WANDERERS INVADE INVERLOCH

 

            The “Probian Wanderers” so enjoyed their time at Inverloch in 2016, they returned in    February, 2019 for their 36th Event – marking their 18th year of activities.  Although numbers were down somewhat on average attendance, we had six members attending for the first time. We now have 235 members listed, representing 54 Probus clubs around Victoria.

            Weather-wise, we were presented with a mixed bag – from wind, to some rain to beautiful sunshine.  The one very windy night saw caravanners rolling up awnings, adjusting pegs and ropes, just in time for the wind to drop to a breeze .The rain failed to dampen activities, but on occasions caused members to seek cover.  And, of course, the beautiful days, at the end of the week’s stay, allowed us to drive home in warm sunlight – seems to be the normal pattern for later events!

            A big ‘thank you’ to Christian and staff at Inverloch Big 4 Park for looking after us. Those of us who stayed at the weekends were entertained by the virtual ‘flood’ of young children, mostly on their relatively new bicycles (gifts from Santa?).  Although one needed caution crossing internal roads, it was a delight to see young Australia in motion, rather than an unfortunate norm of sitting, manipulating small screens!

            Several of the fittest enjoyed morning walks along the foreshore to C.B.D., Screw Creek, to Townsend Bluff, through Thompson Estate Nature Reserve – and yep, we got lost on the way back from the Reserve!

            A spectacular drive along the Bunurong Coast to Cape Patterson is not to be missed, with a stop at The Caves, Eagles Nest, Shack Bay and The Oaks. Some of our members were lucky enough to visit Eagles Nest in time to witness a team of volunteers setting up for a search for dinosaur and fossil remains, and hear a talk by a Monash University lady – unfortunately interrupted when the heavens opened, precipitating a rush for cover.

            Wednesday, traditional picnic day, and a last-minute change of plans found us dining at Tarwin Lower, occupying what is claimed to be the longest picnic table in the Southern Hemisphere – a later ‘Google’ search failed to confirm such claim, but it is pretty long! Thereafter, we were treated to ‘tea and bikkies’ by a lovely couple at their holiday house, then that couple led a motorcade tour of the beauty spots of Venus Bay.

            That evening, at Happy Hour, we were visited by members of both Inverloch Probus, with President Vince Baskerville, and Andersons Inlet Probus, with President David Paroissien and wife Margaret. We were made most welcome to their locality by the sea.

            Again, as is tradition, we dined out – a dinner at Esplanade Hotel, Inverloch, and a luncheon at R.S.L. Leongatha, both economical and good tucker, both to be recommended.

            Evenings were devoted to home movies of Norway, Finland, and Estonia, and a trivia night, always good for a laugh.

            In all, Inverloch was voted another successful event.

            Next, we visit Healesville in October, and Bellarine   in February 2020.  Full details can be found elsewhere in the “Probian”, and on the ProbusVic web-site.

WANDERERS INVADE INVERLOCH

 

            The “Probian Wanderers” so enjoyed their time at Inverloch in 2016, they returned in    February, 2019 for their 36th Event – marking their 18th year of activities.  Although numbers were down somewhat on average attendance, we had six members attending for the first time. We now have 235 members listed, representing 54 Probus clubs around Victoria.

            Weather-wise, we were presented with a mixed bag – from wind, to some rain to beautiful sunshine.  The one very windy night saw caravanners rolling up awnings, adjusting pegs and ropes, just in time for the wind to drop to a breeze .The rain failed to dampen activities, but on occasions caused members to seek cover.  And, of course, the beautiful days, at the end of the week’s stay, allowed us to drive home in warm sunlight – seems to be the normal pattern for later events!

            A big ‘thank you’ to Christian and staff at Inverloch Big 4 Park for looking after us. Those of us who stayed at the weekends were entertained by the virtual ‘flood’ of young children, mostly on their relatively new bicycles (gifts from Santa?).  Although one needed caution crossing internal roads, it was a delight to see young Australia in motion, rather than an unfortunate norm of sitting, manipulating small screens!

            Several of the fittest enjoyed morning walks along the foreshore to C.B.D., Screw Creek, to Townsend Bluff, through Thompson Estate Nature Reserve – and yep, we got lost on the way back from the Reserve!

            A spectacular drive along the Bunurong Coast to Cape Patterson is not to be missed, with a stop at The Caves, Eagles Nest, Shack Bay and The Oaks. Some of our members were lucky enough to visit Eagles Nest in time to witness a team of volunteers setting up for a search for dinosaur and fossil remains, and hear a talk by a Monash University lady – unfortunately interrupted when the heavens opened, precipitating a rush for cover.

            Wednesday, traditional picnic day, and a last-minute change of plans found us dining at Tarwin Lower, occupying what is claimed to be the longest picnic table in the Southern Hemisphere – a later ‘Google’ search failed to confirm such claim, but it is pretty long! Thereafter, we were treated to ‘tea and bikkies’ by a lovely couple at their holiday house, then that couple led a motorcade tour of the beauty spots of Venus Bay.

            That evening, at Happy Hour, we were visited by members of both Inverloch Probus, with President Vince Baskerville, and Andersons Inlet Probus, with President David Paroissien and wife Margaret. We were made most welcome to their locality by the sea.

            Again, as is tradition, we dined out – a dinner at Esplanade Hotel, Inverloch, and a luncheon at R.S.L. Leongatha, both economical and good tucker, both to be recommended.

            Evenings were devoted to home movies of Norway, Finland, and Estonia, and a trivia night, always good for a laugh.

            In all, Inverloch was voted another successful event.

            Next, we visit Healesville in October, and Bellarine   in February 2020.  Full details can be found elsewhere in the “Probian”, and on the ProbusVic web-site.

WANDERERS INVADE INVERLOCH

 

            The “Probian Wanderers” so enjoyed their time at Inverloch in 2016, they returned in    February, 2019 for their 36th Event – marking their 18th year of activities.  Although numbers were down somewhat on average attendance, we had six members attending for the first time. We now have 235 members listed, representing 54 Probus clubs around Victoria.

            Weather-wise, we were presented with a mixed bag – from wind, to some rain to beautiful sunshine.  The one very windy night saw caravanners rolling up awnings, adjusting pegs and ropes, just in time for the wind to drop to a breeze .The rain failed to dampen activities, but on occasions caused members to seek cover.  And, of course, the beautiful days, at the end of the week’s stay, allowed us to drive home in warm sunlight – seems to be the normal pattern for later events!

            A big ‘thank you’ to Christian and staff at Inverloch Big 4 Park for looking after us. Those of us who stayed at the weekends were entertained by the virtual ‘flood’ of young children, mostly on their relatively new bicycles (gifts from Santa?).  Although one needed caution crossing internal roads, it was a delight to see young Australia in motion, rather than an unfortunate norm of sitting, manipulating small screens!

            Several of the fittest enjoyed morning walks along the foreshore to C.B.D., Screw Creek, to Townsend Bluff, through Thompson Estate Nature Reserve – and yep, we got lost on the way back from the Reserve!

            A spectacular drive along the Bunurong Coast to Cape Patterson is not to be missed, with a stop at The Caves, Eagles Nest, Shack Bay and The Oaks. Some of our members were lucky enough to visit Eagles Nest in time to witness a team of volunteers setting up for a search for dinosaur and fossil remains, and hear a talk by a Monash University lady – unfortunately interrupted when the heavens opened, precipitating a rush for cover.

            Wednesday, traditional picnic day, and a last-minute change of plans found us dining at Tarwin Lower, occupying what is claimed to be the longest picnic table in the Southern Hemisphere – a later ‘Google’ search failed to confirm such claim, but it is pretty long! Thereafter, we were treated to ‘tea and bikkies’ by a lovely couple at their holiday house, then that couple led a motorcade tour of the beauty spots of Venus Bay.

            That evening, at Happy Hour, we were visited by members of both Inverloch Probus, with President Vince Baskerville, and Andersons Inlet Probus, with President David Paroissien and wife Margaret. We were made most welcome to their locality by the sea.

            Again, as is tradition, we dined out – a dinner at Esplanade Hotel, Inverloch, and a luncheon at R.S.L. Leongatha, both economical and good tucker, both to be recommended.

            Evenings were devoted to home movies of Norway, Finland, and Estonia, and a trivia night, always good for a laugh.

            In all, Inverloch was voted another successful event.

            Next, we visit Healesville in October, and Bellarine   in February 2020.  Full details can be found elsewhere in the “Probian”, and on the ProbusVic web-site.