01 Jan

Day 12 : Christmas Road Trip : Melbourne to Bairnsdale

One of the shortest days so far at only 290km. Since it was New Years Day and we had Executive Lounge access at the Hilton we decided to take a later start and enjoy the wonderful breakfast spread Hilton put on in the Lounge. We took our time enjoying a lovely break, good coffee and a read of the paper, taking in all the news from overnight celebrations. Not surprisingly the lounge was fairly quiet until about 0930.

As always, the staff at Hilton were awesome and the suite was just as I remember it – spacious, luxurious and a fantastic view of the Yarra. The concierge team always had what we needed, including a franking machine to post mark our ABC of Touring entry. Not realising 31 December is an Australia Post holiday, we were unable to post off our entry forms – ARRRRGH all that work for nothing!! Concierge to the rescue with their fancy machine AND it was less than $2!! This is the first time we’ve had the bikes with us and Hilton were terrific. For the same price as valet parking we were able to leave our bikes parked right out the front. About as safe as you could get in this big ol’ city.

After refuelling it was only a couple of turns and we were already on the M1 and on our way out of Melbourne. Being a public holiday the roads were pretty quiet so no stressful situations and more importantly I’d managed to avoid having to do any hook turns on this visit to Melbourne – YAY! Nobody wants to start their New Year off with a hook turn haha!!

Shortly after leaving the outer suburbs of Melbourne behind us we spotted our first letter for 2016 … there was no way we could pass up Nar Nar Goon!! Being a good little town the post office had the name of the town and post code on the front of the building – perfect!

Steve took the opportunity to check out the take away – his excitement at seeing fried dim sims on the menu was somewhat disproportionate… each to their own! After grabbing our photo it was time to head off again. We had no specific plans on where we would stop for lunch – let’s just see where we end up.

The googlemachine took us off the M1 for some of the journey taking us north past the Yallourn open cut coal mine and power station, through Tyers and then back to the M1 after Rosedale. The distance was about the same but a little slower due to passing through small towns. It’s nice to go through the towns instead of the monotony of the freeways. An opportunity to look at the houses, gardens, farms and different landscapes.

We stopped for a drink and short leg stretch in Tyers under the shade of some oak trees then it was on on to complete the final leg of the day. I hadn’t intended on stopping again but I just couldn’t resist getting Stratford on the River Avon for my 2016 ABC of Touring entry.

We pulled in to Bairnsdale a bit before 1600. The Bairnsdale Main Motel is on the main drag about 1.2km from the start of the town centre. Check-in was pleasant and the room is nice. Really good value at $90 / night.

Enjoying getting in a bit earlier than normal we unloaded the bikes then had a bit of a relax before heading in to try the local fish and chips and to refuel the bikes ready for our trip to Bega tomorrow. Until then!

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Day 12 : Melbourne to Bairnsdale

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Nar Nar Goon: -38.080936, 145.570404
Yallourn : -38.180107, 146.390817
Tyers: -38.148725, 146.480110
Stratford on the River Avon: 48.216038, 16.378984
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Nar Nar Goon

Stratford on the River Avon

Nar Nar Goon, Victoria, Australia
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Yallourn

First time we'd seen an open cut coal mine IRL.

Yallourn Open Cut Coal Mine, Moys Road, Maryvale, Victoria, Australia
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Tyers

Quick drink and a leg stretch in the shade.

Tyers, Victoria, Australia
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Stratford on the River Avon

Stratford on the River Avon

Stratford
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