Australia has plenty of road trip options, and that is why I will be starting this series of all my road trips around this beautiful and huge country.
A road trip is one of my favourite things. Your friend calls and says ‘Wanna get out the city for the day?’, I jump at the chance.
That’s how I spent my last Saturday, at Turpin Falls. Hidden at the end of an inconspicuous dirt track about 70 minutes from Melbourne, this is not an easily found place.
As soon as we got out of the city, the sun was shining, we cranked up the road trip playlist and it felt amazing to be back on the road, if only for one day.
At times you wonder if you are heading the right way, we got told about this place from a friend, and when you turn onto an industrial estate you do begin to wonder if it even exists.
But carry on, and wait for the bumpy dirt track. That’s when you arrive, still nothing to indicate a waterfall or swimming hole that you are now gasping for after the hot drive.
Head down the path, down some steep set of stairs, and then you’ll see it.
Turpin falls is a billabong with very high rock walls on three sides. It is very large and full of fresh water to swim in. A lot of people bring floats to enjoy floating in the crisp water and enjoy the sun. We didn’t know this, so didn’t bring a float. I was very jealous of all the other floats so I’d say pick one up cheap on the way!
To me, the reason I love this place was how hidden it was. It seems in the middle of no where, yet isn’t too far from built up Melbourne. You feel free on the open road, not too many cars passing, even the falls itself is mostly full of Australian locals.
It’s a great way to spend a free day and makes you feel close to nature within the rocky and grass covered areas surrounding the water.
We packed some food and a beer and lazily spent the day relaxing.
Cliff jumping is very popular here, but it is advised not to as the water is murky and rocks are hidden. I personally chose not to jump.
Once the sun began to go down it was only a short walk back to the car and a chilled drive back to Melbourne.
All in all a perfect road trip if you find yourself in Victoria or the surrounding area.
It was exactly what I needed after working all week, to get out of the busy city, open the car windows, and sing along to my favourite music. Getting back on the road is always very freeing to me. It reminds me I am travelling. That I can get up and go at any time.
It relaxes and excites me. It’s amazing what a swim in fresh water and a bit of sunshine can do for you.
But what about the cost?
This road trip is so low cost all budget travellers can do it! Pack yourself a picnic and lots of water, maybe a cheeky beer! Then all you need is a car, split the cost of petrol and you’re done!
What hidden places have you ever road tripped to?
‘Til next time, happy road tripping!
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