Sunday, February 13, 2011

Brooks Cutting Reserve, Alexandra

We headed off on Wednesday (after refuelling the bus and ourselves at the Romsey Bakery) to our destination for the weekend.  I had the worst dose of hay fever ever, so seeing  through bleary watery eyes we travelled through small towns such as Kilmore, Broadford, Tallaroock, Trawool, Kerrisdale , Yea, Molesworth and Cathkin along the Hume and Goulburn Valley Highway to reach our campsite at Brooks Cutting Reserves just outside Alexandra. 
 After settling in we drove into Alexandra for a quick tour and later that evening we were joined by Ron and Marion, our friendly neighbours from the farm next door.  Our campsite is a small area surrounded by trees overlooking the Goulbourn River with views to the nearby hills.  It is a lovely, sheltered, secluded and very pleasant part of the world.  By midmorning on Thursday we were starting to wonder if we were in the correct area as we were still the only two motor homes there.  Linda & Bob arrived just after lunch in their American bus and later in the afternoon Rob & Denise had arrived.  Russell and Hedy wanted to show us around Eildon, and the Boat Club and Weir.
Before they had their motor home built they used to own a Houseboat at kept it moored at the Eildon Boat Club.  We gained permission to enter the boat club and looked through the club rooms and the Marina surrounding the Lake. 
 Security is very high here and it is a gated community, as some of the boats are worth millions of dollars.  We were able to find their old houseboat and we wandered along the boardwalks admiring the boats and the picturesque scenery. 
Houseboats being built 
 A drive along the Eildon dam wall was next on the agenda,
Power station at Eildon

View from the dam wall
 followed by a quick window shop around the village. 

Statue at Eildon Village
 Friday, more motor homes arrived for the bush wackers weekend, and by Saturday 15 rigs were in position.  Thursday night and Friday the heavens opened up and dropped heaps of rain which was rather unpleasant as it also brought with it the humidity.  Many of the world’s problems were solved as we gathered around each evening and enjoyed the ambience of the pleasant company among new friends.  One of the conditions of becoming a member in this club is to supply a chocolate cake and they participate in a bush breakfast served on Sunday for a small fee of $4.  For this you get bacon & eggs, sausage tomatoes & onions and toast.  They are called the bushwackers because they only do bush camping, and the use of generators is wildly accepted.  We thoroughly enjoyed their company.
Talk again soon

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