Snow is forecast overnight with a temperature of 2 degrees. Intermittent wind gusts rock the van, so we’ve rolled up the awning, which means that we have to dash through rain and mud to the amenities block. But hey, we’re off and away – nomads seeking the sun and today reaching Halls Gap in the Grampians, west of Melbourne. Kangaroos leapt in front as I splashed to the loo: I guess they were fleeing the exposed lawn to the shelter of the gums.
When we stopped by the roadside at the edge of a forest, we realised that we’d finally left the city (and home) behind. Chocolate brownies were the last home-baked goodies we’ll enjoy for a while.
Halls Gap is a township that punches above its weight in amenities, boasting a pharmacy, restaurants and cafés, an outdoor supplies store. This is possibly because at other times of the year it is a Mecca for walkers and holiday-makers. Now it is quiet but we are snug
We have packed for all seasons – the last photo shows my gear – laid out at home a couple of days ago: boots, thongs, warm hat, sun hat, waterproof trousers and bathers, thermal underwear. Turn the pic sideways as I didn’t rotate it. Follow us as we go to Lake Eyre and Kakadu and see which items we need on the way…..