Monday 3 February 2014

Tasmania Trip - Day 10

Day 10 - 3/2/2013 - Canberra to Lakes Entrance

Up early and on the road again! We were heading to Melbourne.  Instead of backing tracking out of Canberra and onto the Hume Highway, where we have seen most of the surrounding country, we decided to head due south through Canberra and Cooma.
Parliament House in front, National Library to the left.

Lake Burley Griffin, National Library, Parliament House far right
Outside of Cooma on the way to Nimmitabel
It seems the reprieve we had from the heat in Canberra was over!  We stopped in Cann River for lunch and even the local wildlife was feeling the heat.  It was the hottest day by far.  It reached 40 deg by around 10am that morning!

The magpies in the park were drinking out of a bowl of water someone had left out for them and they were walking around with their wings out and beaks open to try and cool down.  It was pretty hot just sitting in the shade yet there were some contractors installing solar panels onto the roof of the post office in the middle of the day!

Trying to find shade as well!
43 deg just after lunch and it stayed there!
As we reached Orbost there was some pretty dark clouds starting to roll in and there was thunder off in the distance.  As it was only 4pm and still plenty of light left in the day we decided to try and push on a bit more to make it a smaller stretch into Melbourne the following day.  We called ahead to a van park in Lakes Entrance to make sure that we could actually get a site as the roads were starting to get a lot busier.

Luckily the heavy rain had held off, and now it was also muggy as well as hot! We arrived at Lakes Entrance at about 5pm, and after a quick setup decided to go for a walk to the beach to try and cool down for a bit.

The beach at Lakes Entrance
Looking back towards the Lakes Entrance township from the Foreshore Reserve

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