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Ageing Traveller Series

The Ageing Traveller series is written by Rose Howell, who has been traveling the world for over 40 years, beginning with New Zealand and then the ‘Hippy trail’ in the 70’s. Her travels have taken her to; Asia, Middle East, UK, Europe, Africa, South America, USA, Canada, China and the Pacific Islands. In total she has visited 67 countries plus all the states of Australia except Western Australia, and her goal is to make the century club. Her passion for travel is documented on her Facebook page.

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The Charming Mix in 2 weeks Part 2


Starting at the mighty River Murry then on to the Great Alpine Road and finishing with the Great Ocean Road

On the top of Mt Hotham Photo by Rose Howell
On the top of Mt Hotham
Photo by Rose Howell

Traveling on towards the coast we had to traverse the mountains. A winding road with long drops on the passenger side of course. A bit scary for me because many years ago I was on a bus high up in the Andes (South America) that went over the side. Lucky it rolled once and ended upside down. No one died and I don’t think anyone was seriously hurt but it has made me nervous when traveling on roads with sheer drops to the sides.
Anyway we made it safely to the top of Mt Hotham and saw small patches of snow.

Ron and Jasper on the top of Mt Hotham Photo by Rose Howell
Ron and Jasper on the top of Mt Hotham
Photo by Rose Howell

Quick stop for the loo and to take some photos before heading down to a small town on the river at Omeo.
We booked into a lovely caravan park on the river. An added bonus to the park was the permanent food van “Big red food van” that the owner of the park uses as a small licensed restaurant. Most nights you can order, fish and chips, hamburgers, and the best value pizzas I have had for a while. Lou the owner puts everything he has in stock onto the pizza and for $20 it is a bargain. It took us two days to eat it.

Food van at Omeo Photo by Rose Howell
Food van at Omeo
Photo by Rose Howell

Interesting onsite caravans at Omeo. Photo by Rose Howell
Interesting onsite caravans at Omeo
Photo by Rose Howell

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Our next stop was Stratford on the River Avon. What a quaint small town and another caravan park situated on the river. Not a lot to do but there was a good walking track along the river bank that Jasper loved.

Stratford on River Avon Caravan Park Photo by Rose Howell
Stratford on River Avon Caravan Park
Photo by Rose Howell

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Sorrento Ferry, Wikipedia

Sorrento Ferry. Photo source Wikipedia

We made a decision to carry on direct to the Great Ocean Road via Mornington Peninsula (Sorrento). This meant we didn’t have to go through Melbourne.
From Sorrento we caught the ferry to Queenscliff. The crossing was smooth and the ferry quite modern. We were allowed to have Jasper on deck but not inside. In the lounge you could get a variety of food and beverages. The crossing was only 45 minutes. No dramas driving on and off with the van.

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We couldn’t believe that not even a half hour after driving off the ferry the weather turned for the worse. Overcast and rain.
We booked into a caravan park at Anglesea on the Great Ocean Road. The most expensive and largest park we have stayed in. Because of Jasper the site we had was down the back of the park in a not so nice spot. The park is on the river and beach and was a nice spot. The beach was nice and there seemed to be a lot to do there. BUT the weather was turning worse and by the night we had a thunder storm that kept on through the night.

Beach at Anglesea Photo by Rose Howell
Beach at Anglesea
Photo by Rose Howell

On we travelled the next morning to somewhere drier. But the weather just got worse and we couldn’t see anything because of the fog and rain. Lucky we have travelled this route a few times and have seen the sites on beautiful clear days. We kept going because we found some of the parks we would have liked to stay in, wouldn’t take dogs.

So we ended up in Warrnambool. Lovely caravan park Surfside Holiday Park on the beach and a good price. So we decided to stay 2 nights. There is a lot to do there with some great walking paths along the foreshore. Beautiful parks, great food etc. I had the best steak at the RSL for just over $20.

Beach at Warrnambool Photo by Rose Howell
Beach at Warrnambool
Photo by Rose Howell

Not far from Warrnambool, nestled in the crater of a dormant volcano lies Tower Hill, a haven for wildlife, a fascinating ecological site and a showcase of local culture.
Evidently it was declared Victoria’s first National Park in 1892. A revegetation project began in the 1960’s because farming and quarrying had almost destroyed it. As the vegetation returned so did the wildlife. It was great we stumbled upon this lovely park.

Ron with emus at Tower Hill near Warrnambool Photo by Rose Howell
Ron with emus at Tower Hill near Warrnambool
Photo by Rose Howell

The day we left Warrnambool, it was sunny and warm. A leisurely drive to our next and last destination before home was Robe in the South East of South Australia.
I am in heaven. Pity we can only stay one night as it is such a beautiful spot overlooking the beach and the colour of the water is aqua blue. Sand is white as white. A short 5 minute walk to the main street and the quaintest shops. I could stay for at least a week or two. We will definitely be coming back.
A quick look around the area before heading back to Adelaide.

Robe Caravan Park Photo by Rose Howell
Robe Caravan Park
Photo by Rose Howell


Robe local beach Photo by Rose Howell
Local beach
Photo by Rose Howell


Robe Hotel Photo by Rose Howell
Robe Hotel
Photo by Rose Howell

We drove home stopping at Lake Albert, Kingston and a lovely drive through the Coorong.

What a wonderful two weeks away in the van. I can definitely recommend this trip. If you don’t have a van then think about staying in motels, cabins, hotels or airbnb’s.
If you are overseas and thinking of visiting Australia then you may consider renting a motorhome or car. A great way to see this country.

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Rose Howell Biography

Rose has been traveling the world for over 40 years, beginning with New Zealand and then the ‘Hippy trail’ in the 70’s. Her travels have taken her to; Asia, Middle East, UK, Europe, Africa, South America, USA, Canada, China and the Pacific Islands. In total she has visited 67 countries plus all the states of Australia except Western Australia, and her goal is to make the century club.
She has taken all kinds of transport and accommodation from budget to luxury. She has travelled through war zones, survived a bus accident in the Andes and visited areas that are no longer available to tourists, such as the Khyber Pass and Bamiyan Statues in Afghanistan.

Rose wants to inspire others to travel and offers free advice to all travellers in particular those who are embarking on their first travel experience. She has a passion for travel and since retiring from an Adult teaching position with TafeSA, has recently resumed clocking up kilometres interstate and overseas.
Her daughters have inherited the travel bug from their parents. The eldest daughter is a travel journalist/documentary maker based in a beautiful area called ‘Byron Bay’ in New South Wales and with her husband, has two globetrotting toddlers who at the age of 5 and 2 also love to travel. Her youngest daughter and fiancé have recently returned from 2 years working and traveling in the UK and Europe. They have only been home a couple of months and are already getting restless. Oh the travel bug!!!!

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