Nearly time for a change

3 02 2009

Last weekend saw my lovely grandparents (John and Betty) briefly calling into Melbourne on a day trip from their New Zealand – Sydney cruise. It was great to see them, and they were in supremely high spirits, which in turn rubbed off onto April and myself. We took the oportunity to show them around the Docklands area of Melbourne which has been recently re-developed and is quickly becoming one of the more fashionable areas of the city. Think Barcelona waterfront about 20 years ago (not that I would know what that looked like, but you get the gist!). We enjoyed iced coffees, a lovely lunch on the waterfront, and lots chinwagging. I look forward to seeing them again in Sydney.

Well, this week sees me finishing work, something which a few months ago seemed to be ages away, but has crept up on me all too quickly. I have spent last week and this week training my replacement (a funny and very cynical Kiwi called Ted) and doing other odd jobs which has been a nice change of routine. I will be sad to leave Hostmann Steinberg, I like the close-nitted-ness nature of working with a small team and the work is interesting and I am treated very well. Despite this, there is a whole country which I have not yet discovered so I am even more compelled to satisfy my curiosity.

We are due to pick up our 3 berth camper van on the 10th of February, and actually hit the road soon after packing up the same day. We have made some preparations for the trip, but still have quite a few things left to do. No doubt it will be a mad rush an hour before we are due to leave our house (it wouldn’t be right otherwise!). Our initial route is still TBA but it likely to be something like this;

Day 1: Melbourne – Albury/Wodonga on the Murray river
Day 2: Albury – Canberra, stop in Canberra for the day perhaps.
Day 3: Canberra – Coastal run up to Sydney via Wollongong.
Days 4-7: Sydney sightseeing.
Days 7: Sydey- Newcastle.

(See map below)

After this we haven’t really planned, as there is a plethora of things to see and do. There is simply no point in trying to fix a time limit to any particular location or destination. We have got the van until the 3rd March of March after all, so we have sufficient time to adopt a leisurely pace. After Newcastle, destinations include Brisbane, Noosa, Surfers Paradise, Airley Beach, The Whitsunday Islands, Townsville and Cairns (and everything in between). Living in the campervan will be interesting. I plan to keep a diary of my observations whilst living on the road which i’ll transcribe on here at some point in the near future.

Well, not much more to report other than the searing temperatures have abated briefly to a comfy 30 degrees, although bushfires still persist.

Also an interesting article about the future of the car here.

TTFN, Dave.

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