Yack Stone Bridge

Dec 2019, Yackandandah, Vic You’d have to be pretty cheesed off wouldn’t you? If you’d just spent a year or so building this fine bridge, another obstacle overcome in the 1000 or so kilometre road between Melbourne and Sydney, when someone higher up the pecking order decides to change the route to Chiltern. Chiltern for heaven’s sake! I wonder if a few pockets were greased in the process? The stone bridge was built in 1859 and 1860 when this was the Melbourne to Sydney road passing through the gold towns of Beechworth and Yackandandah. Upon completion it was decided that … Continue reading Yack Stone Bridge

Yackandandah Streetscape

Dec 2019, Yackandandah, Vic We recently spent a few restful days visiting a friend in Yackandandah, Vic. This delightful small town is one of those places that the world forgot for a time and thus now its commercial precinct is heritage listed. Residential streets are adorned with Victorian era cottages and rambling flower gardens. Nestled in a small valley crisscrossed with small burbling creeks it is usually busy with day trippers from the larger towns in North Eastern Victoria. We got lucky, the streets were quiet, the weather was warm, and the town was draped in a pre-Christmas hush. The … Continue reading Yackandandah Streetscape

Yay it’s Yea

Yea, Vic is a great little town at the crossroads of the Melba Highway and the Goulburn Valley Highway and for as long as I can remember (and that’s a long time) it’s always been far enough out of Melbourne for one to need a refreshment stop. There are three pubs, two bakeries and numerous cafes, wide streets and plenty of parking. So popular is Yea for that important stop that it even has two public toilet blocks. There’s room enough to park cars & caravans or cars & boats. Because this important junction town is close to Lake Eildon, … Continue reading Yay it’s Yea

Bypassing Melbourne via the B300

Recently we were camped beside an ex Melburnian who asked how we cross town these days and if we still use Sydney Road. Which reminded me of coming home tired from long weekends only to face a stop start crawl down Sydney Road, then through the heart of the city. Thank goodness we don’t have to do that with the caravan. With tollways and freeways it’s certainly much easier now to skirt the city or go under it. I must say that we still get excited about bypassing Sydney on the M7 and it will be even better when the … Continue reading Bypassing Melbourne via the B300

Fyansford Paper Mill

Nov 2019, Fyansford, Vic On a particularly wintry Melbourne day we packed a picnic and headed to Fyansford near Geelong. Being cold and dreary as well as midweek there wasn’t much happening but we did manage a bit of a poke about the old buildings and got a feel for what must have once been a vibrant industry and thriving community. Though I must admit our picnic lunch in a park shelter did get a few giggles from passing dog walkers.   Continue reading Fyansford Paper Mill