Way to Mildura and the Citrus Picking
Before heading Mildura we made a short trip to Mount Danenong which was recommended by Jared, our personal camper advisor who helped set up the van. Mt. Danenong is the highest point on the valley (633m above sea level), right at the top there’s a rest area with barbies and camping desks, ideal place for a Kiwi and a Gaucho to have a late lunch just before the sunset, which was amazing by the way! We could see an astonishing view of Melbourne as the big fireball drifted into the horizon.
After the sunset, the darkness caught us sneaking into the back door of a camping area, the front door was closed! Great start to our first night in the van! We celebrated with red wine and chips and then went to sleep in our dear “Rocky”. Before leaving the Melbourne area we had to fix the high beam lights of Rocky, but the parts that we needed were delayed so we had to wait another day. That night we stayed in a campground where we had a visitor right next to our van! Around ten o’clock in the night a possum was wandering around us, looking for some food and having a feast on the pasta that escaped our meal. The next day, we finally got our lights working and it was now safe to start the long drive to Mildura – where an infinity of mandarins were waiting for us!
It took us two days to get to Mildura, because we stopped on the way on different campgrounds. On the first day, we made it to Bendigo where we decided to spend the night on the Greater Bendigo National Park. It was a great decision because we had a lovely time there. A Kangaroo came right next to us while we were having dinner, we could see him wandering around jumping from one side to another, he looked happy as Larry! After a mean brekkie with coffee and omelettes we went for a walk on the bush, after a great day we kept on heading north!
Finally we got to Mildura!
Our stay at the first work that we got was quite short! Only two days of Mandarin picking until we moved on to another citrus fruit that paid a bit better – oranges, but even still not that much more money.
The days passed by working on the orange picking and staying at Scott’s, our new landlord who also turns out to be our boss. He let us stay in his shed for free where is a toilet and a shower, just what we needed after long hours of orange picking!