- April Blog - 


Friday 29th April 2016

Spent some time in Manly today. Matt, being a Sea Eagles supporter wanted to get some time in on the sacred ground before heading up the coast.

Matt: Of course.


Monday 25th April 2016

Anzac Day!  Spending this day in our hometown Newcastle with family. Also, have just started reading "The Anzacs" by Patsy Adam-Smith - a classic account of Australia's involvement in the First World War.


Thursday 21st April 2016

So today we got to do something a little different, after checking out the website UCamp, we organized to stay on one of the available camping sites at Dooralong. A lovely little farmhouse close to Westfield Tuggerah and the freeway, but far enough away to feel like a genuine retreat! Ducks, chickens, a lovely pond and a great grassy area with a camp fire! What a pleasant side trip!


Wednesday 20th April 2016

A little beauty of a camp site last night, trying out our new swag! Crosslands Reserve at Berowra Valley National Park, near Galston Gorge. A lovely little place!


Tuesday 19th April 2016

A bit of fun today! Questacon – The National Science and Technology Centre, with all the school holidaying kids, and my own big kid Matt!

Matt: What about the spider exhibition. That was cool. However your reactions suggested otherwise.


Monday 18th April 2016

Visiting another state today – ACT! Staying at the showground as our base, we checked out the National Museum, enjoyed dinner at The Civic Pub, then took in the city lights from Telstra Tower on Black Mountain, just beautiful!


Saturday 16th April 2016

Exploring Jindy, with a great drive up to Charlotte Pass and Perisher Valley, still no snow, but it’s fantastic to see places like this in different seasons to really appreciate them.

Matt: That Llama..

Amanda: It was an Alpaca



Snow Gum, Charloette Pass.

Snow Gum, Charlotte Pass.

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Llama, Jindabyne.

Alpaca, Jindabyne.


Friday 15th April 2016

Moving around to the other side of the Snowy Mountain range today, heading to Jindabyne.


Wednesday 13th April 2016

Thredbo! No snow, but the 13km return Summit Walk was just awesome. Read more about our visit to this area in the coming weeks! Matt overcame his fear of heights for the chairlift!

Matt: My feet hurt....


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On Top of Australia!

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Tuesday 12th April 2016

4WD Day! Our Prado got his tyres wet with two river crossings, and some fun driving through the fantastic scenery that make up the tracks in Mount Kosciuszko National Park.


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Monday 11th April 2016

Our campsite of choice in Mount Kosciuszko National Park is Geehi Hut Rest Area, along the Alpine Way. What a beautiful place to be! Visit to the Snowy Hydro Murray 1 Visitor Centre, which is a really fascinating insight into the construction of one of Australia's largest infrastructure projects.


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Sunday 10th April 2016

Moved on towards the Snowy Mountains today. Stopping for the night in Khancoban before hitting the National Park for some off-the-grid camping!


Friday 8th April 2016

Tallangatta is a fantastic spot, right near the Hume Dam. There is a brilliant Rail Trail that follows the dam all the way back to Wodonga. We pulled out the bikes and rode some of this today, the scenery is magnificent! Another treat today was the Bonegilla Migrant Experience, you can read more about this in the coming months. First camp fire tonight for the trip, it’s getting chilly!

Matt: What about all those messages in the Quiet Room. Awesome.



Bongilla Migrant Camp

Bongilla Migrant Camp.

Bongilla Migrant Camp

Bongilla Migrant Camp.


Thursday 7th April 2016

Today we spent a lovely day in the town of Albury, right on the border of NSW and Victoria. This little town has a great history and plenty of shopping. If you go into the Information Centre you can get a map for a self guided walking tour of the town – it really is great when these are on offer, they are always worth the effort to see more of a charming town such as this and learn more about the history and important sights. Of course, I was keen to get to Albury to see their new fixture, the Murray Art Museum Albury (MAMA), and enjoy their current Marilyn Monroe exhibition! Love all things Marilyn, so this was a real treat. The Albury Library Museum is also a gem, they have some great art exhibitions, and is well worth the visit.


Wednesday 6th April 2016

Huge day today! Still heading towards Albury Wodonga, stopped in at Benalla for some ceramic mural fun, then over to Shepparton. Then of course when in the area, a visit to Glenrowan for some Ned Kelly time is a must. This is a lovely little historic village, where we checked out the museum, and also did their great historic walk around the town. Although we had intended to stay in Wodonga, due to unforeseen circumstances we ended up staying the night at Tallangatta showground, which turned out to be a bonus!


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Ceramic Mural, Benalla.

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Ned Kelly Memorial, Glenrowan.

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Tuesday 5th April 2016

Heading to Albury Wodonga. Stopped into Euroa, where we got the bikes out after lunch on the creek and rode around town. Checked out Seven Creeks Hotel and discovered that the picturesque little town has a great Bike Trail, which is a great way to explore the history and highlights.


NE Victoria Apr 01 Seven Creeks Hotel




Saturday 2nd April 2016

Happy Birthday Matt! Celebrated in style at St Kilda, dinner at Phamish, then another Melbourne International Comedy Festival treat – Arj Barker at the Palais Theatre! Finished the night with a laugh in Luna Park, and cake and hot chocolates on The Esplanade!


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