daly Waters Pub” where the live entertainment started about 5:30pm. There's live entertainment every night here. A great entertainer, singing all sorts of stuff, telling jokes and even some poetry. We all opted for the $29.00 BBQ. I had Barra, I & E had half 'n half. (Beef & Barra). The salad bar was a also great.
The entertainment continued with another singer/Guitarist playing some fabulous 50s & 60s numbers. Playing to an audience me thinks. Most people there were the Grey a Nomads...... Just like us. A fabulous night all round. Can recommend too anyone travelling this part of the country to stop and spend a night at “Daly Waters Pub”
A good 600+ kms done today. A couple of Jamesons for night-caps and into bed.
ZZZZZZZZZZZ. ............

Daly Waters Pub, NT

Daly Waters Pub, NT

Daly Waters, NT

Daly Waters, NT

Entertainment at The Pub, Daly Waters NT

Entertainment at The Pub, Daly Waters NT

Posted by PETERnHILAIRE 16:36 Archived in Australia Comments (0)

Darwin to Daly Waters....... 26/5/2014

sunny 33 °C

I was up early again to finish packing. Hilaire was all sorted as she was leaving us today to fly to Cairns. She was to catch the shuttle bus out to the airport. On the road about 8:00 am, but a call from Hilaire had me doing a Uee to go back as I had left something in the apartment. We then filled up at the 1st servo and hit the road. South out through Palmerston, past Rum Jungle and Adelaide River. We were in Pine Creek by smoko. So a refuel and an early lunch. Then south again, with the next stop at Mataranka for another refuel. With only 160 kms to go, we got into Daly Waters by 4:00 pm. Checked into our rooms, I went and checked out the old WWII air strip and “the Stuart Tree”. A tree supposedly marked by John McDowell Stuart on his final and successful exploration to reach Port Darwin from Adelaide. It apparently has an “S” carved into it.

The Stuart Tree, Daly Watres NT.

The Stuart Tree, Daly Watres NT.

Back to the famous “Daly Waters Pub” where the live entertainment started about 5:30pm. There's live entertainment every night here. A great entertainer, singing all sorts of stuff, telling jokes and even some poetry. We all opted for the $29.00 BBQ. I had Barra, I & E had half 'n half. (Beef & Barra). The salad bar was a also great.
The entertainment continued with another singer/Guitarist playing some fabulous 50s & 60s numbers. Playing to an audience me thinks. Most people there were the Grey a Nomads...... Just like us. A fabulous night all round. Can recommend too anyone travelling this part of the country to stop and spend a night at “Daly Waters Pub”
A good 600+ kms done today. A couple of Jamesons for night-caps and into bed.
ZZZZZZZZZZZ. ............

Daly Waters Pub, NT

Daly Waters Pub, NT

Daly Waters, NT

Daly Waters, NT

Entertainment at The Pub, Daly Waters NT

Entertainment at The Pub, Daly Waters NT

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Disembarking The Spirit of Tasmania and home. .... 20/6/2014

overcast 11 °C

All we had left to do was disembark The Spirit and ride the few Kms to home.
Up at Sparra's, as unloading was due at 6:30am and you HAVE to be ready. An early coffee, packed and then wait for the call to go to your vehicle. That's when the pandemonium starts. Every person with a vehicle is trying to get down to the vehicle deck at once and get into his or her car. The stairways are chockers with people carrying their luggage. Us on bikes take a little longer to get geared up. We start engines and get moving on the slippery deck. Out of the ships bowels, across the loading bridge and onto Tassie soil again. A quick stop for a check at quarantine, then into a gloomy, dark Tassie morning. Stopped briefly to say goodbye to Ian & Eileen then the 38kms to home!
Our dog George was very excited to see us home, as our house sitters had left the day before. A quick trip into town to pick up our other dog Charlie and back home again. Now it just unpacking, washing, storing all the bike gear and a BIG BIG clean on the bike & Trailer.

And so ends our EPIC trip. We have spent 44 days covering half of the Australian continent. We have travelled through every State and Territory except Western Aust. Seen everything from Bass Straight, Mallee country, the Murray River, the Red Centre, the Top End, Kakadu, the Gulf Savanah, tropical Far North Qld, most of Australia's east coast, the Glasshouse Mtns, Cape Byron (Australia's most easterly point), the Blue Mtns, the Victorian Alps and into Melbourne's suburban traffic.
A total of 12700 kms on our bikes. Also another 2500 kms in other hire vehicles.
Hilaire and I would like to thank everyone who took part in our journey. From our friends who participated in some parts of the adventure to all the friends and family who we visited around Australia and showed us their wonderful hospitality. We would especially like to thank our main travelling companions Ian & Eileen, who put up with us for the entire journey! I hope everyone has enjoyed following our blog as we travelled around this vast country we all love. Keep checking back from time to time as now I'll get time to upload some photos into each day's blog entry.
And so ends this blog......................
Time to start planning the next trip!

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Bright to Melbourne ..... 19/6/2014

semi-overcast 12 °C

Our last day of our epic tour on the bikes. We would travel from Bright down to Melbourne and catch the Spirit of Tasmania ferry across Bass Straight to Devonport.
No need for an early start as we could not board the ferry until about 6:00pm. We cleaned the apartment and packed up. Refuelled and left Bright at 9:45am. West through Myrtleford into a gloomy day. About 5deg. with heavy fog along the mountains, but not on the road thankfully. Turned left on Snow Rd and into Milawa. This is a gourmet food & wine district so we couldn't just ride through. Stopped at the local bakery for breakfast then a walk over to Milawa Mustards for some tastings. Bought several of their whole grain mustards....Yumm!
Bit too early to stop at Brown Bros Winery for tastings so continued on. A wrong turn along a narrow road found it turned to dirt. So a U-turn and back on the main road. Then left on the Wangaratta-Whitfield road to Whitfield. This is the King Valley area known for its food and wine products and dairy. Up over the range with spectacular views to the Vic Alps. Hilaire & I had done this road a couple of yrs ago and I had forgotten how great it was. Eileen was in awe of the views, then down into Mansfield. We kept going west past Bonny Doon now and on to Yea for fuel and late lunch. Found a great little coffee shop called Marmalades where we ate. Spotted another cafe over the road called “The Red Plate” with lots of automobile & motorcycle paraphernalia, so went over for a look. Some interesting stuff there. We then took the Maroondah Hwy and turned off through the Toolangi Forest, Toolangi and then into Healesville via the Myers Creek Road. This is a road I always like to take when in Victoria. Only 18 kms but it blows me away every time with its twisty road through beautiful rainforest and the tallest trees ever enclosing the road. Truly spectacular.
After Healesville, we kept on the Maroondah Hwy into Melbourne's outer suburbs.

Ready to board, Station Pier Melbourne VIC.

Ready to board, Station Pier Melbourne VIC.

The traffic got heavy immediately (by our standards) so it was about 2 hrs getting to Port Melbourne with only one wrong turn and detour taking us off our planned route through Melbourne. We hit the Esplanade near St Kilda Pier then along the waterfront to the Spirit of Tas ferry at Station Pier. About an hours wait before boarding, a few beers and dinner on board while we discussed the last day of our trip. In the morning we would be home.
ZZZZZZZZZZZZ ............

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A Day in Bright ....... 18/6/2014

sunny 14 °C

We're having a relaxing day looking around Bright today. Bright was established when gold was discovered in the Ovens River in the early 1850s. There were a couple of nasty incidents between the European miners and the Chinese. There were approximately 1400 Chinese miners working the goldfields in the 1850s. Bright is now a service town for the Victorian ski fields of Mt Buffalo and Falls Creek.
We all slept in and had a lazy morning. Then walked the 100m into town for breakfast. The girls did some looking around the shops and Andrew & I went for an explore around town.

Canyon Walk, Ovens River, Bright VIC

Canyon Walk, Ovens River, Bright VIC

Canyon Walk, Ovens River, Bright VIC

Canyon Walk, Ovens River, Bright VIC

We walked down to the Ovens River to find the start of a walking trail called the Canyon Walk. It took us about 1.5 kms along the river with beautiful views of rapids and a small
gorge which the river runs through. Across a swing bridge and return along the other side with lots of signage info about the old gold diggings in the area. A fabulous walk so close to town. It was lunch time by the time we got back so we all headed down to the Bright Brewery for some lunch. The Bright Brewery has expanded a lot since Hilaire & I were there in 2011. The meals were great and the beer was cold. We didn't quite get through their range of 8 beers. After lunch we waved goodbye to Andrew & Edi as they were headed back to Melbourne today.

A great little brewery, Bright VIC.

A great little brewery, Bright VIC.

Andrew & Edi, Bright VIC.

Andrew & Edi, Bright VIC.

Thanks guys for taking the time to visit us here. Back to the apartment where we all relaxed for the arvo. I had a Nana nap. ZZZZZZZ
We picked up a take away pizza for dinner and settled in to watch the State of Origin footy match.
Tomorrow will be our last day of this epic holiday as we board the Spirit of Tasmania ferry tomorrow night.
ZZZZZZZZZZZZ ............

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