Left home around 7:30am and arrived at Lake Bringalbert around 1pm
Went for walks and colected wood for a fire tonight..Rosie cooked with a campoven
Woke to a foggy morning..packed up and headed to Lake Ratzcastle.......there were 3 other vans where we normally camp so we ended up near the swamp just below the toilet block
Collected wood and cooked dinner with the choofa/brazzier Rosie cooked a roast lot more vans and campertrailers turned up ...still by ourselves
Did same ol same ol....Rosie cooked breakfast and dinner on the choofa....we had a chat to some other campers......saw 3 wallabies tonight
Woke to a not so nice morning...by 11:30am we packed up and headed 60klm SE to Harrow...been here before..still $12 night powered.....storm caught us...wind and rain since we got here
Went for a walk.......lot of rain off and on ....chatted to caretaker and stroke guy with 4 sausage dogs and cabin chap...
Left this morning and headed SE...Had a look at Chetwynd then down to Red Cap Creek..which also turned out to be Casterton Anglers Club....said to ring a number..but only prob....
there was no phone reception...so onward we went ending up at Casterton CP $23 night powered....also bought a wrist watch...for some reason..at 4am the screen cracked on mine
Left Casterton this morning and headed west on the Penola Rd found couple free camps...first being Wattle Glen...small sloping area in forest.rough drive in with van
2nd was 17klm from Casterton 3klm on from other camp.....called Long Lead Bush Camp.....found a level spot and set up.there was a newish toilet...2 shelter sheds and lots of campfire pits and tables...had a look around after lunch......there were no water tanks or creeks close by...reminder BYO drinking water...also this place has lot of trail bikers ....2 lots today
Friday 10th Day10
Spent day by fire...took plenty of pics....Rosie went for a walk around 2klm when she returned she was greeted by 2 DEPI rangers ...who spent a lot of time chatting with us about local camping spots.........last couple days weather been great
we packed up before trail bike riders turned up...suppose to be about 200.....headed SE from Casterton through Merino...had a look at their Showgrounds then down to Hotspur then West to a camp area deep in a forest 17klm of rough track...only to find the last 100mtr bogged in with deep slop mud.....so we turned around avoiding the fallen trees on the way out...
Went for a walk to a park next to a swimming pool being rebuilt ... the park would have been a botanic show piece in its hay-day but now long forgotten......and overgrown with briars (could be blackberry)
spent rest of the day sitting in a shady spot out of wind......there are no campfire here so all cooking done in van
Woke to a crappy wet horrid day....Rosie did cloth washing again....only did some Saturday morning at Casterton laundry mat......the wind and constant rain didnt let up all today.....by 2pm I thought the van was going to tip over so we roughly packed up and moved the van next to the shed...hoping it would protect us more only to see the wind change and now the Pajero taking the brunt of the wind.......only consolation...was now we could plug the van into the 240v 15amp plug ...nice to have the heater on...it was 6c earlier in van
Left Merino this morning and headed down to Dartmoor yes there are new toilets up on the hill
then went looking for Mill Swamp......finally found it just as well we walked in as you couldnt get a van in or turned around
Went back to Casterton to get fuel and extra food...then let the GPS get us to Fulham Streamside camp above Balmoral....eventually found it...not a good place to get a caravan into.....so we decided to go to Mountain Dam on the top of the Rocklands Reseviour GPS got us loss and 150klm out of our way we found the campsite.....bit slopy but not bad
Collected firewood and chatted to those camped around us.....while Rosie cooked dinner we saw a kangaroo
woke to a rotten day ....rain and more rain....eventually cleared up by 3pm...cooked dinner on the choofer ...sat by the fire after and saw 3 gang-gangs...never seen any before.....they have quite a distinctive call
Best day ever to wake up to...saw 2 kangaroos..spent most of the day sitting by the fire....couple vans came in and set up....saw a satellite tonight while looking at stars...packed what we didnt need tonight for a quick pack up in morning to head home via Horsham for fuel