I have to say January feels like a distant memory now. For us we had New Year at Lake Hume near Albury then crossed the border to explore a little of the Victorian High Country firstly going through lovely little alpine towns like Bright and then towing the caravan up the highest accessible road in Australia to Mount Hotham reaching over 1,800mtrs. It was so scenic and beautiful but oh so nerve racking with sharp bends and steep inclines! Coming down was another challenge and we ended up cooking the caravan brakes.
After a week of free camping we moved on to seaside holiday destinations (and much more $$$ as it was peak season), Lakes Entrance, Mornington Peninsula and Philip Island as well as a taste of the beautiful, rugged wilderness in the south corner – Wilson’s Promontory. We were on a timeline to board the Spirit of Tasmania on 20 January – which by the way was awesome.
So now coming to you after 2 weeks in the Island state and only the briefest of glimpses so far. We had a fantastic Australia Day spent with friendly locals at Greens Beach, playing beach cricket and joining in on the sand building competition.
Now that you’re up to speed with where we have been, here are our top 3 picks for January. Once again our criteria was that the whole family loved it. Please note, Wilsons Promontory while remarkable to experience, didn’t make our top 3, the weather was pretty miserable and since the kids were a bit too small for the bigger hikes this is one we will revisit in a few years time.
#3. Liffey Falls, Liffey, Tasmania
While the falls are not huge, the way it cascades in tiers is so pretty and the walk to the falls as it descends down the tiers through rainforest keeps even young minds occupied throughout the walk. We hung about the pools below the falls with another family with small kids and it made the walk back so much easier, no complaints at all as the kids all kept each other busy.
#2. Mornington Peninsula, Victoria
This place is well known to many, yet we had never ventured down here before and it was spectacular. The coastline with endless light sand beaches, and the kind of turquoise colour water that makes you think you’re on the Mediterranean, the upmarket thermal pools that we spent the whole day relaxing, or driving through the food and wine trail of Red Hill where we took in a fancy lunch at Polperro. We happened to be in the region when it hit some very high temperature days and we all remember swimming in the beach at 7pm with still plenty of daylight.
#1. Tambo Crossing, East Gippsland, Victoria
Our top pick for January was a free camp that we stopped at a whim after some good reviews on WikiCamps. Tambo Crossing is a small farming region just coming out of the Alpine region alongside the Tambo River which runs for more than 180kms. We stayed along the banks of the river in a shallow but swimmable section, safe for the kids. Expecting it to be cold coming from the mountains we were surprised to find the waters perfect to stay in all day. We spent many days swimming and lazing about without the hordes that we experienced elsewhere and all free! Victoria is awesome for the number of free camps they have.
So that’s out top 3 for January. February will be all Tassie and I suspect the Overland Track may need its own post!
Thanks for reading.