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Stuart "StuDog" is one of the Directors of Wholesale Automatics. He has worked in the automatic transmission industry for over 30 years. With a flare for slipping into the test drivers seat, he handles the diagnostics for many of our customers that are experiencing problems. He is also instrumental in the mechanical side of the various conversions projects that we complete.
A Week Away with StuDog
I’m going to revisit a trip my wife and I did a few years ago that involved circumnavigation of Victoria of such and something we pretty much made up as we went.
Initially we just headed North with no fixed destination apart from intending to camp somewhere on the Murray River. Somewhere up between Echuca and Swan Hill we found plenty of secluded and shaded Riverside spots thanks to the trusty Wiki Camps App. We spent the next few days exploring the River country and headed west towards Mildura camping on the Murray as we went.
Reaching Mildura, we headed North to Chowilla Reserve. This is a remote area that embraces the VIC, SA, NSW border. There are some camp areas and ruins but little in the way of facilities, a fascinating area that you would probably only visit once. It was on the map, we hadn’t been there, so decided to check it out because we had time; always make the time. The Murray River certainly takes on a whole new personality in this remote part of the country, the river beaches give way to huge cliff faces that the river has carved over the centuries and the many river towns are fascinating and full of history with ferry crossings scattered amongst all the townships.
I’ve since had it repaired properly and has been no issue since.
Somewhere along this track we were driving with a mob of, I’d reckon, close to 50 kangaroos and not paying enough attention I managed to get the car 4 wheels airborne over a washout. This proved a good test for the chassis repair and passed with flying colours so consequently the constant checking on the repair subsided and we moved onto the main National Park road.
We continued south through Big Desert and Little Desert checking out some of the sights on the way and had a look at the camp sites on offer that appeared well maintained and organised.
Leaving the desert country, we headed further west to Robe over the border into SA. Robe is a very pretty little beachside town that offers plenty of 4wding on the beach, something that can’t be done in Victoria these days. It is important to check with the authorities about what’s safe, tide times and beach conditions. Be aware some of the conditions can be very dangerous for the unprepared.
We spent a few days exploring the area heading south through Beachport and Southend, both these towns are seasonal holiday spots with very little in the way of shops or facilities and are really sleepy little fishing villages and I think the locals hope things stay that way. Next stop was Mount Gambier and its Big Blue Lake and over the border then back home to Melbourne.
If you’re now considering such a trip then I’ve achieved what I set out to achieve when I started writing, if you’ve already done it then I hope you encourage others to do the same.
Remember, a destination is only an excuse for a journey.
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