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Wednesday, 3 April 2019

First Trip 2019

West Victoria trip March 2019
Monday 18th day 1
Packed and on the road...headed to Lake Ratzcastle...arriving 1:30pm
Set up in the almost exact place we were last September
Was a hot night..and during the night the van slipped sideways not much but annoyingly making sleeping in bed hard against the wall


Tuesday 19th day 2
Before breakfast we raised the legs and drove forward about 10ft away from a 3ft wide ditch one of the legs were in to a flat area..


Wednesday 20th day 3
We been chatting with a couple we met here last May..he (Ron) had built his own caravan..about same size as ours.
Rosie washed a few clothes by hand and it didn't take long to dry on the 30+ deg day....so far all the people that camped around us been SA


Thursday 21st day 4
People come and go...today 4 vans arrived all were SAn where are the Vic's still warm but tonight it's very cloudy..might rain


Friday 22nd day 5
It didn't rain and today turned out nice...still high humidity though it was only 31 felt like 40.. Rosie fell over again while walking around the lake..glad we took the walkies talkies with us in case of an emergency


Saturday 23rd day 6
Still here...leaving for Hynes on Monday...lot of campers coming and leaving today and last night...cloudy tonight forecasting 5mm tomorrow and more Monday...we shall see


Sunday 24th day 7
Crappy day weather wise...packed most of gear up for early start tomorrow to Hynes


Monday 25th day 8
Well we made it to Hynes....storm all night...wet trip here been windy and raining most of the day...no one here


Tuesday 26th day 9
Couple vans came in drove around and left....still no one here....weather been nice today


Wednesday 27th day 10
Still here...still no one around...started the Kings stove today...paint blistered on top...that's expected ....Rosie did some clothe washing


Thursday 28th day 11
Quiet day warming up...maybe 30c....couple in end caravans turned up this arvo
They seem to know all the gossip about whats going on with this place


Friday 29th day 12
people coming in and out....couple backpackers came in late.....WHY DO THE MALES WANT TO BE IN LADIES TOILET??


Saturday 30th day 13
Backpackers left mid morning ....only to get couple young ones turn up mid storm in a small wagon...(weather been bad)


Sunday 31st day 14
Girls left 11am....went over to chat with corner couple...John was there (we met long ago)....we felt uneasy now knowing the owners are filming you every time you enter toilets...how much paper your using and number of showers taken...there goes the privacy here...now there's none.
Later John came over to ask me if I could help him put out a smouldering fire pit left by illegal campers about 3klms in the scrub...was interesting as I have never been there before
Tomorrow we are heading home....might have to break up the trip....roughly 6 1/2 hour trip





Monday 1st April day 15
Left Hynes around 8:30am SA time...arriving home 3:15pm......long day driving...

next trip May


Thursday, 27 September 2018

September Trip to Victoria




 Trip to Victoria September 2018

Friday 31st August
On the road early and after 5.5hr drive reached Lake Ratzcastle, setup for several days in our usual spot



Thursday 6th
Left Lake Ratzcastle and headed 173klms to Hynes Campground off the Henty Highway on the Rocklands Reservoir, arriving mid-morning only to catch up with people camping there we met 4 years ago last time we were here....yep!! 4 years ago...where did that time go?? Also they have added doors to the entry of the toilet block









Wednesday 12th
Left Hynes and headed north, got food and fuel from Warrackmabeal and headed to Jeparit CP...arriving here no one else here...staying 2 days hope to head to Lake Albacutya




Friday we left Jerparit and headed North 87klms to Hopetoun back of Lake in Free area (the weather turned and read caravans at LA wasn't such a good idea)
Set-up only an hour later to pack up due to remote controlled jet boat racing on lake...what a racket





Headed back south to Lake Ratzcastle 200klms away
Arrived there and set up for next 4 days








Tuesday 18th
packed up early (7am) and headed home to avoid wet weather only to get it over the border


Wednesday, 13 June 2018

June 2018

Trip report
June 11th Monday

Day 1
Packed and left home 7am...met Allan on the 9mile road ...stopped and had a quick chat...got to Lake Ratzcastle..11:30am..things have changed...bunting everywhere...new rainwater tank near shower end
Only one other there..I picked a spot to set up..only to have wind pick up and start to rain...so decided to go to Black Cockatoo Bush Camp..arrived at 2pm...just started setting up and it rained...set up and organised ..time to start dinner..
Well got heatbeads starter going put pot water on...let it boil..dropped in crivac dinner package..let it heat...20mins later lifted lid only to see the pack had burst and all food now boiled in water..what a mess.
Drained what I could and put it in a bowl was very hot.
Finished and storm hit...thunder and lightning all night..was in my bed 6:45pm



Day2

Was hard to sleep with lightning every few mins...I was up at 7am. desided..to skip breakfast and have a coffee...bloody heatbeads wouldn't light so I gave up trying after 75mins.

Its now 9:30am...I've had enough...has not stopped raining and everything is wet....packed up in a hurry..gazebo frame in its bag...rest just jammed into the car...11:30am and headed home.

Well what a horrid wet trip home...longest time to get home
4pm I got home..an hour later I had unpacked the car and relaxed

Day3
Spent most of the day sorting gear out...drying things and putting them in their proper bags....still trying to dry out the tent...stuff I took out of the caravan is now back in

Would I do this trip again? Sure just don't let it rain  👹

Ps...actually the stretcher bed and self inflating mattress were quite comfortable
May 2018

First Trip for 2018

Friday 4th Day1
After nearly 3 weeks without a car....we got it back Wednesday...only to find Thursday there was a bang noise in back we had to unload it Friday morning (all ready packed to go away) and take it back to Adelaide, it had a rebuilt gearbox, and they forgot to put a exhaust bracket back on...all fixed we headed home reloaded and hitched up ..looked at clock 12pm..headed over to Victoria to Lake Ratzcastle arriving 5:30pm SA time......worst part of trip was guzzling fuel...had to top up at Coonalpyn before stopping at Tintinara to fuel up

Saturday Day2
Started day off by finishing setting up the caravan from last night late arrival

Sunday Day3
Rain and more rain......had to did a trench around the awning walls..flooding

Monday Day4
Rosie washed few clothing.....hung it on the line then moved it all over the place chasing what sun there was.........that late afternoon we had neighbors from WA directly across the track from us

Tuesday Day5
They left early ...all our meals were made on the webber........Rosie starting to get used to it now....we packed up everything not needed that night ready for an early start tomorrow....caught up with Steve today....cant believe its been 12 months since we been here......lot additions like many new picnic tables...plus its donation to stay here now

Wednesday Day6 Towitta Trip
I personally hate being woken by sound of rowdy diesel heaters...so up and packed and were leaving by 7:30am...Got fuel at Tintinara again,return trip..306klms using 82ltrs fuel...GRRRRR!!!.....even with fill tank it just got us to Towitta..we arrived early set up same as Lake Ratz...behind the shed....followed by Rob and Lindsay and his wife Jeannie.......that night we sat by Poddies plough disc fire pit..but was windy and cold
Thursday Day7
More arrived today

Friday Day8
Campoven cooking commenced today......though with heatbeads instead and under the verandah........Rick & Cindy arrived late today......My phone being playing up

Saturday Day9
More the same

Sunday Day10
Again same...lots food made over weekend
                                                                    Rosie's mini scones

                                                                    Rosie's sausage rolls
                                                                             Brian's biscuits



Monday Day11
All left bar Rick & Cindy and us......wind had stopped so we had a campfire going

Tuesday Day12 Headed off to Walker Flat
Had a look at Swan Reach but it was packed........so headed to Walker Flat....Hettner Landing...found a non-River view and set up ...left the River view for Rick & Cindy

Wednesday Day13
Rick took us both sight seeing to places they have camped before plus couple other places of interest (Shell Hill and Black Hill and Black Hill Rock)
                                                                                  Shell hill
                                                                                Black Hill
                                                                             Black Hill Rocks
                                                    Rick trying to sneak on board the Cruise

Thursday Day14
Rick & Cindy packed up and headed home.....we stayed on......but weather was crappy......no rain yet


Some random pics of area



Friday Day15 Home bound
We packed up early......tried local shop to get fuel...but was none.....just got to Murray Bridge not much fuel left...(drove in the Exit didnt I)
Got home in time for late lunch

PS... took car back to Mitz......had work done and seems to be running better......will see next time we tow the van
PPS......I bought a new phone.....hope its blue tick......