Benalla gardens Victoria

We are en route from Bellingen to Tasmania for our summer adventures. It’s been hot and windy through Victoria. I’m flying between joy and anxiety as the trip begins.
We’ve found a new swimming respite in Wangaratta by Ovens River then explored Benalla for a camp. The official camp (470 in the free camps Australia book)is dusty and depressing today so we head into town to a promising green patch by the river. Locals are fishing carp out of the Benalla lake.
We are relieved by the green promenade of the Benalla gardens. Soft grass and immense rose gardens of beauty scent and vibrancy. Roses and succulents rule the plantings. A great surprise and delight for me.
The playground is a great combination of retro equipment of the type removed from other places (a real seesaw with no handles, exclaims L) and newer framework. Lily finds a tree to climb and all is well.


Drawn After visiting Jugiong on the Murrumbidgee river and reading stories about bushrangers in the area in the late 1860’s. as we left town the Yass-jugiong-Gundagai mail coach pulled up at the pub drawn by two grey horses. Happy lily!
You can see more of Lily’s illustrations over on the L’illustrations page.