Day 1 - We're Off! (finally)

Sunday, Sep 29, 2013 at 12:57

Member - LG__ (WA)

A few delays turned my September holiday into an October holiday... but we finally hit the highway :)
First stop - Wagin in the wheatbelt.

As usual when we go camping - it starts bucketing down with rain! We arrived in Wagin just as the first drops began falling.
We visited the park where the Big Ram sits atop a pergola, luckily before the toilet doors were due to close at 4pm. The bottom of the door on the ladies toilets is level with the top of your knees when seated on the loo... hope you're not shy! :D There is a nice little walking path around the park with some nice areas to sit and take in the scenery (when it's not raining). In order to get the 'Wagin' sign with the Ram it is necessary to walk up to the garden bed to the right of the Ram when you are facing it.

We found the caravan park and discover it is not permanently staffed.
Luckily a lovely lady was there tidying up the ablutions block.

We asked about pitching the tent and parking the car on the grassed area in the middle where the washing lines are, as by now the rain was coming down heavy and there were big puddles everywhere amongst the bitumen caravan bays.

With permission granted, we did a quick set up of the Oztent RV4 and its sidewalls which gave us a dry cosy spot to sit and relax while coffee brewed on the gas stove.

The amenities include a washing machine (2x $1 coins) and dryer (free) as well as the Hills Hoists. There is also a pergola and gas BBQ. At $20 for the night for a patch of grass to pitch the tent on we thought it was good value. We didn't have any mud to worry about the next morning and a few soggy towels were the price we paid for packing away a still damp tent.

There appear to be plans to extend the parking for caravans as I saw new areas of gravel instead of bitumen. Not sure if they will eventually have power as well or if the plan is to offer unpowered sites since so many these days travel with solar panels and deep cycle batteries. This extra area is badly needed in my opinion as currently what appear to be semi-permanent caravans park across two bays so there is little room for newcomers.

That evening we visited the Palace Hotel (Thirsty Camel) and had a wonderful pumpkin soup and seafood basket. Friendly staff and pleasant atmosphere. Strolling back to the car and we discover an IGA supermarket that was still open until 7pm.

Next day... we visited Lake Dumbleyung and Lake Grace on the way to Lake King

Life IS Good! No matter how much manure you have to deal with - it's all just fertiliser ;)
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