Trip Start Oct 05, 2009
Trip End Oct 31, 2013

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Flag of Australia  , Victoria,
Wednesday, November 25, 2009


LAKES ENTRANCE, VICTORIA, via Cape Conran and Marlo. (We have not been able to get the map to show the route without making a separate blog for Marlo.)

Mileage: 8061kms

Eastern Beach Holiday Park; $28 pn.

Sunny, overcast, etc!!! 20-30 degrees over the day

Even though our journey had only been about 250 kms, it felt longer and the driver was weary and very pleased to find a quiet, newly renovated Holiday Park a few steps from the beach and a 30 minute walk to the town of Lakes Entrance.

That evening, we were given a tour of one of the park's ensuite bathrooms by a neighbouring caravaner who was paying $40 pn to have her own onsite bathroom a few steps from her van; "can't tolerate shared bathrooms; love the privacy and cleanliness of these facilities that are now being built in many parks!"  She and her husband were lovely but very pedantic about travelling and other things! We will stay with shared bathrooms!!!

Our other neighbours were 3 "homeless" young people hanging out in their tent and car with their 2 puppies trying to get a job in town. The female told Sheila her life story in the shared bathroom; the laundry generally tends to be the place for gossip and stories but it can happen anywhere really! Good luck with the job hunting!!

The town is full of holiday parks, motels and apartments, obviously a popular holiday destination and has the title of "seafood capitol". It has an old fashioned feel to it and the shoreline is busy with trawlers and tour boats.

Following recommendations, we enjoyed a delicious meal of fish and chips at Fish Affair and because we walked very briskly for 30 minutes to reach the shop, avoiding a violent approaching thunderstorm we felt that we had earned it! The rain poured down so we ate in and were happy to make the return journey with raincoats still dry and the storm out to sea.

The town is at the edge of 90 Mile Beach and once you take the foot bridge over the lake/river you are rewarded with a wide beautiful ocean. The bike and pedestrian track was a great way to explore the place and we took to pedalling our way around which was a change from walking.

Unfortunately the fly situation was the same so Sheila took to wearing her fly veil on particularly occasions.

She had a challenging morning sorting out the bikes on the rack; with the cover in place, the van's rear lights were not clearly visible to other motorists and we enlisted the aid of one of our young camper neighbours to release the really stubborn screws holding the handlebars in place. Unfortunately, to rectify the visibility of the rear lights, the handlebars need to be turned around before the bikes are racked and covered more compactly. We are still learning!

As we left Lakes Entrance at 9am, heading west, the police were stopping motorists for RBT and licence check; we had seen them doing the same the previous morning. These early morning checks seemed odd to us; does Lakes Entrance have a drinking problem?? Once cleared, we stopped at the lookout over the town to view the many waterways and on such a beautiful sunny morning they were blue and impressive.

We were on our way again towards Melbourne.
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