From Creswick NP we ventured to Ballarat to just sit by Lake Wendouree, watching the ducks, swans and geese and trying not to stand in ALL the poo! On returning from our outing we were horrified to find that the local council had dug huge holes in preparation to put up a fence ... in front of our caravan!!!! We had a laugh with them about it and then promptly moved the van first thing the next morning. Another day we visited Lavandula Swiss Italian Farm where we patted the animals, meandered around their exquisite gardens, were intrigued by the history of the original family residents and enjoyed divine fair at the La trattoria cafe. There was however no lavender to see on the fields, but this didn't detract from our visit at all.
We moved onto the Mornington Peninsula where we stayed for four nights exploring up and down the peninsula coast line before boarding the Spirit of Tasmania with our 'one-way' tickets.
Once we hit Victoria the reality of being on the road for an indefinite amount of time had finally hit home and we realised that we had to seriously consider our budget and the boys education.
Our stop after Maldon was Creswick National Park and we simply loved the isolation, fresh air and the lovely people in town. Here we purely free camped - we didn't use the genie, we washed all of our clothes by hand and all of our cooking was done on the camp fire.
Our budget at this point started to look good as our groceries were as low as $120/week, unless we splashed out and bought yummies like biscuits or cakes, but no ice cream as our caravan freezer wouldn't freeze it! The fuel budget we managed to keep to $100 for the week as we just sat and enjoyed the kids, watching them play and pan for gold in the creek, with only the odd outing here and there. It was at Creswick NP with its silence and peacefulness that I started investigating the Australian Curriculum in order to lesson plan for the boys following year of education.