Wednesday, A day trip to Menindee. We left after a late breakfast for the 100k trip fo Menindee, an interesting drive. There is a small town at Mennindee and the information centre was very helpful. Unfortunately many of the dirt roads to and from the lakes were closed because of the rain, but we found a small community of holiday houses 20k back towards Broken Hill that allowed us tar access to the lakes
We then found a quite location where we had a nice picnic (forgot the chairs).
We then leisurely drove back to Broken Hill.
We arrived back mid afternoon, time for a little snooze before we joined the rest of the crowd for happy hour.
That evening a film was shown but We did not join in those festivities.
Tragedy then struck. The chocolate has all been eaten, we may need to revisit the chocolate factory.
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Thursday, A quite start to the morning where, after breakfast some of us went out to view a local car club members collection.
We arrived and saw in his back yard a number of potential restorations, including a nice Chrysler Wayfarere ute, that, given a bucket load of money would make a magnificent tow vehicle.
Inside one shed he was restoring two classic and historic cars, and a number of complete, but un-restored cars. In the main shed there must have been 25 completed cars, including his grandfathers first car, a 1916Buick
A nice morning followed by a cup of coffee at our favourite cafe.
We returned to the van, made our lunch then joined our friends at their van.
Since the weather forecast for Friday was rain, many people decided to pull down their annex while dry. This we also did. We then got changed ready for the official dinner that as held at the Broken Hill Musicians Club.
Seeing how many vintage vanners together in a large group shows the numbers of people that are interested in vans, scary really.
Then home for a bit of TV watching before bed.
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Friday, The last day of the nationals. Had a very late start this morning, and when we stuck our heads outside the door we found that many had already packed up and left. So, those to who I meant to get to to say "it has been good to see you, and Anne and I look forward to seeing you further on up the road" let me just say "Safe travels, and it was good to catch up."
There were many I meant to catch up with, but unfortunately slackness on my part that I did not get around to see everyone.
All in all I congratulate those who were involved in the organisation of this event
Today, Anne and I went back to the Royal Flying Doctor Service to get another shirt or two. We were just in time to see some of the Forum members make the presentation of monies raised to the RFDS. Well done to all who donated time and money.
We then went out to Whites gallery and mining museum. An interesting place.
We then joined Ken and Judy for lunch at our favourite the cafe - Alfrescos - then up to the Pro Hart gallery. He has some nice Rollers in the car port, and some nice paintings in the gallery. I liked one particular painting, but the credit card did not extend to the price of $12,800.
Then back to the caravan for some farewell drinks with traveling colleagues, then back to the van for an early tea, then watch the footy.
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Hi Folks Am finally home in Pinnaroo (and a day early). Thanks so much to Mel, Errol & Linda and the girls (sorry I can't remember your names girls) who assisted me just outside Coombah after one of my pistons had enough and valiantly tried to escape through the side of my engine block. It nearly made it!!! Mel towed my van and Errol & Linda towed my car back to Coombah, and the girls provided moral support and traffic control. I waited about four hours for my flat top chariot to arrive. The car, van and myself were delivered home safely. When I download the photo's from my camera, I will post some of my car that you (and I) haven't seen before. Cheers Steve
We woke to a bright Saturday morning and after making our goodbyes we headed towards Mildura with dark and stormy clouds looming on the horizon.
We met some scattered showers, but nothing too drastic. At Coombah we caught up with Sandra (aquamum) , topped up our fuel then progressed in a convoy into Mildura where we said our goodbyes.
We found the Big 4 van park and booked in.
Some may have noted on the forum that a new member joined and had a van exactly the same as ours, but he was missing a lot of the interior. Since he lived in Mildura district we invitee him to visit and take as many measurements and pictures as he liked.
Two interesting and pleasurable hours were taken up where we discussed everything about our vans and I think he is now much more informed as to what the end result will be.
We then went down town and found the recently sunken paddle steamer.
We then found a nice pub that brewed it's own.
We had a beer, but Anne said that I was not to take the 10 different beers as a challenge. We left after 1 beer, and a coffee and wandered back to the van.
Tea then early to bed
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Well we are on our way home as well. we did some more sightseeing this morning. then the weather started to change again so we decided to head to Mildura. Found another caravan park and have settled in for the night. Tomorrow maybe Bendigo for some more shopping and sight seeing. I hope everyone has a great and very safe trip home. We would also like to thank the Organizers of this fantastic event of the Vintage Caravan Nationals. Its been a very successful 2 weeks with great company and some very interesting vans. Thanks everyone for making this a great experience, bring on the next VV Nationals. Frank and Barb and "Timmy"
Hey Tooley What was the name of the beer you had so when Joe and I get there we can try a different one and compare notes later
I just started on the left and When Anne said it was tea time we went back to the van. All were good. There is no such thing as a bad beer, some are better than others. However, if you are in the city of Bath in the UK DO NOT taste Bath Ale.
Post by yellowspinner on May 4, 2014 13:40:28 GMT 10
Hi All, Well first of all l want to say l felt sad about Steves FX getting sick on the way back,Hope it got better for you steve! We had a wonderful time at the Nationals,meet a lot of people we had not meet before.And seen so many loved vintage vans, And learnt a lot about the History around broken hill,and Silverton,We ventured into all the Op shops, tip shop,Bells Cafe,And lots more The whole Event was put together a big thank You to Fire fighter, Don Ricardo,and the other moderators and every one else that l might have for gotton What wonderful time we had.We stayed at Mildura friday night,Castlemaine sat night had a lovely breakfast done the market,then cruised home past every one giong to Hanging Rock .Nice to be home after 17days in our little van.I will be looking forward to the DVD Thanks to all lillian's hard work and her time.Thanks everyone for a great time .......Colleen ..Mick
Post by bobandjacqui on May 4, 2014 16:20:53 GMT 10
G,day All, We,re on our way home still. Currently back in Lightning Ridge for two nights to catch up on the sights that we missed on the down. Thanks to everyone that made the trip down with us and all our old friends that we met on previous runs, not to mention all the new friends that we have met on this trip. We had a great trip but sorry to hear about Steve,s problems with the FX. Thanks to everyone who organised the event. The effort that you all put in is much appreciated. Hope you all have had a safe trip on your return home. Cheers Bob and Jacqui
Sunday, Mildura to Swan Hill. We left Madura and followed the river towards Swan Hill. The country is certainly different than that surrounding Broken Hill.
Just out of Mildura we stopped at Gol Gol as they were having their school fete. The local car club had a dozen vehicles on display. The nicest was a mid 60's Holden 4.2 Ute.
We then stopped at Robinvale and had a coffee and vanilla slice at the only café that was open.
We turned off the highway and did a quick detour to Tooleybuc, a town just across the river. A interesting town that had an excellent sporting club where we had a beer and coffee. I am sure that it was named after a long distant relative.
We then booked into the Big 4 van park on the edge of town. While driving around town we found a very nice tow vehicle.
All I have to do is convince Anne of the benefits of this car as a tow vehicle, and win Lotto as well.
We then drove around town and scouted a few wineries, but non were open. I don't think this town is a Winery town. I will have to look out for wineries as we get closer to the wine producing areas.
I will provide a wine guide in the following days.
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Post by noblesgarage on May 6, 2014 7:33:47 GMT 10
Well another Nationals over with Bring on the next 8- Arrived home all safe-N-sound Monday night 6 30 pm The little " BONDY " still all in tacked and No problems. A mere 2908 Klms from Broken Hill To Mandurah in WA. Will up date with a few photos when I can Brian
Home safe and sound !!! That's good news mate. Its a big effort coming across the nulla boring plains in an old car and van. You W.A guys are way over due for a Nats in your home state..... Doesn't matter weather there is 2 or 200 vans at the Nats.... It would be recognition of the birthplace ( if you could call it that) of the website and forum. I campaigned for it to be held there a long while back ... but it seems to be a case of ... have it where the greatest population of vintage vanners are... east coast.
I'll say it again.. it needs to be held in W.A... at least once. Bung it on over there .. and people will come... perhaps not in big numbers... but they will come.
Looking forward to your photos of the run over....while at the nats... and back again.
Post by shesgotthelook on May 6, 2014 17:44:28 GMT 10
I just received a phone call from the Wedderburn Visitor Community Centre. The SGTL family won the local products hamper! I thanked them for the wonderful few days we had in their town & told them we were very happy to recommend their little community to other travellers.