Victoria Valley drive, Grampians

Leaving our campsite near Dunkeld on a cool cloudy morning, we drove slowly down the road between two lines of mountains – or hills according to your definitions 🙂

The Victoria Valley Drive is one that is advised by the Dunkeld visitor centre to take.  From Dunkeld the roughly circular trip can take from a couple of hours to a whole day, depending on how much you are willing to stop to look at of course.

It’s a bitumen road, although not sufficiently wide for two vehicles to pass without leaving the bitumen.  The nice aspect was not having to deal with logging trucks 🙂  We mostly just puttered along at a quiet pace to absorb the peace of the area.

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This is a typical large shearing shed in Australia. 

Sheep and wool growing are the main farming interests along with some beef cattle.  It’s a high rainfall zone, and bear in mind these pics are taken in late February, the end of summer in Australia, so there’s still plenty of feed about.

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At a closer look, the emus grazing took my eye.

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The Grampians were formed about 424 Million years ago, give or take a few years either way…..    For more information read a report here on the geology of the area.

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Most time when I stopped to say hi to the sheep, they took off as soon as the vehicle stopped.  However, I have a special tool at my disposal…..

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….. and most times it works well 🙂

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Not quite so well on the kangaroos sadly, as this bloke only stopped briefly before bouncing off.

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Another stock shed along the way.

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The nearby residence.

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A bovine beauty.

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These sheep got my curiosity.  I could see them moving around in a sort of circular manner, but there were no dogs or humans to be seen.  It appeared the sheep were playing among themselves, taking turns to run around the mob.  Who knows….?

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Hang on, those long necks don’t belong to sheep!  Emus pretending to be sheep!

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Throughout my time there I noticed this picture frequently, sheep and emus getting along quite nicely thank you very much.  Good to see.

 

Doggone it!

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Why don’t people put in a dog window when they build a high solid fence?

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I’m sure there’d be less noisy barking dogs if they could see properly.

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At least this pooch was able to see somewhat, and was nice and quiet about it.

Some time ago I came across this book, written by a dog….. well done as if anyway.  Gave me lots of laughs, maybe it will appeal to you also.

In the Grampians

It was cool weather, so last week we took a trip into the Grampians, and camped not far from Dunkeld.  A great deal of the Grampians is National Park and pets are not allowed, and that restricts which areas we visit.  However, we can still manage to have a good time. Gariwerd is the Traditional name for the area and there’s a very good cultural centre in Halls Gap, but we didn’t visit it this trip.

Anyway, this post is all about Pixel and Frank.  So on with them at our campsite the evening we arrived and the following morning.  We’ve camped here before and I’m sure they remember the different places we stop at.

It’s nice to not be dealing with so much dust these days, and so Pixel especially stays SO much cleaner!

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Mist on the mountain, as we leave the quiet campsite and head further into the Victoria Valley.

Where to now?

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“Stop worrying about the potholes in the road and enjoy the journey.”

– Babs Hoffman

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“Still, round the corner, there may wait, A new road or a secret gate.”

– J. R. R. Tolkien

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“To awaken alone in a strange town is one of the pleasantest sensations in the world. You are surrounded by adventure. You have no idea of what is in store for you, but you will, if you are wise and know the art of travel, let yourself go on the stream of the unknown.” – Freya Stark

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“If you don’t know where you are going, any road will get you there.”

– Lewis Carroll

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“The road recedes as the traveler advances, leaving a continuous present.”
Richard Le Gallienne