Stayed overnight with them and then headed for. This is just over the border in Victoria and has a great rest area for overnight camping. A large grassy area with shady trees, toilets and showers and all for the cost of a donation. About ten or so rigs camped here.
From Genoa we headed to Willow Bend Rest Area. This is another great rest area and is just before the town of Rosedale, about 150 kilometres from Melbourne.
Not a great lot of traffic on the Princess Highway however the road is not in good condition and it was a bumpy drive. We avoided Lakes entrance by going inland via Bruthen. This is a much better road with less traffic. Anyway why go anywhere near Lakes Entrance, it has more “no camping” signs per kilometre than any other town in Australia. Certainly not an RV friendly town.
Willow Bend is a great free camp. There is a one and a quarter kilometre walking track to town, with interpretive signs along the way. The camping area is maintained by the local community as they recognise the economic benefits that result from a free camp area.
Tomorrow we head to the Frankston Peninsula to overnight with friends before getting on the Spirit of Tasmania Sunday morning. By 9:30 Sunday night we should be home after being away for around seven months.
Willow Bend Rest Area – 27 January 2012