We arrived in Wagga Wagga in heat (and nope I don't mean that kind of heat - I mean the weather type kind of heat), which I believe we were gradually gaining tolerance to. We stopped by at the RAAF base and had a look at the aircraft on display there before we headed to downtown Wagga. And if I didn't come out of the car, I wouldn't have learnt that one of these airplanes (A84-235 English Electric Canberra) was used for photographing cities during WWII and get this, the Canberra had been fitted in with the reconnaissance cameras I mentioned in my Canberra post. Eerie.
|The English Electric Canberra - RAAF base Wagga Wagga|
So what was in Wagga? Well the main reason for going on this road trip was to attend my graduation at Charles Sturt University. I'm proud to say that I have gained the qualification of Master of Information Studies.
|Getting properly dressed for the ceremony - CSU Wagga Wagga|
We camped at Wagga Wagga Beach Caravan Park. The camping site was quite ordinary (don't be fooled by its pretty website) as it was near a public car park bordered only by a high fence. They could have planted pittosporum all around it to give the camping ground some privacy and greenery. Also, the camp kitchen was very basic and could have been spruced up. Nevertheless, I got used to the whole place. Alas, I have no photos to show for its ordinariness.
13-14 December ~ Lake Eildon
Wind, storm and rain are what I remembered as we arrived at Lake Eildon National Park. There were two camping sites to choose from and the parks recommend that people book online to choose their sites. We were glad that we didn't because the place didn't look properly maintained - rubbish not collected and the toilets/showers were dirty.
So we headed down to the town of Eildon where we could find 'proper' accommodation. We found Blue Gums Holiday Park and despite the rain we camped there overnight. We could have stayed at one of the cabins but our budget only catered for the bunkhouse cabins and they were quite ordinary - just a room with a bunkbed. Our tent was much more cozier and nicer. The camp kitchen was beautiful and spacious!
We met a group of young Germans (all male) at the camp site. They were so cute and friendly, I swear they could have been members of One Direction. They were on a working holiday installing eco-friendly powerboards to houses. They gave us one for free.
|Free gift - Eildon, Victoria|
14-15 December ~ Upper Yarra Reserve
Have you ever met male idiots that think and act as if the places they go to are the extensions of the pubs and bars they frequent? Well we have at this campsite! The noise didn't stop until 2am and what was worse and sad about it was that their teenage children (all male) were following suit and doing exactly the same! There were other campers and I am sure that they did not sleep well either - except for Reuben of course. He slept like a log! Apart from that it was a pretty place and if it wasn't raining we could have explored it a bit more.
|Our tent - Upper Yarra Reserve, Victoria|
15 December ~ Melbourne
Last time to visit my sister and her family before we caught the ferry for the night sail. Reuben enjoyed playing with his cousins Ruby and JJ.
|My sister & nieces - Melbourne, Victoria|
So that was the end of our road trip. I wasn't ready to come home yet, which meant that I was enjoying our time away. The most enjoyable part was seeing my parents and sister again. I think Reuben enjoyed the variety of our daily activities. He didn't really care where we went and what we did each day. He only chucked a psycho when he got tired. And he was absolute gold when he was in the car. Tenting was never my cup of tea and I have made known to Marky Mark that a caravan is a must on our next road trip. *Fingers crossed*
I would rate this holiday 7.95 out of 10.