For those that don’t know me, my name is Brendan Whitecross. Amongst being a player for the Hawthorn Football Club, I’m a huge outdoor enthusiast: boating, camping, fishing, 4×4 – anything outdoors and I’m there! 2015 is an exciting year for me, with a return to the football field after consecutive knee reconstructions, and off the field I’m extremely excited to be teaming up with Jayco to blog my family adventures in our new Outback Work ‘N Play Toy Hauler!
Blog 3: Cobram Cricket!
With the World Cup Cricket kicking off, and a perfect weekend of weather ahead, we decided to spend this months’ 3-day break relaxing on the magnificent Murray River.
There are endless towns and camping spots along the Murray, but we headed to a family favorite at Cobram, located about 260 kms north of Melbourne via the Hume Hwy. Towing our Jayco Outback Work ‘N Play was easy along the highway, and the Outback model is setup perfectly for driving through forest roads.
The Murray River is well known for its beautiful river beaches, and Cobram certainly doesn’t disappoint, with countless options and most suitable for caravan access. A great map of these sites is available for free at the Visitors Information Center in town, located across from Woolworths – or online. Depending on your preference for facilities and boat access, Scotts Beach, Horseshoe Bend and Dead River Beach are popular areas to stay.
Arriving in Cobram, we swiftly setup the van, opening the rear door, rolling out the front awning and creating a huge indoor / outdoor living space. With the sun shining and a light breeze coming off the river, the van stayed cool with the doors open – but most importantly bug free, with its mesh window and vent coverings.
The next and most important setup for the weekend was the Work ‘N Play’s TV and audio system. With only a few twists of the handle, our TV antenna was up and the World Cup Cricket was on! The TV / DVD is connected to the van’s audio system, which also has Bluetooth and iPOD features. With both indoor and outdoor speakers installed, we are able to set the TV sound to run inside, outside or through both parts of the van at the same time– meaning we could follow the cricket while enjoying the outdoors. This was especially useful when Cody went for his nap, as we could move the TV to our outdoor living space, or just transfer the volume to the outdoor speakers.
Cobram / Barooga are part of the Murray River’s Sun country. There are countless family outdoor activities that can be done in this part of the region. From skiing / boating along the Murray River, to fishing, swimming, canoeing, cycling, horse riding, great golf courses and plenty of terrific gourmet country stops. With plenty of sites to see in and around Cobram, we decided not to pack extra equipment for this short trip, except for a footy, cricket set and some inflatable swimming gear for the traditional river float.
We spent the next morning strolling around the center of town in Cobram – dogs with us. There are plenty of great shops and café’s to explore, and it’s only a short drive to visit the Big Strawberry for those that love beautiful homemade jams.
Back at camp we had a ball all weekend enjoying the river, relaxing, swimming, playing beach cricket –the dogs both great fielders, happy to bound into the water to retrieve balls. We also took a long walk up the river, finding a terrific spot to launch our inflatable boat so we could float down stream back to camp.
When we weren’t in the river, we took time to appreciated the stunning walking / bike tracks Cobram has to offer – our area also filled with Kangaroos and Koalas. Being able to setup the Work ‘N Play right on the river, creates a picturesque place to relax, where we got to watch the Cobba Paddle Boat cruise up and down river, and meet lots of other fellow caravan enthusiasts enjoying the area. Our Outback Jayco Work ‘ N Play is always a great talking point and we love to show people through the versatile van, and share the many ways in which we utilize it on our holidays.
As the NAB cup starts next month, it was great to spend a few pre-season recovery days on the river, but sadly a long weekend never seems like enough time here. It’s a perfect place for those heading out of Melbourne to find warmer weather and enjoy free camping areas, filled with family friendly activities and the local charm of Victoria’s country towns.
It’s certainly going to be a tough decision on where to take the Jayco Outback Work ‘N Play on our next 3 day break. However, with the start of the footy season fast approaching, we’ll pack our Mountain Bikes and enjoy one of the great riding trails that Victoria has to offer.