We arrived in Dubbo on a wet and wild April 2001 day and were pleased to have a motel roof over our heads and a comfortable bed for a change!
A day at the Westen Plains Zoo in Dubbo was well spent - what an interesting zoo with animals from all parts of the world in open surroundings.
These alpine dingoes look so much more healthy than our Fraser Island dingoes, and we saw some like these out past Innamincka.
The old Dubbo gaol is a haunting place.
From Dubbo down to Echuca, and our first glimpse of the river Murray.
We headed down to Halls Peak in Victoria, gateway to the magnificent Grampians National Park, where we explored some 4WD tracks and climbed to some of the lookouts.
The Grampians has beautiful mountains, and beautiful bush tracks.
Coming out of the Grampians on to the plains in Victoria reminded me of the Canterbury Plains.
The autumn colours in the Victorian town of Ballarat were spectacular. Sovereign Hill, a rebuilt mining town, was also well worth a visit in Ballarat.
Melbourne's Anglican cathedral has a stained glass window in memory of John and Elizabeth Murphy, distant relations of Judy.
While in Melbourne we were fortunate to catch up with 2 of Judy's long lost 2nd cousins, Adrian Wallis and his sister Jo, plus Adrian's wife Sally.
Melbourne is a city of beautiful parks and gardens within sight of the city centre.
In Melbourne we met our Brisbane 4WD friends from the Queensland Cricketers Club, and boarded the "Spirit of Tasmania" with our three 4WD vehicles for the crossing to Devonport in Tasmania.
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