Tuesday, February 1, 2011


Here we are back on the road again after 12 weeks in Newcastle.
Heading south to Melbourne, we visited a friend in Orange for two days and enjoyed her guided tour around the area which was lush and green after some much welcomed rain. Grapes, fruit and vegetables farms patchwork the hillsides but unfortunately we couldn’t buy any of the delicious local produce as we would have to throw it away at quarantine in Melbourne. After leaving Orange we drove to Albury where we spent one night and then straight on to Melbourne and the ferry.
We had booked our passage on the Spirit of Tasmania which cost $1,600.00 return which included the car, caravan and a cabin each way. Not being a very good “sailor” I was a little nervous but found the trip enjoyable. During the night the ship was rolling around a lot but I kept telling myself that it was just like being in a car and by the time they woke us up at 5:45a.m for a 6:30a.m. debarkation I had not felt sick at all. Lets hope the return journey is as kind to me.
Driving the van on and off the ferry was a little challenging as there is certainly no extra room on either side of the ramps. Mike did a great job driving, as he has throughout the entire trip.

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