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Weekend away in the new Rav 4 – escaping our big project.

Hi everyone,

Long time no posting here. We are really sorry for the hiatus but have been very busy with a big project.  Late last year we sold our family home (after living there for 30 years) and bought a block of land in Portarlington, Victoria.   Over the last 7 months we have been “owner building” ouir new home i.e running the whole building project, arranging all the trades people, doing all the dirty and boring jobs and generally getting in the way of people who know what they are doing.

It has been a full on project , often all consuming, often incredibly tiring or occasionally stressful…..  Hence Our Hiking Blog has taken a back seat.

September - Framing up

September – Framing up

Installing the verandah frame last week

Installing the verandah frame last week

Our view of Melbourne from the deck

Our view of Melbourne from the deck

Looking across Corio Bay and the You Yangs

Looking across Corio Bay and the You Yangs

The great thing is that the house is nearly finished and we will be getting back into bushwalking, hiking and travel very soon. We need it!

Last weekend was a long one in Victoria and when we were contacted by Adam from Toyota’s advertising company offering a test drive of the new Rave 4 we jumped at the opportunity to take it for a spin (and get away from house building for a couple of days)  The initial plan was to walk a couple of sections of the Great Ocean Walk but the recent heat wave killed that idea. We have just had nine days over 30c which is an all time record heat wave.

Adam gave us some of the advertising blurb to use if we thought it was justified.  It is bit “advertisey”  so we thought our own observations would be more useful.

The new Rav 4 looked a treat, smooth, stylish and very flash compared to my old Holden ute.

The new Rav 4 at Princetown after some sand driving

The new Rav 4 at Princetown after some sand driving

It was great on dirt tracks around the Otway National Park. There was plenty of grunt and clearance.

The All Wheel Drive held us on to the Great Ocean Road a treat.

It has a lot of the fancy techo stuff like a reversing camera built in blue tooth etc.

It seems very safe wih lots of air bags and other features.

If you want the rest of the details head over to the new Rav 4 site

Probably the highlight of the weekend was exploring the 12 Apostles.  The Great Ocean Walk finishes here and what a treat!  We took the photos below at 8pm where the sea mist was amazing.

12 Apostles looking west

12 Apostles looking west


12 Apostles in mist

12 Apostles in mist

Cheers and thanks to Toyota for providing the vehicle and accommodation.

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  1. G’day Frank. Congratulations on being so hands on with the new home and it looks beautiful. Now I know you not much of a car person, but there are a couple of things that I would genuinely like to know. 1. Was it a diesel or petrol? 2. Did it have much grunt? By which I mean could it tow a trailer or reasonably load comfortably, especially through the hill?

    Great to see you posting again!

    Cheers Jules.

  2. Hiking Tim says:

    Sounds like quite a project. I love those photos of the coast. It looks magical.

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