Day 1/Trip 2018 (19th May 2018)

Melbourne-Digger’s Rest-Bacchus Marsh-Buninyong-Dunkeld-Hamilton-Mount Gambier (440kms)

After a frantic few hours(!) packing, and some last minute shopping at Northland (joy!), we hit the road. The late start meant a change of plans, and we headed to Mount Gambier, South Australia. A “driving” day with brief stops for coffee and lunch. Sad to observe the memorials and memorial avenues of trees (Bacchus Marsh) to the fine soldiers slaughtered in senseless world wars. Enjoyed driving the Imp as did Pete. Jack saw his first kangaroo. Glamped in cabin, and Jack prepared excellent spaghetti carbonara.

The day as it unfolded:

And so it begins. Devastated at the lack of journalists and paparazzi due to a certain wedding, but the show goes on. With Peter Harper, Jack Harper and Robert Harper in support.

The actual start of the trip. Thanks to Rob and Pete for your support and encouragement.

A day of Firsts; first lunch stop at 1500(!) near Buninyong, a delightful wee town south of Ballarat.

Obviously, we sang “In South Australia” as we crossed the border from Victoria.

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