Crossing the Bass straight at night is by far the best use of our time traveling. We have covered so much ground on this trip and hardly scratched the surface.
Children are great when a routine is involved. Having been in the camper for over a month, both kids are well adjusted to when and where they sleep. Now we have gone and taken them out of that and thrown a big boat sized wrench into it. Roland is super happy to get on the boat and loves the idea of sleeping on a boat. He, however, usually asks to go sleep in the camper once we are actually getting him into bed.
Our room is set up with two sets of bunk beds. Scarlet is in a baby cot and Roland is on one of the bottom beds. Dan takes a top bunk and I stay down low with the kids.
As I stretch my legs out I found an obstacle on my bed that was not there when I fell asleep. It was 3:30 am so I just moved my pillow to sleep with my head by him rather than move him or risk kicking him (all measures to keep him sleeping). It was actually rather sweet. He did move a little more and put his head on the pillow beside me and was super cuddly in the morning when we woke him up.
We landed in Melbourn at 6:30 am and sadly could not stay to explore it. We need to drop off this camper in Sydney in just a two days. We have decided to drive some more of the coast and take those two days to see a few more small coastal towns rather than drive the big highway.
Sometimes our GPS picks strange routes. This was no exception (although it had a reason, construction)
We found ourselves looking at the former town of Yallourn, now moved for the purpose of coal mining.
We did get back on the highway and Dan found this truck rather amusing.
We found a great place for Roland to play. He has taken a liking to saying “I needs to play” when he sees a playground. It was beautifully situated across from a pond where it appears everyone goes to eat lunch.
We also found Stratford on the Avon too.
The mountains, valleys and ocean views keep changing on this road. We are taking the Princess Highway, a continuation of the “Great Ocean Road” continuing toward Sydney.
We chose the town of Eden to park for the night. It is right on the ocean and we would hear the waves crashing from our camper.
It was such a beautiful sight with the full moon reflecting off the water as it rolled in.
We have seen so much on this trip. I’m sure when I add it all up we will have driven over 10,000 km. We have seen all but one state (sorry Western Australia), coast, mountain, desert, and everything between. Animals, both farm and wild, unique and mundane. Historic and legendary locations. Yet, there is so much more.
This is a large place, to say the least, and warrant further exploration in my opinion. Plus I never got to dive on the Barrier Reef.
We are not quite done our time here. We will head to Sydney, drop off the camper and spend one last night in a hotel before heading off.
For now, I will fall asleep listening to the waves.