Sydney to Albury/Wodonga Drive

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Saturday we had an early start and a long day ahead of us.  Our goal was to reach Albury/Wodonga before the night drew in and to have a rest before reaching Mt Buller on Sunday.  To begin with the day couldn't have gone any better.  An easy drive out of Sydney with no wrong turnings or 'blame game' arguments.  Which made for a blissfull harmony in the car and four eager, happy and excited passengers!

Although the drive was (in places) quite boring and non-eventful there were moments of nature's beauty at it's best.  The rolling hillsides that surrounded both sides of the Hume Highway were breathtaking with deep plunging valleys awash with lush green grass.  The one thing that will never cease to amuse me when driving in Australia is the names of towns you drive past...Wee Jasper, Wagga Wagga (pronounced Whogger-Whogger), Jugiong (pronounced Jug-e-yong) and so on!  Another amusing point is the obsession Australian's have with giant structures of things that the area is famous for (Banana's, Lobster's, Pineapples etc etc.).  In this case, a giant ram!!

After a fair few hours (about 7 in total) of being on the road we had arrived at Albury/Wodonga.  Whereupon our day took a turn for the worse!  Upon asking for directions from the natives to the YHA we had booked into we discovered that it did not exist anymore.  It later transpired that it was actually in Wodonga instead of Albury!  We must have stuck out like a sore thumb searching aimlessly for a non-existent wouldn't be travelling without these minor hiccups now would it!! :-)

So, we were left with no choice but to book into the local motel.  Where the heating didn't work and you needed a degree to work the phone...all for the bargain price of $99 per room!!

In the evening it was decided to bite the bullet and venture into town.  Which consisted of a couple of bars and pubs and masses of fast food outlets.  We opted for the authentic and traditional British pub that seemed to be the central hub of the nightlife...hen parties and all sorts!  There was also a nightclub above the pub.  But we declined to brave it due to the early start ahead of us! :-)

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The Big Merino
The Big Merino
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