The Big Merino Sheep
We left Wodonga that morning, but as we only had about 300
kilometres to do we werenâ€™t in too much of a rush. First we stopped at
a place called the Ettamogah Pub, which is a fictional place from a
cartoon drawing. It is quite unique in that it has been built how it
appeared in the cartoon, including curved and sloping walls and roof.
Next stop was Gundagai, where there is a famous monument, the dog on
the tucker box, which is from a poem written in the 1850â€™s depicting
the Australian Bush. Just before we said Gâ€™day to the dog we decided to
stop at a service station which conveniently had a McCafe (not sure if
this idea is in Europe yet, but the Aussies invented it, itâ€™s
McDonaldsâ€™ version of a cafÃ©, which if you drink coffee, which I donâ€™t,
is apparently pretty good) and Subway.
Castle Rock Lookout
I have really come to like the
food from Subway so I was really looking forward to eating one, little
was I to know that this would actually take me another week to get.
When we walked in the door we asked for a highchair, which people with
babies often do, but we must have been the first people here to ask
that as they didnâ€™t have any? I mentioned this to the manager, who made
a lame excuse about insurance not allowing highchairs. Just after this
Trish was consuming a coffee with the baby on her lap and you guessed
it, the baby almost grabbed the hot coffee, basically because it was
within reach, which could be solved with a highchair?
Next the baby required a nappy change, which I went to do. They had
a mothers room, or for me I suppose we should call it a Fathers room,
that a bit sexist isnâ€™t it, naming it a mothers room, when dadâ€™s these
days, or at least me, do actually tend to babies also.
The famous Dog on the Tucker Box
Australia they provide quite well for parents, with most toilets having
some facilities, usually some description of moulded table shaped to
keep babies from rolling over and off the table; some even have a strap
to wrap around the baby for added safety. This place had a thin narrow
flat benchâ€¦ after changing the baby and her almost falling off, I went
to the manager againâ€¦ his excuse this time was that the â€˜portableâ€™ one
they keep supplying keeps getting stolen? I would of expected a
permanent solution to fix that problem? I wasnâ€™t very happy with this
place by now so I decided not to purchase anything from here and then
when I visited the toilet I was greeted with a floor littered with bugs
and with puddles of water? I didnâ€™t think this was either safe or very
sanitary and Trish had a similar feeling when she went to the toilet.
Ettamogah Pub - Based on an early 1060 cartoon series
After speaking to the owner of the Subway shop, which rents space from
the building and pays for cleaning etc, I got the name of the local
Health and Safety Inspector and rang him to make a complaint. I just
hope something gets done to improve the place.
after this we continued our journey and got to Goulburn, our stop for
the night. When we got there we did some shopping and made dinner.
Trish cooked spaghetti and meatballs in a space not much bigger than a
sink, which was a credit to her adaptability and it was very nice. The
next day we went to see a lookout, which was closed for renovations and
then onto the Big Merino, a large sheep attraction, as this area is
famous for all the sheep. The merino wasnâ€™t all that interesting and we
soon left on the next leg of our trip to Sydney, the largest city in