Today it was time to pack up the camper trailer for the last time and begin the big slog home. According to Google Maps, the drive time between Lake Lyell and home was close to 9 hours non stop. We still had a day up our sleeves before Jamie went back to work so we decided to split the drive over night and treat us all to a cabin in Gundagai, roughly half way.
We headed back to Bathurst, and from there turned south. The roads mainly took us through farming land with the odd town scattered here and there. The biggest town was Young, though it looked like it had been there a while. A surprisingly large town in the middle of nowhere, we stopped in for a loo stop at the train station, come tourist info centre.
With a lot of ground to cover, there wasn’t any time to stop for photo opportunities so I entertained myself with taking shots out of the windows.
Finally, we turned off the back roads and joined the Hume Freeway. This road will take us pretty much all the way back home tomorrow.
Gundagai is a famous town in Australian folklore and features in a story and in a song. Below is a link to the song.
Before arriving at Gundagai, we stopped off at a famous landmark which immortalises the story – a statue monument to a comical Australian story which you can read on the plaque below..
THE DOG ON THE TUCKERBOX
There were quite a few people stopping off taking photos, as well as a couple of dogs getting “selfies” in front of the statue. I must say they were mych better at posing for the camera than our Oscar.
By this time it was after 4pm so we high tailed it into town to see if we could find a bed for the night. We struck it lucky at Gundagai Cabins and Tourist Park. Relative luxury to the past 8 nights, with indoor heating, clean sheets, electric blankets and a hot shower.
Another luxury tonight – we walked down to a local club for dinner.
Chillin out now, relaxing in the cabin with a glass of red and typing away. Tomorrow we will complete our circuit of well over 2,000 kms and return home – time to plan the next trip!