OZ and Tassie travel blog


17 December

Up early, not sure why, but we had to make sure the trailer and car were ready to be returned. Carolyn arrived home from Her trip to Bali looking very relaxed and tanned. She joined us for breakfast, caught up with we had all been doing and then we packed up and hit the road for Melbourne.

So, back once again onto the Hume Highway and headed south. A couple of hours later we arrived in Pakenham and met up with Kellie (Melbourne Campertrailer Centre) to hand back the trailer. It was great to catch up with Kellie again, we had a long chat, Kellie showed us around the new versions of the Cub Campers, when suddenly we realised we were very hungry and anyway needed to get on. Will catch up with Kellie in January.

Found another Olivers along the highway, grabbed a pulled pork bun, delicious, before heading on into Melbourne. The tollway took us all the way through the centre of Melbourne and we dropped off at Essendon. There was Kevin, the owner, cheerful as ever as he handed on the next car, a Toyota Camry. Quite a large sedan it was very comfortable, and it had a huge boot; all our luggage went in with space to spare!

We got caught up in early rush hour traffic on our way to Kensington to stay with Janet and John. A very welcome cold beer/wine after we unpacked. Lots of catching up and a great dinner. We felt quite tired even though we only spent the day driving around. Bed.

18 December

Very relaxed start after a good night’s sleep. Spent 45 minutes on the phone trying to sort out our account for paying the tolls we had incurred over the past two days. John was to collect a new caravan today, so we took Janet for her hospital appointment while he drove to get the new van. Coffee just up the road then we drove to Moonee Ponds as Ruth wanted to shop! Lunch was ok, Moonee Ponds is a bit run down and was a disappointment, shopping-wise.

We returned, helped John with the new caravan for a while before re-packing the car and setting off for Croydon to take up our house-sit. Definitely caught up in the rush hour, but not nearly as bad as we expected (not sure what the Melbournians have to complain about; they should try London’s rush hour!). Anyway arrived in good time to meet with Emily and the cats. Unpacked, shown the ropes etc., and then it was bedtime; where did the day go?

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