The drive back was looking a lot greener than when we did it in Feburary earlier this year! The Yarra Valley was looking stunning. Our first overnight stop found the Trakkadu AT, Jabiru 2S AWD and Trakkaway 720 at Toolangi Tavern.
Night two we set up camp at Lake Sambell Caravan Park, Beechworth. We had a few spots on the list to visit. First up was Bridge Road Brewers for lunch and a sample of their Beechworth Pale Ale. Food was excellent! Back at camp we had the ultimate fire pit going with water views and local butcher meat on the menu. The following morning we walked into town for a healthy breakie and delicious coffee at Collective. We were on the tail end of the rain setting in, so pack up was quick and we were back on the road to finish our tour of town. A must stop is Beechworth Honey, where you learn about the importance of bees and the history of the production as well as sample some really good honey.
Jugiong Showgrounds was our final overnight stop before home. There was plenty of space for us to pull up camp with Trakkaway 730 owners' Lisa & Roger Sherack but we have heard it can get real busy. Roger showed us through his custom built trailer (Paul Green, its even better set up than yours) and we gave the pair a tour through our Trakkway 720. Robert who oversees the area even brought around firewood. Dinner was across the road at Sir George, who specialise in local produce. The food and hospitality was excellent.
We were greeted with a brisk -1 degrees wake up call the following morning so those diesel room heaters got a good run.
Meet the road trip team...
Alex & Scott, who you may remember from the Big Red adventure, Olivia, Graham and son Harley from the Summer Trakkaway road trip and then we have Fuzzy and grandson Oli. Fuzzy has been a part of the Trakka Family for many years. Having owned 2x Sprinter based TRAKKA motorhomes previously, Fuzzy was the perfect candidate to be the first to test the new Jabiru 2S AWD.
The message from all three vehicles came back the same, particularly Fuzzy's reaction to the new Jabiru. Drivability and user experience was key to all three driving groups and all vehicles performed brilliantly. Efficient on diesel, handled freeway coasting and the ease of just packing up and getting on the road. The single bed layout suited Fuzzy perfectly, while the single beds in the Trakkaway allowed baby Harley to sleep comfortably in his travel cot at the rear of the vehicle as well. The Trakkadu gave the new bed mattress overlay another run and good sleep was reported by all!
Have a look at all three driving vehicles in detail: