Believe that you can and you’re half way there. Theodore Roosevelt.
A good road trip, like life, sometimes means meeting half way.
Nhill (near Horsham) is exactly half way between Adelaide and Melbourne on the Western Highway, halfway between where I live and where fellow freelance Aussie writer and blogger Glenys Gelzinis lives.
I started following her travel blog Caravan Correspondent when she did a lap of Australia last year and we connected both on our posts and on Instagram. She’s an adventurer at heart, like me, in fact we share many similar interests.
So when Glenys told me she and her hubby Harry were coming to Melbourne how could I resist an opportunity to meet. We enjoyed an afternoon of catching up, amongst a backdrop of live music and red wine at the St Andrews pub. You can read her account of it here.
In her latest post Glenys writes about a pub night at Kaniva, a fun quiz night they enjoyed whilst on their road trip to Victoria. She mentioned how one of the teams came from nearby Nhill. It jogged memories of our stopover at Nhill, on the way to the Little Desert National Park, a few years ago.
More recently we stopped there at the bakery, after our 4WD tagalong trip along the Border Track in March.
It’s a good place to recharge and refuel before you head further out. If you have kids on board, check out the big slide in the middle of town. Hell, it’s great fun even if you haven’t got kids!
Beyond the play equipment of the Jaypex Park, the swamp boardwalk is worth the amble to soak up the eerie atmosphere amongst the gums. When we visited the reflections of the twisted trees snaking up from the swamp waters were extraordinary.
If you’re not driving a strict Melbourne- Adelaide route, head into the Little Desert National Park, just southwest of Nhill. It’s the second largest National Park in Victoria. However, don’t expect Sahara type landscapes. In Spring the wildlife is prolific and the flora and fauna is abundant.
This is a landscape of 4WD adventure, wildlife and tranquil camping.
We camped a few nights at the Little Desert Nature Park years ago and the nights were spectacular, the days peaceful and there were plenty of great four wheel drive tracks.
There are supposedly 220 bird species here, including the mallee fowl which is indigenous to this part of Victoria, and yes, we spotted one, which was super exciting.
Its presence is signified by a mound up to five metres in diameter and one metre high.It lays its eggs inside the mound which is adjusted daily to maintain its temperature at 33 degrees Celsius. The chicks emerge already self-sufficient.
You’re also on the doorstep of Mount Arapiles, one of the best rock climbing locations in Australia. If you prefer your feet on the ground, it’s just as much fun to watch others climbing.
So, if you’re driving from Adelaide and Melbourne and you want a half way break, consider a stopover in Nhill. The night life might be little more than a game of trivia at the local pub, but hey, when you’re in the country, embrace the country.
Enjoy the journey, where ever you’re heading and keep an eye out for those little towns along the way. They might seem ordinary on the surface but scratch a little deeper and you might uncover some extraordinary quirks.
You might even meet like-minded people who may turn out to be kindred spirits, fellow adventurers who love life as much as you do.
How far we travel in life matters far less than those we meet along the way. Mark Twain
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