Day 2 – Dalesford > Bendigo
After breakfast we drove back to St Georges Lake, sadly it was raining, again, and really cold.
We then headed out to Jubilee Lake near Daylesford and found a really cool old bridge. By this stage it had stopped raining and was actually starting to warm up a bit.
A quick stop at Wombat Flat Mineral Springs, lovely little spot for a walk or picnic. We had grabbed a coffee and wandered the area in the sunshine. Hepburn Springs and the Daylesford area are famous for the mineral springs, spas and health retreats. It was quite a busy little place.
After lunch we headed to Wombat Hill Tower and the Botanical Gardens, which we actually drove around, not as much colour now, Winter is well and truly on its way. The tower was constructed as a memorial to the pioneers of the area. 103 steps to the top and many of the surrounding trees are so tall they now restrict the view.
Next stop on our journey north was Trentham Falls, we had thought with all the rain they might be really running, but it was barely more than a trickle. Still a pretty spot to visit.
On the way to Malmsbury, we found this really cool old railway bridge and stopped for a bit of train spotting…
Our next stop was to try and find a old rail bridge in Muckleford. We had spent an hour or so on our last trip trying to find it, with no luck. We fared worse this trip, after about an hour, we managed to slash a tyre and had to stop and change the tyre. Next problem was it was 3.55pm on a Saturday afternoon and we were 30 minutes away from the nearest town big enough to have a mechanic or tyre shop. Mad dash over to Bendigo and managed to find an after hours tyre shop willing to help us out…$400 later for new tyre, and a callout fee and we were back on the road, otherwise we were stuck til Monday when everything opened up and we would be a day behind catching up with our friends in St Arnaud.
By now it was too late to go anywhere, so we chose to spend the night in Bendigo and spend the morning exploring, before meeting up with everyone in St Arnaud the next night. We ended up eating a yummy dinner of ribs at the Yard Bird restaurant at the Shamrock Hotel, which was apparently visited by Prince Charles and Lady Di in 1983! I will leave it there and see you next post.