The second episode of the What’s Up! Downunder Summer Series took us from Merimbula NSW, down the coast to Marlo.  To be honest, I had never heard of Marlo before and wondered what we would find in this little coastal town.

We asked Mr Wiki and he said that Marlo is a small village in the Gippsland region of Victoria, Australia. It is located east near the mouth of the Snowy River where the Snowy River meets and flows into the Southern Ocean. Sounds fabulous! Off we went!

The drive from Merimbula to Marlo was beautiful. Wayne and I enjoyed some quiet time as the girls slept most of the way.  Tuckered out from all the fun and adventures we had in our first few days.  Rolling into Marlo felt like we were on the set of a classic Aussie series, you know the type…”gorgeous coastal town where everyone knows your name!”. We immediately felt relaxed and calm.  Maybe it was the impressive coast line, the quaint pier, the ripper pub on the hill? The perfect place to drop the legs on the van and ENJOY.  Happy Hour was a fun filled night with the caravanners and crew.

When we set up at the Marlo Caravan Park we were so impressed with the sites.  GREEN is an understatement.  Lush lawn sites that were separated by a high hedge which was fabulous for privacy. Little playground for the kids, great space for BBQ’ing and clean facilities.  What more could you ask for.  A short walk to the waters edge – fishing, looking for seals and feeding the pelicans.

A 15 minute drive up the road is Orbost – we had a lovely day exploring this little town in the heart of Snowy River country.  This area is surrounded by national parks, forests and beaches. We recharged with a cuppa in one of the local bakeries and say G’day to one of our Travel Journal stockists at the Orbost Newsagent.  There were lots of galleries and historical sites dating back to the last 1800’s.  We love towns that have information boards at historic markers.  The kids get a real kick out of hearing about the ‘olden days’.

The Marlo Pub was another highlight.  What a night we all had there. We celebrated Fireman Ron’s Birthday and all enjoyed an amazing meal followed by fun, games and loads of dancing.  The Marlo Pub has an impressive balcony that gives you a wonderful view of the sun setting over the coast line.

Wayne and Ashlee had an incredible time cycling with Snowy River Cycling with Angie, Tania and the crew – an activity that they both highly recommend!

Other great things to do around the area according to Visit Victoria.

Snowy River:
Take a drive into the Snowy River National Park through tall forests to get a good look at the Little River Gorge – Victoria’s deepest gorge – and Little River Falls, a 600-metre high waterfall.

Stunning surrounds:
See dramatic coastlines, sheltered bays, and endless golden beaches at Cape Conran Coastal Park – this is where we watched the crew and Macca have a surfing lesson that made us all laugh so hard.

It was fabulous to experience an area of Victoria that we may have over looked.  Small country towns relay on tourism and we can’t wait pop into more of them on our adventures…




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