Wednesday 13th December 2006, (Melbourne).
We are now in Melbourne and will be here until the end of February or so. We are still up in the air about where we will go next year, but we have been throwing a couple of ideas around so we will see when we leave here.
Monday 11th December 2006, (Bairnsdale).
Our second last leg before reaching Melbourne today sees us at Bairnsdale, Victoria, about 270km from Melbourne. It was an eventful leg as well, with the bushfires rife in Victoria and some of them in the Bairnsdale area. See pics in Recent Photos page, (will only be there for a few months).
The main problem was getting up to date reports on the fires and where the bad ones were. Being in NSW last night the only news reports we were getting was about the worse ones and they are not in this district. The only other reports were about how the Sydney firemen sent to help were the hero’s of the day because they save a house. This was obviously regardless of the probability that the Victorians had already saved quite a few. I was getting a report that there was a slight chance that the Princes highway would be closed at some stage, but there was no information as to where and when. The little information I was getting indicated that the problem would more than likely be west of Bairnsdale so we decided to move today and then have access to more local news of the fire situation, and if necessary we would stay here until it was safe to go on.
It turns out that there are fires in this district but they are north west of here by about 100km or so and there doesn’t seem to be a problem with travel tomorrow. It now looks safe to make our last leg of travel tomorrow, but a check on reports in the morning will reveal actualities.
The other problem of the day was the large cloud of smoke mixing with actual rain clouds causing the resultant rain to be filled with dirt and muck from the fires, so now the car and caravan are in one dirty mess and in dire need of cleaning.
Saturday 9th December 2006, (Eden).
We are now at Eden, the southern most town of size on the coast of NSW, having arrived here yesterday. We had only intended being here for two days, but, 1/ Linda has decided that we would be breaking a new tradition by moving on Sunday, now to be a rest day, so we will probably stay an extra day. 2/ The bush fires in Victoria are close to Bairnsdale and if they worsen there is an indication that the Princes Highway could be closed. If this were to be the case we would not be able to get through. I have gotten some information from the RFA web site, including a hotline number, so I intend ringing them to get updates before we make a move. Hopefully this won’t delay our arrival in Melbourne by too much.
We have semi-decided that we may even return to this area after leaving Melbourne in February, or so, on our way back to the Sunshine Coast and have a leisurely trip this time to see some of the areas we have so far missed. The weather ought to be more suitable then as well.
Thursday 7th December 2006, (Ulladulla).
We had a walk around the headland yesterday, and quite a worthwhile walk it was. The distance was 4 or 5 kilometres, so not only was it worth the scenery, but exercise as well. We didn’t get to do as much walking as we wanted as the lookouts we visited were drive to and the one mountain we had looked at was too severe to attempt. I was hopeful of getting a good photo of Pigeon house mountain to show why but the one below is about the best I could do.
The walk was too severe especially the last leg that was steel ladders up a sheer cliff face.
The usual walk around town today taking photos, and now we are ready to dismantle the annexe ready for a move tomorrow.
Tuesday 5th December 2006, (Ulladulla).
Another trip today to the northern area from here, and it was a more enlightening trip than yesterday as it included a couple of lookouts and a waterfall. The waterfall had no water flowing over it to speak of, but it was worth the visit. The lookouts also gave us some spectacular scenery of the coast-line of this area.
I must be getting old or something, as the touring today, although most of it was on steep, windy, gravel roads, took it out of me a fair bit. I am feeling quite tired at the moment, as though I have been driving all day. We will have a couple of restful days now before moving on.