Melbourne and Bright (Victoria)

14/12/2014  Sale was nice, but we’d had enough of sitting around in the one place. So, once the wheels studs had been replaced, we headed to the Kimberley dealer in Melbourne for a service.

As it was close to the local Kimberley dealer and other services, we stayed at the Big4 Dandenong Tourist Park.IMG_2762

The fridge/freezer in the Landy hadn’t been working for a couple of weeks, so I had an auto electrician check the dual battery system. A blown circuit breaker was found to be the cause of the problem. It’s great to have the car fridge back in use again, and Di can no longer complain that the beer is taking up too much space in the Kruiser fridge. I also replaced the rim that was damaged when it came off the van.

While in Melbourne, we caught up with good friends, Phyllis and Ian, who had us over to their Port Melbourne home for a couple of very enjoyable meals and many wines. We took a walk to the waterfront at Hobson Bay and had a lovely drink at the Station Pier overlooking the cruise ship terminal and the Spirit of Tasmania, as it prepared to depart for the trip across Bass Strait.

While the Kruiser was being serviced, we decided to visit our great friends, Lesley and Ian, in Bright, a few hour’s drive north-east of Melbourne. On the way, we stopped off at Yering Station Winery and Yea, both favourite spots from our visit to Victoria ten years ago. We had stayed at the Peppercorn Hotel years ago but this visit we only had time for a fabulous lunch. Definitely the best steak sandwich in the world!

On the way to Bright, we called in to try one of the berry sundaes at the Bright Berry Farms. Too delicious with lots of boysenberries and cream – we shared one between us though.

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In Bright, we stayed in a bushland studio accommodation at The Odd Frog for three nights. After travelling in the van, we didn’t know quite what to do with all that extra space. We had wallabies visit every morning and afternoon. The outlook reminded us of our previous home at Silver Pinch, Toowoomba.

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Ian is currently undergoing a journey of his own, but of a medical nature. It was great to see him upbeat and positive, and so full of his usual mischief. We visited the nearby historic town of Yackandandah with them, followed by a lovely platter lunch and couple of glasses of wine at the Ringer Reef Winery just outside of Bright. We are looking forward to spending more time with them and Lesley’s mum, Sue, in Bright for Christmas.

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