Thursday 12th March - Dunkeld to Mount Gambier21.7 last night and 34.3 today. Time to head to South Australia. Happy 15th wedding anniversary to us. It's about a two hour drive today. This park has a departure time of 11am, so we plan to leave then and be in time for lunch in Mount Gambier. All was going to plan until I hear Clive talking outside. Seems a guy further along has come to talk to him about the satellite dish. They can't get proper reception either and his wife likes her TV. Unhappy wife, means - well you get the idea. So Clive explains all about it to him and then gets the decoder unit and digital satellite finder to show him too. Looks like he will be getting a satellite dish. We finally get to leave around 11.40am. It was a good drive on minor highways and I took a few photos along the way, especially in Casterton. Casterton is know as the Birthplace of the Kelpie. In 1184 a rail link to Branxholme was established and the railway station building was the first of the 'Casterton' style of architecture. This was the prototype for all other Victorian railway buildings. Rail services to Casterton ceased in 1976. The station building now houses the Casterton Historical Society museum collection. About 10km in from the border is a Quarantine Bin, so we stopped here and Clive emptied out all the fruit and vegetables that we had in the van. Luckily there was not a lot, but there was a half a packet of grapes that we had recently bought that went too. Onwards past state forests of pine and eucalypts. It was a warm 33 outside and there was a hint of heat in the breeze. Lovely rolling countryside and we rolled into the Mount Gambier Showgrounds around 1.15pm. The clock in the car automatically changed when we crossed the border, so we gained half an hour. The Showgrounds look good. Nice spacious sites and a modern clean amenities block. We're here for four nights.
Wednesday 11th March - DunkeldWeather update - 11.4 last night and a warm 31.4 during the day. Still this is Victoria and we can have four seasons in a day. So the air conditioning was on in the van today, for the first time ages. A par for the course when we were at Michael's as it was so hot and humid. The people in the van behind us left, so we grabbed the fixed antenna cable. Now we can watch TV at the correct time, as against the satellite which is still set to Queensland time. All Clive has to do is to phone them up and get the state changed, but no. Not to worry as we leave Victoria Tomorrow.