Road trip across Australia – Day 11 Lakes Entrance

It was a cold, clear morning when we left Teesdale bound for Queenscliff to catch the car ferry to Sorrento on the east side of Port Philip Bay.
The drive to Queenscliff, which is also on the Bellarine Peninsular, took about one hour, and we took a route which managed to bypass central Geelong.
We reached Queenscliff at about 9.45am, and the ferries leave on the hour. It wasn’t at all busy when we arrived, as there were only about a dozen or so vehicles on the ferry, so we did arrive in ample time to catch the 10 o’clock sailing.
It was a simple breakfast on board, in the passenger’s lounge, as we enjoyed the 45-minute trip on calm seas. As we neared Sorrento we could see where Melbourne’s elite holidayed as there were some magnificent mansions occupying prime spots near the water, many with their own jetties and boatsheds.
From Sorrento we followed the road around the bay as far as the town of Dromana, where we started to head inland to connect with the Princes Highway to Gippsland. The bayside towns seemed to be very pleasant, and obviously catered for more of an upmarket clientele. I was amused by the large number of privately-owned, garishly-painted bathing huts which dotted the various beaches. Apparently they are a Melbourne tradition and can be quite expensive to acquire, but they do hark back to an earlier time when bathing was far less casual than it is now, and seem to be something of an anomaly in this day and age.
Once again Victoria’s roads, even those so close to Melbourne, were a disappointment. As we passed some very rich and abundant agricultural land we kept on getting those signs warning us of rough roads.
Once we got onto the Princes Highway near Packenham, which for the first few dozen kilometres or so was of freeway standard, we managed to have quite a good run. We got off the freeway at Drouin to have a short break, and when we re-entered the road we kept looking for a speed sign to give us an indication of the speed limit. That’s when we realised that Victoria doesn’t have many speed limit signs on its main roads, and for much of the time the correct speed limit depends on guesswork.
The road is pretty good until you get to Moe, which is when you start to hit a number of towns, where the speed limit drops to 50kmh, and even 40kmh in school zones. From Moe until about Traralgon, a distance of about 32 kilometres, the going is pretty slow.
We continued driving until we reached Lakes Entrance, where we decided to stay the night. Lakes Entrance is a small port and tourist town that has quite good facilities. We stayed close to the centre of town, but only a few hundred metres walk to the water.
Bad weather was expected later that night, but the evening was very still and quite warm, so a stroll along the water was very refreshing after a long day’s travelling. The bad weather did arrive later on in the night, but we were pretty snug by then, and couldn’t have cared less.

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