Torquay to Port Fairy
Last minute shopping at the Surf Plaza, Torquay. All the major surf brands have shops here, BUT up Baines Court there are some surf seconds shops. This is where the thinking dog gets the real bargains. The folks particularly like Rip Curl Seconds and the Ghanda Factory outlet. Seems we’re always there just before Xmas, so they are really useful for surf-wear for the grand kid’s Christmas presents. This year the Sparrow also picked up a neat carry-on bag and the Silverback got some new trackie pants [standard attire for travelling silverbacks] both from Ghanda.
Chased a few frantic tennis balls before getting in the car, then we were on the road. Must have dosed off because next thing I knew we were in Camperdown – where else would campers stop? Morning tea at the ‘Loaf and Lounge’. Dogs allowed at the outside tables, water bowls in the planter boxes. Great coffee for the folks who also tried the excellent Humming Bird Cake and Orange Syrup Cake. I heard no complaints! Back up the highway, brief stop at Warrnambool, for a bit of supermarket shopping then on to Port Fairy.
Southcombe Caravan Park, Port Fairy
Chose Southcombe Port Fairy Caravan Park from the three dog friendly parks on offer, based on reviews on Wikicamps. Adjoins the dog beach, short walk to town. $32.50 per night with the Silverback’s Seniors Discount. This was low season rates! High season Christmas rates about to start the day after we planned to leave, when it went up to $50 per night. Set up camp then walked on the dog beach. Wild west-coast beach, lots of interesting seaweed to sniff. Met a few friendly locals.
Back to the caravan park for happy hour and dinner. Walked into town after dinner. From the caravan park you go across the cricket ground, past the clubhouse and through ‘Gwen’s Lane’- a garden lined lane with many good smells.
Early night planned, big exploration of the town planned for tomorrow. Heaps of history here. Stay tuned!