Today was another move on day. We left Lake Hume early on the Sunday having packed up the previous day.
A strange thing I will remember from this place is going to the bathroom one early evening and as I walked in a guy comes out of one of the many shower cubicles stark naked complaining that he couldn’t get the water to heat up. He then covered his modesty rapidly and retreated mumbling that he was sorry. Question I had was who was he expecting and why be naked anyway? Not that I asked him whilst making a sharp exit.
Heading north today we will get to our next stop at Jugiong, NSW which will be for one night only. On the way we stopped at a great little town called Holbrook. This place is amazing with a real good vibe, very clean with great old buildings and oh a submarine in the Main Street. HMAS Otway is strangely located in a town 400 kilometres from the nearest sea port but was commanded by Norman Holbrook VC.
Check it out here: https://www.visitnsw.com/destinations/country-nsw/the-murray/holbrook
Back on the road and having made good progress we stopped again. This time it was a longer break for lunch, give Max a walk a wee treat and some water in a town called Tarcutta. This town is the opposite of Holbrook with a look of abandonment about it. There was however a highlight in the Main Street of a mural on a wall on the Tarcutta Memorial Hall. This was to commemorate the people of Tarcutta who had served in the various conflicts. And returned soldiers who returned and were given plots of land in the district.
Fed rested and watered we got back on the road with another stop planned in Gundagai and the famous “dog on the tucker box” if you don’t know the story look it up and be amazed (not). It was great for Max to meet a dog he would get on with.
This drive seems longer when writing it down and really wasn’t that much. Next stop was in Goulburn and the famous “Big Merino” we have stopped here so many times but it’s a good town with everything you would need including a great bakery where we grabbed a pie for me and a rats coffin (sausage roll) for Kaz.
We arrived at the town of Jugiong and found the campsite at the Showgrounds which were really good with well kept grounds close to the Murrumbidgee river and with bins everywhere. We headed down the back of the massive grounds and drove on to a great level area with the bonus of not needing to unhook for an easy escape next day. The town is really small but has a large restaurant and close by a real country style pub with a beer garden where we could take Max to and enjoyed some chips washed down with a couple of ciders. When darkness fell it fell hard and was in fact a complete black out and so quiet that the three of us enjoyed a fantastic sleep. Next morning was a piece of cake with the van still hooked up.
Where to go next – we rolled the dice and Berrima, NSW came out the winner. WE booked in to the Berrima reserve (with only 4 spots for camping) by the Wingecarribee river. Then set up camp and took a walk to the beautiful wee town. Had a wander and of course as it was a bit chilly we found our way to the Surveyors General Inn Australia’s Oldest Continuously Licensed Inn 🤷🏻♀️ no surprise. We are usually sat out side however BONUS the barmaid allows Max into the bar which has a wonderful open fire Woo Hoo. We settle in and have only one drink……. then we head back to the van for dinner Mince and Tatties were on the menu👌
Now the idea was maybe to stay here for a couple of nights however the temp was so so cold in the morning we felt it was time to roll the dice again. We did meet a fellow camper Fran who was from Melbourne. She was travelling on her own for roughly four months and was driving in a converted van. You can see Frans van in the pic above. However Berrima has some great walks and great history. There was a World War One German Internment camp close by and unlike other camps the prisoners were allowed to leave the camp between 6 am and 6 pm. base yourself there and you can do some great walks giving a great insight in to the lives of the prisoners. We then headed for a lovely little terrace cafe and shared a bacon and egg sandwich and scones, jam and cream with coffees. Max also received doggie biscuits and a tint piece of bacon.
We opened up our travelling bibles of Wikicamps and the weather app to help us decide our next destination. We really have to get north and find some warmer weather and sunshine. We decided on the district of Richmond which has a great stop at the Richmond Sports Club who allow parking across the road from their club. It sounds a bit strange and kinda is as across the road is a huge car park where caravans, motor homes and buses can park really cheap. We just needed heat and although not crazy hot it was nice to be in the 21+ range. Close by were the usual Aldi, Woolworths and Dan Murphy like every other city district. We laid low and stayed pretty chilled for a few days.
Having had enough of sleeping in a car park we packed up and moved on once again heading north avoiding the Sydney cbd as much as possible. This time Kaz is driving and in our mantra of getting north we arrive at the Showgrounds at Morisset where we see that it is extremely busy. There is also Covid testing happening and I manage to speak to a women in a Jayco Journey just like ours who tells us that the place is full. We aren’t too disappointed as having left Richmond the rain has been constant and this place is waterlogged and miserable. Plan b is now the go and we drive on to Lake Macquarie where we book in to the Big4 Mannering Park. The rain is still on but we are spoiled with the new van we just reverse in, put out the awning and get inside to take shelter. Forecast for tomorrow is better.
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