Sleepless In Melbourne

Submitted: Saturday, Apr 08, 2006 at 19:16
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Hi Folks,

Well its desperation time! (grin) Due to the late arrival of may camper trailer from the canvas place (was getting it re canvased) I was unable to confirm my plans for our easter break.. so now my first two caravan park choices are fully booked... So I need to find somewhere say within 3 hours of melbournes outer east where we can camp and take the dog along too....

Suggestions welcome

john
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Reply By: Mike Harding - Saturday, Apr 08, 2006 at 19:29

Saturday, Apr 08, 2006 at 19:29
As I recall you don't have a 4WD?

There are a few bush camp sites along Freestone Creek Road (head north from Stratford). There are some on the Jameison to Woods Point Rd. There is a caravan park on the road which heads through Neerim South (about 10km south?). You could make the Murray around Swan Hill in four hours, lots of places around there you could get a 2WD and CT into. To be honest: I wouldn't go anywhere a 2WD could get to at Easter and I'd only go places most 4WDers wouldn't go either but that's just me - I'm a bit of an anti social bastard :)

Mike Harding
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Follow Up By: Atropos - Saturday, Apr 08, 2006 at 19:34

Saturday, Apr 08, 2006 at 19:34
Hi Mike

Yep swan hill could be on the cards perhaps, going inland is perhaps more hopefull than costal at this time of the year
And yes we have a 1985 Tarago and a cub-o-matic camper trailer of the same vintage so no FWD tracks for us (sigh)

And I know you not really that unsociable :-)

cheers
john
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Follow Up By: Mike Harding - Saturday, Apr 08, 2006 at 19:42

Saturday, Apr 08, 2006 at 19:42
>And I know you not really that unsociable :-)

Bah Humbug! :)

Drop me your e-mail address and I'll give you the details of a couple of places around the Swan Hill area which you could get a 2WD into but they are bush sites so no clean water (don't drink Murray water!) or toilets but very nice spots to camp.

Have a look for a copy of the book "Camping in Australia" by Cathy Savage and Craig Lewis, I think you would find a lot of useful info in it.

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Reply By: Shaker - Saturday, Apr 08, 2006 at 19:35

Saturday, Apr 08, 2006 at 19:35
There are several camping sites accessible by 2wd along the Lower Dargo Road on the Dargo River, bit more than 3 hours though.

Or you could try Huggets Crossing on the Avon River about 30kms from Heyfield.
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Reply By: On Patrol - Saturday, Apr 08, 2006 at 20:27

Saturday, Apr 08, 2006 at 20:27
Hi sleepless
you could try. www.bestfriend.net.au/
Not basic camping but your hound will love it.
On Patrol.

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Follow Up By: Atropos - Saturday, Apr 08, 2006 at 20:29

Saturday, Apr 08, 2006 at 20:29
That was my 1st choice... its fully booked... Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr

john
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Follow Up By: On Patrol - Saturday, Apr 08, 2006 at 20:31

Saturday, Apr 08, 2006 at 20:31
What a pity!!! what a Fab place, my dog didnt want to leave.
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Follow Up By: Atropos - Saturday, Apr 08, 2006 at 20:33

Saturday, Apr 08, 2006 at 20:33
Agreed! Was there over Christmas and New year....!

john
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Follow Up By: On Patrol - Saturday, Apr 08, 2006 at 20:38

Saturday, Apr 08, 2006 at 20:38
Try these links mate

www.doggyholiday.com/

www.k9.bounceme.net/

Have a look at these two sites. Good info on both.

Wooof.
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Follow Up By: Mike Harding - Saturday, Apr 08, 2006 at 20:44

Saturday, Apr 08, 2006 at 20:44
I miss my little dog, lots :(
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Follow Up By: Atropos - Saturday, Apr 08, 2006 at 20:58

Saturday, Apr 08, 2006 at 20:58
The thing about bestfriend is the people, Ralph and Coralie are the best! Some people deserve to thrive in the tourist industry and I'm glad their site is fully booked, just a pity I was too late... I could not book because the camper was 3 weeks later than expected and I did not want to book and have to cancel...

I could not even get a booking at my 2nd choice at Kilcunda not even a non-powered patch of grass, but she did put me on the waiting list if they get a cancellation, I like Kilcunda just like to sit and watch the sea and read a good book.. and wander over to the pub from time to time.

john

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Follow Up By: On Patrol - Saturday, Apr 08, 2006 at 21:43

Saturday, Apr 08, 2006 at 21:43
Mike,
When people say "It was only a dog, why are you so upset" those people just dont get it mate. I miss all my dogs (5 over the years) very much. I tend to get straight back on the bike, so to speak. I dont compare dogs, they are all unique and lovable.

John, you are so right about Ralph & Coralie.

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Follow Up By: Bros 1 - Sunday, Apr 09, 2006 at 07:16

Sunday, Apr 09, 2006 at 07:16
Guys,
The good thing about dogs is the fact that if you treat them right they will never, ever let you down. Even lay down their life for you. Sadly the same thing can't be said for some people. IMHO.
Cheers,
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Reply By: Member - Doug T (QLD) - Sunday, Apr 09, 2006 at 07:14

Sunday, Apr 09, 2006 at 07:14
3 hours from Melbourne !!!!! That's about the whole state, lol yse to travel from from the port to Wagga in 4 1/2 hours with a full tanker of fuel [long time ago] I reackon you should be right at only an hour out John,Lets say a 100k out front about Punt Rd is Moe so you should find a few little places in there with nice quiet parks, "let your fingers do the walking"
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Follow Up By: Bonz (Vic) - Sunday, Apr 09, 2006 at 07:40

Sunday, Apr 09, 2006 at 07:40
umm I think you forget the NW of our gr8 st8 hehehe
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Follow Up By: Member - Doug T (QLD) - Sunday, Apr 09, 2006 at 07:46

Sunday, Apr 09, 2006 at 07:46
Naaaa Bonz ...he only wanted a place in Victoria !! not SA or NSW ....................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................OUCCCHHHH
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Follow Up By: Bonz (Vic) - Sunday, Apr 09, 2006 at 07:52

Sunday, Apr 09, 2006 at 07:52
yer I know, He just wouldnt compromise on quality eh?
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