Tasmania day 1 – Sydney to Albury/Wodonga

Well almost…

Ready to leave

So the day  has finally arrived and we are good to go. Whist the kids were at a party we finished packing ready for an early start.  Until we woke up and found the stuff we had left the night before still took an hour to pack.

After a quick run up the Hume we met up with another Prado owner just outside Bargo. We chanced a coffee in the Maccas, but being the first day of the NSW school holidays meant it was feral. Still I don’t mind macca’s coffee and its a chance for the kiddies to stretch their legs.

Taking advantage of the fact the kids were asleep after their stop at Maccas we bailed down the road towards tonight’s  stop somewhwere in Albury. We avoided the idiots on the road as best we could, like the ones who pullout from side roads in front of a loaded 4WD and caravan at 100km/h. Or the ones who hold the steering wheel with their legs and do their hair.

The Hume highway is now an easy 2 lane most of the way and we were soon stoppinng for lunch at Gundagai to check out the Dog on the Tucker box. This is a monument to the pioneer spirit and is based on  the adventures of a bullock driver who got bogged 9 miles from Gundagai. Several poems have been written about it, but I prefer Bowyang Yorke’s version:

“As I was coming down Conroy’s Gap,
I heard a maiden cry;
‘There goes Bill the Bullocky,
He’s bound for Gundagai.
A better poor old beggar
Never earnt an honest crust,
A better poor old beggar
Never drug a whip through dust.’
His team got bogged at the nine mile creek,
Bill lashed and swore and cried;
‘If Nobby don’t get me out of this,
I’ll tattoo his bloody hide.’
But Nobby strained and broke the yoke,
And poked out the leader’s eye;
Then the dog s(h)at on the Tucker Box”
– Bowyang Yorke


The rest of the trip was pretty uneventful and we made it to our first stop over; The Great Aussie Holiday Park at Bowna, just before Albury. The park has a water park, a great camp kitchen, with big open fire, and a movie room. The kids were in heaven.

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