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Aug 31, 2012 - Winter Clothes Back Out!

Hi, We left Hay yesterday morning. The day before on our rest day I cleaned the 'van and Barry went back to the museums that we went to last year. We stopped at an antique shop which was closing down in Deniliquin and Barry scored an art deco, bakelite & chrome smoker's stand in excellent condition - is going to look great in the shop. We stopped at Echuca for lunch and a loaf of the super sourdough bread. After a wander around we left for Bendigo. When we came across the border the skies opened and it bucketed down - so much that I was...

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Aug 6, 2012 - Bendigo

Bendigo is a large city with a population of about 120,000. The area used to be called Bendigo Creek or Bendigo’s Gully after a famous local boxer who had earned the nickname Bendigo in reference to an English fighter. Its first official name was Castleton, then Sandhurst, but the nickname of Bendigo won out. There is a lot of history here. Trams have been restored and you can take a Vintage Talking Tram around the CBD.

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Jun 6, 2012 - On the Road Again

After catching up with the "FAMILY" for just over a week, (and "Bruce" for lunch), we left Melbourne at 9.50am, Tuesday 5th. T'Ann, the odometer when we left Melbourne was 87888kms. Headed for Ballarat, where the issue with the tow hitch was resolved. Thanks to Ballarat City Caravans. No thanks to Hayman Reese. Visited Soveriegn Hill, but sadly the Eureka Stockade is still closed for an $11 million redevelopment. Leaving Ballarat yesterday, we went north (it's not getting warmer yet) to the home of The "BENDIGO" Bank, and the first Meyer...

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Sep 1, 2011 - Ballarat to Bendigo

Wednesday - On our way from Ballarat we stopped at the "Chocolate Mill" which is 7kms North of Daylesford. The chocolates are all hand-made using Belgian chocolate and is a chocolate lover's heaven. I had a hot chocolate and it was absolutely delicious. We arrived in Bendigo early afternoon and are staying at the Gold Nugget Tourist Park. The cost is $27 2A per night if you are a Top Tourist member as you receive a discount. Although the park is on a main road (Midland Highway)it is set far enough back to be quiet at all times. The park is...

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Aug 26, 2011 - Bendigo

We had a walk around the Gardens and Rosalind Park today. Very typical Bendigo…. I didn’t climb the poppet legs to the lookout. To open for me and I did not have a parachute….. Off to Hopwood’s Ferry in the a.m. and having dinner with some fellow members of ABB at the Moama Bowling Club. There is some discussion between my wife and I as to what Velma did in Moama, I thought she was bussed in as a lawn bowls spectator, there is some suggestion she may have been a scorer. No doubt Vel will enlighten us in due course.

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Aug 26, 2011 - More farewells than Melba

I just wanted to use that cliche... We are now in Sandhurst…. Ok Bendigo…. Gold Nugget Caravan Park is OK, sites a tad difficult to get onto because of the height above the kerb. Free internet though - unmetered and high speed….. We had a packed day today, gold mining in the am. Maybe I should have called this post “Hi Ho Hi Ho it’s off to work we go”…. The Central Deborah mine tour was interesting; we only went down to the 2nd level but the geology was interesting, the miners of old missed the mother lode by 8 metres and it was discovered...

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Jun 16, 2011 - Bendigo

Had a fun day exploring Bendigo today. Weather was very cold but no rain so we just rugged up warmly. First stop was at Jayco to buy a new jockey wheel. Then we drove into town and bought a ticket for the 'talking tram' which is a hop on, hop off tourist tram that has recordings to give you a bit of history of the town as you travel around. The buildings are amazing - something we have found in all the towns we have currently been in that were founded on gold. We did the full trip to start with then on the return we jumped off at Charing...

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Feb 15, 2011 - Bendigo

We have had a few days in Bendigo. Great caravan park, our spot is right next to the pool and across from the playground, so the kids are in heaven! Big driving day tomorrow, trying to get over to Goolwa by Thursday some time. We are slowly sorting out the ins & outs of caravanning and attempting to look like we have some idea of what we are doing when we set up & pack up!!

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Dec 18, 2010 - Bendigo cont.

13th December. We went into Bendigo again and took a lovely walk through Rosalind Park, which has lots of beautiful old trees and flower beds, there are fountains and bridges throughout the park, in the centre is a glasshouse filled with unusual plants and a couple of fountains which help provide the humidity for the hothouse. At present there is a colony of grey bearded bats, which are rather rare.

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Dec 13, 2010 - Bendigo

We arrived in Bendigo and have decided to stay for 10 nights as Echuca and other towns are all within a few hours drive, so we only have to set up once. The place is wet due to the recent floods and current rains, any hollow or dip in the ground is full of water and a breeding ground for mosquitoes. The main street is also the highway and from one end of town to the other is 17.5 Km. Monday Sue and I decided to have our eyes checked in town and ordered new glasses, after paying the bill he gave us a voucher for $40 to have tea at one of...

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Dec 12, 2010 - Bendigo & Echuca cont.

8th December. I went to the Chiropractor again, we did a bit of shopping it was pouring with rain again, so the shopping centre was a good place to be. 9th December. We decided to drive back towards Melbourne and visited a cider distillery at Harcourt, then on to Castlemaine and then on to Woodend where we visited Hanging Rock of Picnic at Hanging Rock fame. It was a cloudy but pleasant day. 10th December. Today it was a drive back to Echuca so as we could board the Emmylou for our 2 hour cruise, with lunch, up the swollen Murray River,...

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Dec 7, 2010 - Bendigo and Echuca

4th December. On the road again heading for Bendigo, which is only 140 klm., further we may be staying here for two weeks. We are staying at the Golden Nugget C.P. which is nice. As soon as we arrived I decided to do the washing, then we went for a drive into Bendigo, which is a big place, which has a lovely fountain at it’s centre, there are some lovely parks and nice old buildings. 5th December. An easy day, with a bit of shopping and a pleasant Happy Hour or two. 6th December. I have made an appointment to see a Chiropractor as my back...

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