Gateway Island

Discover travel destinations of travelers writing a travel journal on FindPenguins.
Add to bucket listRemove from bucket list
Travelers at this place
    • Day46

      Beechworth Tag 3 ☁️

      January 5, 2020 in Australia ⋅ ☁️ 22 °C

      Heute war das Wetter tatsächlich richtig schlecht für die Verhältnisse, die wir hier in Australien schon gewohnt sind😄

      Bei um die 20 Grad, Nieselregen und dickem Rauch über Beechworth, haben wir entschieden in die nahe gelegene Stadt Albury zu fahren. Dort haben wir ein paar Lebensmittel besorgt und Jakob hat sich eine Angel angeschafft. 😊
      Chris hatte sich auch eine Angel aus Harrietville ausgeliehen und so sind wir ohne Angelschein an einen großen See gefahren und haben da unser Glück versucht.
      Fische haben leider nicht angebissen, aber dafür ganz viele Algen. Also einen leckeren Salat zum Abendessen anstatt Fisch? 🤷🏻‍♀️😄

      Direkt neben dem See war ein umzäuntes, großes Grundstück, wo wir etwa 10-15 Kängurus gesehen haben, dass war ein toller Anblick.
      Lange konnten wir sie Kängurus aber nicht beobachten, weil sie ziemlich schnell davon gehüpft sind.🤗🦘
      Read more

      Das heißt ihr seid in Sicherheit 😘! Und Regen bei dem Feuer ist ja super! Liebe Grüße Conny

    • Day135

      Road to Melbourne

      February 4, 2015 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 22 °C

      Unfortunately we had to leave Sydney already, since our flight to New Zealand is next Monday and we wanted to see at least a little bit more of this vast country. It was very nice though to have something like a home at Adams and Fraukes place for a while and we are truly grateful for their hospitality...and taxi services ;).

      This morning we boarded the 11 hour train to Melbourne. Everybody we told about this plan was incredulous: Can't you get out of the ticket? and why don't you just fly? were common questions ;).

      But flying was never an option for us and in this specific case the train was more scenic, more comfortable and cheaper than the bus. It just takes a little bit longer and an hour here or there is not really a constraint for us. But when looking for a place to stay we did notice that we are not in southeast Asia anymore once again. Instead of around 10 EUR for a double room we'll be paying 20 EUR for a bed in a nice and cosy 10 bed dorm ;).
      Read more


      Egg sandwich !!! But concomber....


      Gisela: Und Wurst??!


      Abgelaufener Schinken für 1 Dollar ;). Den Schinken den wir damals immer gegessen haben.

    • Day450

      Returning to QLD - Part 1

      July 14 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 11 °C

      This blog is a long time coming. We have been in QLD for 3 weeks.

      On our trip north we will be testing the new 12volt system and staying off grid.We started our journey north with a stop at Benalla. We stayed in the show grounds and had dinner at the local pub across the road. We looked at a free camp site but looked a little shady to us newbies free camping.

      Next stop was The Rock in NSW. It is a small town that allows free camping at the recreational reserve very quiet
      We did stop and see the Ettamogah Pub it is closed in winter as they can't heat it.
      Next stop was Woodstock where we camped up with family. It was great to catch up with Sonja and Craig.
      We did a night in Dubbo at a private camp ground, Blizzardfield. Great little spot though near the airport no night time flights but did start again about 6am.
      We are spending the night in Coonamble at Nakadoo farm stay. It is brilliant. It is a donation camp, we even scored the ensuite. (LOL) A nanny goat had 3 kids last night they are the cutest things. There are cattle, cats, dogs and horses.
      We walked through town and had a looked at the Nickname Hall of Fame.
      Read more

    • Day68


      January 7, 2020 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 32 °C

      Und dann war noch WAGGA WAGGA CITY auf der freien Strecke, und wir sind ca 200 km vor MELBOURNE im Bonnie Doon's Lakeside Leisure Resort. Bei hochsommerlichen Temperaturen gehts sofort in den Pool!

    • Day37

      Wonga Wetlands, Albury

      April 17, 2019 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 28 °C

      This visit the Wonga Wetlands are very dry. The last of the water has left a few pans of mud. The many water birds we saw her last time have headed off to wetter areas.

      There are many families of fairy wrens taking advantage of the seed bearing plants growing in the now dried up ponds.Read more

    • Day6

      The highs and the lows..

      April 25 in Australia ⋅ ⛅ 16 °C

      OMG... what a day... It started off well as I headed off up the high Country Rail trail to see how far I could get. I confess I had some vague idea of making it all the way to Shelly, but when I worked out it was almost 85km one way with a 500m + climb in the last 20km I just decided to go as far as I could in a reasonable able amount of time leaving sufficient time and energy to get back. The trail starts not far from the motel and heads in a gently undulating manner towards the Kiewa River where there are some rather pretty bridges and trestles. It then climbs slightly towards Bonegilla. The Bonegilla Migrant Reception and Training Centre which is not far from the trail but was unfortunately closed being ANZAC day, was a camp set up for receiving and training migrants to Australia during the post World War II immigration boom. The camp was set on 130 hectares (320 acres) between the Hume Dam and the city of Wodonga. The site was a former World War II Australian Army base, and is adjacent to the current Latchford Barracks. Before being requisitioned by the army, the site was originally a section of large pastoral land. The camp opened in 1947 and operated until 1971, over which period it received over 300,000 migrants. It is estimated that over 1.5 million Australians are descended from migrants who spent time there. At the old station along what is now the rail trail was an art installation of metal suitcases which was rather compelling. Not long after Bonegilla the trail starts to skirt the edge of the Hume dam (for about 30km - all the way to Old Tallangatta). The Hume Dam, formerly the Hume Weir, is a major dam across the Murray River downstream of its junction with the Mitta River it is important for flood mitigation, hydro-power, irrigation, water supply and conservation. Along the way there are several cool bridges over large inlets. I had a brief stop at Tallangatta which is apparently known as the ‘town that moved in the 50s’. The town was moved eight kilometers to the west, to a site known as Bolga, to allow for the expansion of Lake Hume. Every now and then, when the Hume Dam is at a low ebb, the ghostly remains of "Old Tallangatta" can be seen above the water. The trail grew a bit iffy after old Tallangalatta but steadied out again a few kilometer's of rough riding including a quite notional section apparently involving a detour through a paddock. Around Bullioh the trail started to climb and although the surface wasn't too bad it was clear that this section is still being worked upon... there were several magnificent trestles is a very bad state (more detours) although there was still reasonable signage. The trail crossed under the road at the 61km mark and I thought that is was probably about enough as there was still about 14kms of climbing to go and I still had the return journey to consider. It was just as well that I did ... but more of that to come.... I decided to ride the road for a while and headed down the hill at a fair clip spinning along in the sunshine at a comfortable pace before regaining the trail just the other side of Tallangatta. I was, in fact just considering taking a rest break with about 22km to go back to Wodonga when disaster struck... my derailer snapped... the bloody thing just snapped off .. smashed one of my spokes and just hung there being both useless and worse an impediment to forward progression. In the end I kind of hooked it out of the way and started walking interspersed with kind of rolling down the hills accompanied by kind of leg waving activities... I slowly progressed this way for another 12 km before a couple riding past on an electric tandem (with their Snoodle Beau in a basket on the front) stopped to assist me ... the kindly Ian had a chain breaking tool and a replacement clip meaning that we could detach the derailer and the shorten the chain... it wasn't pretty but did mean I could sort of ride down the hills a little better and FINALLY just as the sun was setting I made it back to the motel... tired .. filthy and rather annoyed at the whole bike thing .... it's either major repairs or a new bike... either way I'm not sure I'll be doing other than head home... sigh!Read more

      I worked with some blokes who only had a beer if the town started with “B”. Or … if it started with two “B’s” … they could have two. You know like Bbrisbane, Bbogabri, etc. Unfortunately, your town of Bwodonga only has one “B”. But then again, you did arrive on a Bbike … AND … it was Bbroken! [M 🫣]

    • Day79


      October 6, 2019 in Australia ⋅ ⛅ 15 °C

      Day 1: Drove to Albury and booked into small caravan park on Northern side of Albury.
      Walked up to shopping centre and restocked fridge etc.

      Day 2: After lunch drove out to Tallangatta. Spoke to Photographer re photo of old Tallangatta. Drove out to Old Tallangatta view point and truckie told us of were you can see the old Railway trestle Bridge. Found the site and after photographing the bridge returned to cemetery and had a look around.

      Day 3: After breakfast went over to the Wodonga Family History Library, lady on duty did not know much. Returned to Library after lunch and Judy bought the Tallangatta Cemetery CD. Went back to Caravan Park, Judy did washing, rained in the afternoon.
      Read more

    • Day4

      High Country Rail Trail

      May 2, 2021 in Australia ⋅ ⛅ 22 °C

      Maybe it was because it's a long way away, or maybe it was fear of the unknown. Even though the High Country Rail Trail has been open for many years, the Ghostriders had never explored it prior to 2021.

      When we first started thinking of riding the Tumburumba Trail, I started looking at combining it with several other trails to make a week of cycling and exploring. If we were going to come such a long way from Melbourne, we might at least make maximum use of our time. Over a few days, the plans evolved to include the Tumbarumba, High Country and Murray to the Mountains Trails.

      The High Country Trail starts in the centre of Wodonga and stretches about 40 km through Ebden and Bonegila to Tallangatta. Much of the trail runs along the side of the massive Hume Weir, but in case you might be thinking that it must therefore be a flat trail, you have another think coming. Although there are no extended climbs, there are many smaller undulations along the route.

      Once again we started the ride in brilliant sunshine. The thermals and leggings were definitely not required, but the sunscreen was. The start of the trail is quite close to the Motel 24, where many of our riders were staying.

      The first few kilometres are high quality smooth bitumen, but the surface does not last too long. Once you reach the site of the old Bonegila Migrant Hostel, the surface deteriorates to fairly rough gravel. In some places it is actually quite loose and potentially dangerous, but the less than perfect surface is compensated for by the magnificent scenery across the Weir.

      Because the lake was artificially made, there are still hundreds of drowned trees poking through the water surface. These certainly add a certain moodiness to the scenery.

      All our riders made it safely to Tallangatta, where we settled down to a lengthy lunch at the Bakery. Then it was time to remount the bikes for the long ride back to Wodonga.

      Although the surface of the trail is not as good as the Tumbarumba Trail, we all agreed that it really was an enjoyable ride. Maybe this will become a regular part of the annual calendar ?

      Tomorrow we have a free day to explore Wodonga.
      Read more

    • Day25


      February 25, 2021 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 26 °C

      Quiet day relaxing around camp (after Cathy's ooooops moment when she flooded their van trying to get organised with washing! She didn't realise the grey water tank was "full" ........all good now so on we go! This afternoon we visited The Hume Dam and Ettamogah Pub....what a hoot that was!Read more

    You might also know this place by the following names:

    Gateway Island

    Join us:

    FindPenguins for iOSFindPenguins for Android