Thoughts on Location No 19
We had six days in Melbourne and during that time there was a thousand things we could have done, but we only had three goals:
- See our daughters who live in Melbourne;
- Visit our caravan manufacturer; and
- Catch the Spirit of Tasmania to Tasmania.
Goal No 2 was the first thing we did, spending a few hours with our caravan manufacturer having a few (little) problem fixed. I’d been in touch and made arrangements earlier regarding when we would arrive and even though they knew we were coming, we were still impressed with how efficiently they went about their job, fixing all the identified problems.
Goal No 1 was the main reason for spending time in Melbourne and we were blessed to not only spend a huge amount of time with our two daughters who live there, but our daughter who lives in Brisbane flew down for the weekend and we got to spend precious time with her also.
Anything else that happened in Melbourne is negligible. We didn’t go to the theatre, we didn’t travel on either a train or a tram, we didn’t go into the city, we didn’t go to a gallery.
I could go on about what we didn’t do, but that would just be boring. We did exactly as we planned to do, and honestly, not much else. Except for spending way too much time in traffic.
We stayed at the Melbourne Big4 Holiday Park in Coburg, only 15 kilometres (9.3 miles) north of where our daughters live in Richmond. Those 15 kilometres though may have been one thousand and fifteen kilometres as each trip we made from where we were to where they were seemed to take an eternity.
The Melbourne Big4 Holiday Park was nice enough, busy, and although in close proximity to two major roadways, we found it rather quiet. We had an ensuite site (that’s a site that has its own private bathroom), and even though our mini home has its own ensuite, sometimes we have to pay the extra money because “I’m sorry, we don’t have any other site that you’ll fit onto!”
I didn’t think our mini home was that large, we’ve certainly seen some caravans that rival the Taj Mahal. Personally I think park staff over-estimate the amount of room we need and that just ends up costing us more money.
We had spent one night at a park in Wantirna, but only because I thought our caravan manufacturer was at Camberwell, just a short trip from Wantirna. At the last-minute I discovered I had confused Camberwell with Campbellfield – not hard to do considering – but not only is Campbellfield more than three times the expected distance from Wantirna, I almost had a full blow melt down over driving through the morning peak hour traffic towing our mini home.
AND … I wasn’t driving, Dean was.
As for Goal No 3 listed above, we boarded the Spirit of Tasmania on Sunday night for the nine-hour trip across Bass Strait and arrived in Tasmania at 6:00 am on Monday morning.
More about that in my next update.