From Melbourne we then went to Traralgon where if I'd investigated more of the Gippsland area, I think we would have spent a day ot two there instead of an overnight trip to break the drive up. We stayed at Motel Tralagon which was ok, a bit dated and needs some work, but also with travel getting back on its feet and the fact that it's pet friendly I assume that in time upgrades will be done.
Onto Orbost, where we visited a friend so Arlo got to hang with some of his own kind while we caught up had a cuppa. He also got to hang in her shop while I bought a few things – note Snowy River Crystals is pet friendly but call ahead if your planning on visiting just to make sure.
We then went from Orbost to Mallacoota just because then on to Eden… Yep back in the home state again!
We stayed at Big4 – Ingenia Holidays Eden Beachfront and I do recommend staying here! It's about 5min south of the Eden township BUT the caravan park is lovely. We got a ensuite powered sight $59 and you're allowed to have your dog in the he rec area as its “Not enclosed”. Obviously dogs can't be in the cooking area but on the outside there are seats undercover, some grill plates, a pizza oven, sink and prep area. On top of this the park backs onto its own beach…which is pet friendly!!!!! There's also BBQ areas looking over the beach and pet friendly cabins, unfortunately they were booked out when we enquired.
In Eden township, Arlo and I sussed out the Rotary Eden Lookout, then drove to a few of the lookouts near there and wandered about. The information centre near the wharf allows dogs, however, over near the border patrol wharf you cannot take dogs. In front of the information centre there is plaques with the history of Edens Whaling etc.
Unfortunately dogs are not allowed at the Killer Whale Museum (even if in a pram or carry bag – I know this from heading down south a few years ago with one of my previous boys)
We had dinner at Fig Café & Bar on Imlay street, the tables out the front are high tables so I cheekily had Arlo on my lap, how ever if you have a less needy whatchu eating dog they will be happy with the seating arrangement.
We stayed in Eden for the night, then headed to Canberra to break up the 5 and a bit hr drive home and had lunch at Rodneys Garden Café in Pialligo Canberra. This café is also attached to a garden centre with gifts, goodies, food, plants, pots as well as a undercover area that is pet friendly. Note on weekends it is super busy so best to arrive early.
So that was it, holiday road trip 2023 done!
Arlo has ticked off another 2 states and now only needs to Visit WA, NT and Tassie and he's done it all.