Day 3 Wednesday 2/2/22 Castlemaine to Maryborough, sunny breezy 21
It’s a cool morning. Woody discovers that he’s left the solar panels at home. The caravan has two batteries so we’ll just have to use our power a little smarter when we free camp. We all empty our toilets at the dump point (oh the joy of caravan toilets) and head off. Elle is in charge of navigation today and off we go up hill and down, round and round through the residential streets of Castlemaine. On the radio, we all hang it on Elle for the crazy directions and wonder where she is taking us. We arrive at the little town of Newstead but find that the free camp at the race course is a bit too far out of town to be ideal as it’s not worthwhile unhooking our cars for an overnighter. Added to that it is a windy spot. Though I must say that there are lovely views of sheep paddocks and good amenities.
The cold persistent wind sends us on our way to Maryborough and grassy more sheltered sites beside the lake at the Maryborough caravan park. It’s a one kilometre walk around the lake and into town and while we’re there Woody dashes into a barber for a quick haircut (one grabs a haircut when one can in this caper). The whole town is looking busy and vibrant and the best we’ve seen it in a long time. There are many young families about, which is always a good sign. The Bull and Mouth Hotel which was looking tattered a few years ago has had a serious amount of money spent on it and now offers quality accommodation. The local grandstand in Princes Park which hosts the annual Highland Festival is well, nothing short of grand. The Maryborough Highland Gathering & Maryborough Gift has been held annually since 1857 and is Australia’s longest running sporting event.
We have an impromptu spaghetti dinner in the Camp Kitchen and meet a young family from Queensland who are waiting to move into their new Maryborough home.