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  • Day78

    Day 78 Dromana, (Home)

    June 30, 2019 in Australia ⋅ ⛅ 11 °C

    Today was a long driving day considering that we are now in Victoria and are only 9 hours away from home in Dromana.
    First thing we did in the morning was pack up the caravan for the 42nd and last time of the trip.
    The first town we stopped in after Mildura was Lascelles where we checked out some cool silo art of a local farming couple called Geoff & Merrilyn Horman. Their family has been farming in the area for generations.
    After Lascelles we stopped by a nice little town called St Arnaud to have lunch. On the way out of town we were held up by a herd of dairy cows getting walked down the main road for milking. We have seen every sort of animal on this trip!
    For the rest of the day we were driving.
    After more than 17,000 km, 4 states, 1 Territory and crossing 3 time zones, we finally arrived back home.
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  • Day77

    Day 77 Mildura

    June 29, 2019 in Australia ⋅ ⛅ 13 °C

    Today was more of a relaxing day considering it was our last day of holidays. It also rained a lot of the day which made it harder to go out and do things.
    The first thing we did today was drive back into town to check out a few more shops around the area. I got a big winter jacket, Jess got a beanie and a very fluffy coat. Jess and I also bought a giant hippo that we named 'Moto Moto' from the movie 'Madagascar'. 'Moto Moto' is the nickname that we had given our truck for the trip. It seemed appropriate to have a mascot on board!
    Our final night we thought that we would go out for dinner to celebrate. Mum managed to find the dodgiest local pub called 'The Black Stump'. The service was pretty bad but the food was OK.
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  • Day76

    Day 76 Mildura

    June 28, 2019 in Australia ⋅ ⛅ 19 °C

    Today we returned back to New South Wales to have a look around Wentworth, then returned back to Victoria to have a look around Mildura.
    The first thing we did in Wentworth was visit the Wentworth Gaol. It had lots of cool antiques and it was a very good place to play tiggy.
    Next we drove over to a place called Orange World where we got some free delicious juicy mandarins and we even got an orange peeler. Once we finished in Orange world we went shopping for some more supplies.
    The next thing we did was return back to Victoria to have a look around Mildura. We checked out some shops and a few book stores.
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  • Day75

    Day 75 Victoria

    June 27, 2019 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 14 °C

    Today we finished up in Silverton and returned back to Victoria.
    It was hard to believe that Silverton, which currently has a population of 40 people, was in its peak, a mining town of more than 3,000 people.
    In the morning we visited the Daydream Mine. We went on an underground tour and then a surface tour. On the tours we learnt about what life was like for the miners in the 1880s when silver was discovered in Silverton. It was pretty tough for miners, working 12 hours a day underground by candlelight. Their life expectancy was only 40 years!
    After the surface tour had ended we enjoyed freshly made scones and milos.
    We returned to the caravan park to retrieve the caravan and continued on our way towards Victoria.
    After crossing the Murray River into Victoria we booked into the Apex River Beach Holiday Park campground in Mildura for three nights. We're planning to be home next Sunday.
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  • Day74

    Day 74 Silverton

    June 26, 2019 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 18 °C

    Today we drove across the border from South Australia to New South Wales.
    We checked out Broken Hill and stayed in Silverton. In Broken Hill we visited the information centre and got some more supplies.
    Once we finally arrived in Silverton we booked into the Penrose Park caravan park which had lots of birds and animals.
    Next we went to the Silverton School Museum. The school began from a tent in 1884 and the one-roomed stone building was completed in 1889. Dame Mary Gilmore, who is on the Australian ten dollar note, taught children at the Silverton School. There were lots of original books and old stationery dating back from 1884 to 1970 when the school was closed. It was also cool to say that all of the year level's were taught in one classroom back then.
    Next we checked out a few galleries and smaller shops.
    The highlight of the day was definitely the Mad Max 2 Museum. It was so interesting because Mad Max was created in Australia and was one of the most iconic movies ever made in Australia. It had all of the cars from the movie and costumes.
    After the Mad Max Museum we checked out another art gallery that had donkeys at the back.
    The last stop was the Silverton Hotel that has also featured in many movies.
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  • Day73

    Day 73 Driving

    June 25, 2019 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 18 °C

    First thing we did in the morning was pack up the caravan then headed to Wilmington.
    In Wilmington we stopped by 4 shops. The first one was an Op shop, the second was a Toy Museum that had a private collection of toys that the owner had collected over the last 50 years. They were mostly very well maintained in their original boxes. The next shop was the Sansousi Puppet Museum. It had over 1000 puppets that the owners had collected or made. Jessica bought a hand-made Pinocchio puppet. The last shop was called 'Kool Cats vending machines'. There wasn't much there to do though.
    The next town we stopped in was called Peterborough. In Peterborough we checked out a few more shops and then had lunch in an old picture theatre. It was pretty cool and the meals were huge!
    While driving we had to stop at a train crossing for a super, super long train that travels all the way from Sydney to Perth. The Indian Pacific takes 76 hours to get there.
    Our final destination was on the border of South Australia and New South Wales in a town called Cockburn. The town has a population of 19 residents. It features a hotel and a caravan park. They are both voluntarily run by the locals in order to keep the town alive. They even pay for their own street lighting. We finished the day by lighting a campfire and toasting the last of our marshmallows.
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  • Day72

    Day 72 Driving

    June 24, 2019 in Australia ⋅ ☁️ 6 °C

    Today we left Coober Pedy to continue on our way home.
    It was mostly a driving day but we stopped for lunch at Glendambo and stopped in a few smaller towns along the way for petrol. In Glendambo we ran into a few friendly sheep that looked like goats. Jess also took her soft toy chicken out for a look around.
    We finally settled at a small camp called Stony Creek Bush Camp & Caravan Park just outside of a town called Wilmington.
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  • Day71

    Day 71 Coober Pedy

    June 23, 2019 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 13 °C

    First thing we did today was move the caravan into a powered spot, because last night, without the heater, was very cold.
    After we had set up again we drove over to Tom's Working Opal Mine. At the mine we did some 'noodling', (searching for opal), and had a look around the underground mine.
    After we finished at the mine it was time for lunch. For lunch we went to the the best pizzeria in town, the pizza's were ok.
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  • Day70

    Day 70 Coober Pedy

    June 22, 2019 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 14 °C

    Today we arrived in Coober Pedy, after about 2 days of driving. We had only driven about 3 hours this morning but by the time we arrived in Coober Pedy most of the caravan parks were fully booked out because there was a festival. We did eventually find a non powered site at the Stuart Range Outback Resort where we had stayed on our last trip. You have to pay for the showers here. It is 20c for 2 minutes and very annoying.
    After setting up for two days we decided to check out the Opal festival. It had lots of little market stalls and exhibition tents.
    We found one stall with air rifles and we decided to have a go. Jess went first, and the targets were very far away. After she had finished her five shots I was pretty impressed. The staff looked impressed as well. Next was Ryley. He definitely took his time and I guess all his shots hit the target but he could use a little bit more practice. Then it was my turn. I took my time and concentrated on centring the crosshairs. My first shot was a bullseye right in the middle, second was also a bullseye, third was just out of the middle circle, and forth and fifth missed the centre by literally millimetres. Once I received my target I was amazed. The staff were too. Last was Dad. He got three bullseyes. At the end we added up the scores. Dad got first with 47, I got second with 46, then Jess and Ryley.
    After the festival we checked out an under ground art gallery. While there we were allowed to go 'noodling' on the floor of the gallery. We found some tiny pieces of opal that we were allowed to keep.
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  • Day69

    Day 69 South Australia

    June 21, 2019 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 15 °C

    Today we left Alice Springs heading towards Coober Pedy.
    Along the way we stopped at a Roadhouse at Stuarts Well where there was a baby camel, two emus, a bunch of magpie geese, a guinea fowl, a baby rainbow lorikeet, a cockatoo and two dogs. The baby camel was so cute and friendly. It gave us lots of kisses as you can see in the pictures and it liked its belly scratched.
    Today we also crossed the border from Northern Territory into South Australia. We found a campsite at a roadhouse in Marla. We're planning on arriving home by next weekend.
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