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Re: Exploring the Victorian country side, east of Melbourne Aus
« Reply #40 on: August 16, 2019, 12:05:34 am »
maw die mense stroom vanaf die platteland in of is dit mense wat immigreer Aus toe?

Sydney en Melbourne is die twee grootste stede, en omtrent ewe groot met soortgelyke werksgeleenthede.

Daar is ‘n stroom Aussies wat v Sydney na Melbourne trek agv koste. Sydney is omtrent 20% duurder as Melbourne (lewenskoste en eiendom).

Daar is ‘n stroom immigrante wat Melbourne kies vir diesefde rede.

Ek dink mense wat vd platteland af stad toe kom is ‘n klein persentasie.
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Re: Exploring the Victorian country side, east of Melbourne Aus
« Reply #41 on: October 01, 2019, 01:36:50 pm »
The past weekend was a long weekend in The Land of Oz, called the Grand Final weekend. That means Aussie Rules Football final. AFL is a big deal in the state of Victoria, with the finals played every year at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, or MCG. The Aussies have a way of abbreviating even abbreviations, so the locals simply refer to the MCG as “The G”. It is the worlds largest cricket ground by capacity, with space for just over 100 000 people. On a weekend like this it will be packed to the rafters.

The MCG is just outside the Melbourne CBD


The home of AFL


Being used to rugby, even after 2.5 years my eyes still glaze over within 5 minutes of watching the chaos that is Aussie Rules Football. I have tried to get into it, but it is an acquired taste. I’m not there yet...

So, I had a few hours to kill and the weather was ok, no rain predicted. Afternoon temps between 10 and 15’C. Bike was fueled. Only question was, where to go?

I was fiddling around with Google maps and found an interesting little valley hidden away in the remote hills of South Gippsland, called the “Wild Dog Valley”. It sounded like a place I should visit and post a picture on the forum.... It was about 90 minutes ride away, 2.5 hours south east of the Melbourne CBD, and the unwashed hordes of AFL barbarians.

To put things in perspective


Gippsland is a fertile area east of Melbourne, and south of the Australian Alps. It’s known for small wineries, citrus, apples, asparagus, timber, gum trees, and lots of sheep and cattle.


Wild dog valley


Melbourne is known for its unpredictable weather. The locals will tell you, if you don’t like the weather, just wait 5 minutes! In true Melbourne form, even though there was no rain predicted, I had to dodge a shower on my way to the “lair of the wild dog”... It did not dampen the spirits much, because the twisty tar sections were drying quickly. There was still some fun to be had before I hit the dirt...

Gippsland’s rolling green hills, looking west towards Phillip Island under the horizon.


Looking east


We had good winter rains, the sheep were looking good.


AT was looking good too, in its natural habitat.


Wild Dog Valley turned out to be a bit of a let-down. It’s a tiny farming community. No shops, no fuel, no nothing. Just a few small farms on a dirt road with a street sign.







I was the lone wild dog in Wild Dog Valley... 😄 It was not what I would call a tourist attraction. Nevertheless, a few hours on the AT, on a mix of twisty tar and dirt, is always a highlight of my weekends! And there was still the ride home!
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Re: Exploring the Victorian country side, east of Melbourne Aus
« Reply #42 on: October 01, 2019, 07:06:13 pm »
the sheep were looking good.

Jy is hopeloos te lank in Aus, kom huistoe!! ;) :peepwall: :lol8: :lol8:
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Re: Exploring the Victorian country side, east of Melbourne Aus
« Reply #43 on: October 01, 2019, 11:59:49 pm »
the sheep were looking good.

Jy is hopeloos te lank in Aus, kom huistoe!! ;) :peepwall: :lol8:

 :imaposer:

Nooit oom, ek kan nie nou terugkom nie... My huis is net mooi vars klaar gebou. Ons trek volgende naweek in! 🙂















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Re: Exploring the Victorian country side, east of Melbourne Aus
« Reply #44 on: October 02, 2019, 03:02:50 am »
Looks like you are settling in!!
You new house looks good. One day when i'm big I will also move out to the country.
Keen for a trip to Dargo this summer? :drif:
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Re: Exploring the Victorian country side, east of Melbourne Aus
« Reply #45 on: October 02, 2019, 10:31:39 am »
Hey Bozo, had a look on the map and Dargo looks like a nice spot in the mountains!

So many places to still explore, so little time and money...

I would also like to ride the Great Alpine Road over the Alps one summer:
https://www.roamingdownunder.com/great-alpine-road

And the great ocean road... and and and... 🙂

I can tell you, being a new home owner is a serious drain on the budget... Just day rides for me at the moment. As things currently stand I’ll be camping in my front yard this December!  :o

I know most of the enjoyable roads between Pakenham and Drouin and further north, we should meet up one day if you are keen, especially now that the weather is warmer.
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Re: Exploring the Victorian country side, east of Melbourne Aus
« Reply #46 on: October 02, 2019, 10:45:02 am »
thanks for the RR and the pics of your new house.
congratulations.
just need to point out that australia is not the africa twin's natural environment.
 

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Re: Exploring the Victorian country side, east of Melbourne Aus
« Reply #47 on: October 02, 2019, 12:50:02 pm »
Haha... :biggrin: Touché!  :deal:
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Re: Exploring the Victorian country side, east of Melbourne Aus
« Reply #48 on: October 02, 2019, 06:27:23 pm »
My huis is net mooi vars klaar gebou.

Baie mooi Boerbok. Verbaas om te sien hulle bou nog facebrick daar alhoewel die arbeid duur is. :thumleft:
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Re: Exploring the Victorian country side, east of Melbourne Aus
« Reply #49 on: October 02, 2019, 11:56:00 pm »
Hey Bozo, had a look on the map and Dargo looks like a nice spot in the mountains!

So many places to still explore, so little time and money...

I would also like to ride the Great Alpine Road over the Alps one summer:
https://www.roamingdownunder.com/great-alpine-road

And the great ocean road... and and and... 🙂

I can tell you, being a new home owner is a serious drain on the budget... Just day rides for me at the moment. As things currently stand I’ll be camping in my front yard this December!  :o

I know most of the enjoyable roads between Pakenham and Drouin and further north, we should meet up one day if you are keen, especially now that the weather is warmer.

Sounds like a Plan.
I'm also in the process of purchasing a house so I know how you feel.
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