I slept like a log but it was an early rise. Juno’s bladder woke me up at around 5am at which time I successfully feigned sleep until Kelly finally got up to take him out for a whizz.

After a slow breakfast we shoved off.

A ways down the road we rolled into Holbrook and pulled over to check out the large submarine on display at the information centre.

HMAS Otway was an Oberon class submarine built in Scotland during the mid-1960’s. She carried 8 Officers and 60 sailors, and had a checkered career including getting hit by a dummy torpedo dropped by a helicopter during a training exercise, and later having its periscope mangled when it hit a whale.

Disappointingly it is only the upper submarine casing on show in Holbrook. We were hoping that you could venture down into its bowels to get an idea of the confined conditions inside. But although you could climb up onto the deck, the hatches were sealed. We were told that the rest of Otway was sold as scrap.

Also of note in Holbrook is a cafe called ‘The 10 Mile’ where without a shadow of a doubt I had the most delicious muffin (banana and chocolate chip) that I have ever tasted.

Our original plan was to free camp at a spot alongside the Murray River just outside of Cobram, but there is a storm forecast to roll in tonight and on seeing an intimidating overhead canopy of widow-maker gums we decided to bail.

We spent a little time looking around for another treeless site by the river. But I was getting weary, it had been a long day, and it was hot….and you know that moment when you sense both you and your partner are on the cusp of getting snippy with each other. You know what I am talking about.

So pulling off to the side of the road we had a quick discussion to acknowledge we were both in the frazzle zone and we averted interpersonal catastrophe by finding a nice holiday park, having a shower and settling down with a sundowner and snacks. Nice.

Cobram is a popular town on the banks of the Murray. There are numerous walking trails and plenty of opportunities for fishing and camping.

We are also traveling through wine country and passed multiple beautiful looking vineyards on our way through. Although I quite enjoy the ambience of these places I am not a big wine drinker:
”Let’s see…..I taste a cheeky fruity palate of…er, grapes with some lingering tones of…um, alcohol…er that’s about it.”

Dinner in cafe Ripley.

Tonight a fine dinner of lentil pie for me and beef pie for Kel. Tomorrow we are planning on coasting down to Echuca (an aboriginal word meaning “meeting of the rivers”) situated at the confluence of the Goulburn, Campaspe and Murray rivers. Paddle steamer country.

Lay of the Land:

Campsite: Cobram Willows Caravan Park

Fee: $32.00 night.

Facilities: Clean toilet block with good water pressure in showers. Communal camp-kitchen area. Vehicle washing station. Very friendly owners.

Dogs: Yes. On lead.

Terrain: Easy access. Large grass sites some with slabs. Good shade.

Posted by Ian Miller

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  1. If you get to swan hill do the evening show of the Heart of the Murray at the pioneer Settlement well worth it

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