We purchased our Toyota Coaster fully fitted out in August 2011 from the Motorhome Conversion Company in Slacks Creek QLD.

Apart from a couple of days here and a couple of days there camping, we really hadn’t broken it in! So after months of waiting and planning for a break, we headed off for a well earned break from our busy schedules.

We headed off across North East Victoria from Milawa to Bendigo where we spent our first night on the front lawn of our very good friends “the Changers”. After a great night we headed across to Horsham, down the Henty Highway to Hamilton, Coleraine, Casteron then onto Penola in South Australia. Here we indulged in some wonderful Coonawarra wines! Coonawarra is a huge wine region with over 28 wineries to take in. The region also offers visitors a delicious selection of fresh local produce and dining experiences. In the evening select from an array of dining options from casual eateries, contemporary cuisine and some of South Australia’s best regional dining experiences.

From Penola, we went across to Mt. Gambier, the highlight here was the sink hole blue lake which is a unique attraction. The sink hole was formed in the vent of a recent volcano, on the side of which the City of Mount Gambier has been built. The city relies on the lake as its source of portable water. The colour of the Blue Lake changes dramatically from grey to a vivid blue over a few days in late November. Then, after summer the colour gradually fades until the grey winter appearance is resumed.

We continued on travelling down to Robe where our indulgence there was a most magnificent lobster, it was just as we expected – sensational! Some of the great places to visit in Robe are The Robe Hotel, The Historic Interpretive Centre, Customs House, and Little Dip Conservation Park. We then made our merry way around the coast line taking in lots of the smaller beach towns such as, Port MacDonnell, Cape Bridgewater, Beach Port, Port Fairy, Peterborough, Princetown, Johanna, & Cape Otway in Victoria, here you can visit Australia’s oldest surviving and most important to the mainland Lighthouse. Built in 1848 it perches on towering sea cliffs where Bass Strait & the Southern Ocean collide. The magnificent views from the lighthouse balcony, 90m above the Southern Ocean are not to be missed.

Also not to be missed are visits to Werribee Aviation Museum and the Werribee Zoo in Victoria. The Werribee Zoo is an open range zoo, for the ultimate African adventure, you can take the kids on a Family Off Road Safari. Animal lovers of all ages will enjoy the one hour tour through the Zoo’s African Savannah as you come face to face with giraffes, hippos, rhinos, zebras and ostriches. The open vehicles provide a great chance to see these magnificent animals up close and you’ll get to learn all about them. Another great experience at the Werribee Zoo, is the hippos which you can view up close from the semi- submerged barge, the Kubu Queen, or from the boardwalk, you can view them splashing through the water, grazing on the embankment or sunning themselves on the sand.

Also available is the Safari Bus tour, you can hop aboard and experience the thrill of crossing the hippo river to explore the exhibit from a completely different angle.

After our big adventure away, we are still convinced that Victoria is a ‘Touch off Paradise’ and there is no place like home.

We thoroughly enjoy our Toyota Coaster and can honestly say it is well and truly broken in now and we look forward to our next big adventure.

Jennie & Sam Bussell