Econo Lodge Statesman Ararat
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A nice trip in lovely sunshine to Ararat, we left a bit later than we should have, of course, but that's us! Never in a hurry. I was pretty good in my travel pen and only scratched and clawed at the mesh front once or twice. Well, I have to keep them on their toes, so to speak! It's about 2 and a half hours to Ararat, so I did have a bit of a nap while we travelled. I whinged a ...
... on the Bluff) and all their bedding got wet. So a rather dodgy clothes line was erected and, as I'm sure it was more than 100 years ago, sheets flapped in the wind.
Tyler and Jason took a run up Zeka Spur for phone signal and the rest of us just relaxed and enjoyed our surroundings. The kids loved it here. There is so much space, and they always seemed to be busy doing something (usually with rocks or sticks!)
Once Ty and Jason ...
On the way home from Halls Gap we stopped off at J Ward for the Criminally Insane. It closed in the early 1990s but it feels like a relic of the 1950s. Beautiful blue stone walls, but it is only a step up from Pentridge. Cramped jail cells, desolate shower blocks and a grim exercise yard.
It was a psych ward and jail before becoming a jail for the ...
... jails. Interesting tour. Then we did the walking tour around Ararat, did our shopping and drove up to Green Hill Lookout. Also went to Pinkie Point, where gold was found and Cathcart, where miners stopped for supplies. The Chinese found alluvial gold , but paid for supplies with gold and told where they got it. They lost their claims. Lots of photos ...
... of kilometres at some of the lookouts!
After almost nine weeks, we spend our last night in Victoria at Wannon Falls and we get some rain, but not enough to see the Wannon Falls falling. Before we leave we get tips from some other "nomads" about south Australia, but they didn't tell us about the fruit and vegetable quarantine at the border. As we get ...