Tuesday, March 13, 2012

the second part

(continued from yesterdays post)

With all that rain came flooding. Flooding in our home town. Flooding back the way we came. Flooding out west. In fact, it seemed to be flooding everywhere but where we were. Thank you to those asking if we were okay. We were, but we just had to be careful which way we headed.

On a whim we decided to check out the Yarra Valley and then head home through the Victorian High country. We'd never been before. No rush as we still had a week up our sleeve if need be.

We drove through the Yarra Ranges and saw trees the size we'd never seen before.

We saw delightful little towns (Powelltown and Warburton to name a few), picturesque vineyards and lines of apple orchards.

We set up camp just a few minutes out of Healesville. Gorgeous tree lined streets, good food and the best coffee made it a very pleasant place to stay.

A delicious lunch was had at the Grand Hotel.

The parks are far nicer down there.

We adjusted to our camping life and fell into a relaxed daily rhythm.

We enjoyed some local aged beef, cooked medium rare on the camp cooker. The next night it was pork and fennel sausages.

We visited the Maroondah Reservoir dam which was 99% full.

After three nights we packed up the camper. It was time to move on.

We didn't really want to leave. I think we will be back sometime.

Have you visited these parts before?


  1. What lovely photos. It's always nice to see a part of the country I haven't seen before.

  2. lovely. i do love the 'just go' type of holidays! we used to live in healesville... some of my best growing up memories happened in that place :) thanks for the reminder!

    Kel x

  3. My neck of the woods! My mother lives just outside of Healesville. Beautiful isn't it? I miss it!

  4. Oh my, you are giving me itchy feet!! We love travelling to new places and always pick new routes to take - especially tiny back road routes!
    Your pics are lovely ...as always!

  5. Sounds like you guys had some pretty amazing adventures despite the weather :)
    I really long for a bit of rain...this heat wave is beyond ridiculous now!
    Hope your home wasn't damaged in the floods.


  6. I've always wondered about those baby swings. Which way is the baby supposed to go?! Is your daughter in backwards?

    Pictures are gorgeous. We are heading over that way later in the year.

  7. Loved 'following' you on your holiday. Great photos and sometimes it's better if your getaway isn't too planned as you're free to put in an extra night or change plans and visit somewhere that wasn't originally in the itinerary.

  8. Beautiful photos. Your getaway looks like it was just perfect!!

  9. Gorgeous scenery and great dam shots. You were amazingly lucky to miss all the flooding and love your adventurous spirit to just go roaming with three kids. melx

  10. It sounds very much like the drive around Hanno and I just did - country roads, small towns and slowness. We did similar when our kids were little. Your trip looks very interesting and a lot of fun. It's a great thing to do with the kids. I'm pleased you didn't get trapped in the floods.

  11. Just catching up on your posts. I had to leave a comment to say the towns of Healesville & Warburton are close to where I live. My husband & I often go for a short drive to Warburton to walk along the river (and cross by the bridge) to wlak the other side, then have a coffee. Healesville has become a very popular place to visit for lunch/brunch, use it to be a sleepy kind of town.
    PS. in regards to cutting out sugar, something I have tried is to have a breakfast that has more protein eg. eggs or sardines on toast. This is said to help those sugar cravings later in the day, it seems to be working for me.


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