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Melbourne to Toora

Spending time at WIlson's Prom

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22 April 2018

TIme to move on but not before breakfast. If you sense a theme here - you're not just a pretty face.

Early Sunday morning and Melbourne has not woken up yet. I found a 24 hour Greek Restaurant just a five minute walk from our hotel. Definitely brought back memories of late nights in Rochester - except this is the "senior" version - 0800 instead of 0230!! (Sorry Nan...no pics)

Breakfast at Stalactites was really good. Breakfast souvlaki - eggs, bacon, lettuce, tomato, feta wrapped in probably the best pita I've ever had. Great way to start the day.

I tried to use my Uber app to call for a cab but having some type of issue...so... if all else fails - flag down a cab. This trip was MUCH less expensive than our trip in - no traffic at all ($35).

We arrived at the Apollo/Cheapo/Hippie RV rental center, ready to head out with a campervan. The rental agent logged us in and really looked surprised and told us we'd been upgraded to a larger RV.

Note: if you're interested in renting a campervan/rv - check out the different companies. They all usually have a graded system depending on the age of the vehicle. (ie: Apollo (newest) - 1 step older is Cheapo and next level is Hippie. Also as in any vehicle - price depends on the size of the vehicle).

Contrary to popular belief - we do work on somewhat of a budget. I knew what I wanted to pay for the 6 weeks and I also knew that one with a bathroom was out of my budget...but...we stay in caravan parks and from previous experience they have all been very nice, so a campervan works for us.

No idea why we got upgraded but we did book last fall and we were a long term lease. We were upgraded to a Euro Tourer. It's an older model (maybe 7 years old with about 115000 miles on it) but it's set up with a small table area vs extra counter space (new models) - which means we can make the bed and not take it apart each night. That right there is a big plus. We do have a bathroom but we'll see how much we actually use it..more about that later.

....back to our pick up. Our Apollo agent took time with us, went over all the paperwork and out options. I was very pleased. He also went through the vehicle with us, got us extra sheets and towels and made sure the vehicle was ready to go. It's a little longer than a campervan but not as long as the RV we had in Alaska so...no worries....we're off.

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We thought we were getting the campervan on the left ....we got the one on the right :-)

First stop...grocery store. The two major grocery chains in AU are Coles and Woolworths. There was a Woolworths close by and after just one short wrong turn we made it there. In and out in about 30 minutes and we are off to Toora which is east of Melbourne not far from Wilson's Prom (Promentary).

A number of people had asked us if we were going to the Great Ocean Road. We considered it but it would have taken us west and then back east again. I'm sure it's lovely but we knew it would be crowded so we opted for the Wilson's Prom area, basically because we had never heard of it.

Booked an ensuite spot at the Toora Tourist Park ($45AU/$35USD) per night. This is where the bathroom explanation comes in. Originally having a campervan (no bathroom), it's a luxury to have our own bathroom and for an extra few dollars -we splurged.

The landscape on our drive from Melbourne towards Toora reminded me of the rolling hills towards the Keuka Lake area - very green with small towns.

At the caravan park, we were greeting by Sue (manager), a friendly woman who we found out shared our love of Bali. Our spot was close by with our "ensuite"within a few steps.

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The village of Toora consists of just a main street and a handful of streets running parallel. After our three hour drive, the short walk was welcomed. Toora is quiet...very quiet with only a small number of businesses - most only open on the weekends.

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Dinner in the RV tonight - a glass of wine and sleep came early and fast. Tomorrow - Wilson's Promontory!!!

Posted by pjburke 16:42 Archived in Australia

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Your blogs are my escape from reality! Thanks Patty and Jim! Keep on truckin’...I mean campin’ baby!

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