Soooo....as I was saying, we finished up at Ranelagh House and continued on. As we were leaving town, we saw Gallery Serpentine where they sell all manner of corsets and Victorian dresses and other lovely costumy type stuff that makes you look TEH PRETTAY. We were going to go in and try on some stuff but by that time we were a bit sweaty and icky already coz it was a warm day, so rather than soil teh clothes of loveliness, we just continued on our way.
We began the first installments of two fun car games - the Windmill Game and the Roadkill Game. I chose not to take part coz I am undeniably crap at such things so it was really between J and Sarah. I don't remember who won, suffice to say there are a lot of windmills and a lot of roadkill between Wollongong and Melbourne.
Here we are singing "Life Is A Highway" just outside Robertson (I think). That song is now attached to this road trip in my memory now, hence why I put it in Road Trip: The Movie.
Our next stop was the picturesque town of Berrima, which we didn't end up stopping at but oh well. Because it's us, and we aren't too smart are independant and not worrywarts, we were basically just following our noses (we didn't buy a map til we got to Goulburn) we were going off J's memory of how she got there last time. (Personally, I think such escapades are fun because when we're old we can say that when we were on our mid 20's we tried to driving to a town one of us had been to only once before and we had no idea where it was and we nearly got lost and died...well, we didn't nearly die but come on, that's just dramatic and when you're old you're allowed to stretch the truth a little).
We were just about to turn around when we saw a sign that indicated we were close and we FOUND IT, YAY. And it really is a beautiful little town. I wish we'd taken photos! It has a gorgeous old courthouse and an old jail which is still being used, which is unfortunate, because if it wasn't it'd make a kickass place to go check out. And there are all these cute little houses and stuff. Like I said we didn't take photos but here are some pics of when J went there the first time:
An old house.
The Surveyor General Pub, which has the longest continual liquor license in Australia.
We then continued on to Goulburn, on the way dealing with CDs That Did Not Work because the cd player didn't like some of them since they were ripped. Also, according to my notes I said a memorable quote on the way to Goulburn: "Some people can smoke all their life and not die". lol. I don't even hardly remember what I was talking about.
We arrived in Goulburn and made our way to the tourist information centre for the purposes of picking up a map. Me being the natural-therapy hippie that I am picked up some lavender massage oil and some pure massage oil for the elimination of headaches. Can I just say right here right now that everybody we met in Goulburn was NICE. The lady at the information centre, and all the other people we met in Goulburn were so NICE.
Also, we saw signs there informing us that Goulburn is on Stage 5 water restrictions. *gasp* I come from Melbourne where we're on Stage 4 but STILL. Stage 5 is so harsh. Poor Goulburn people.
As I was saying though, at the information centre we found a pamphlet for the Old Goulburn Brewery (according to that website it's called Bradley Grange but wtf, we saw no signs for Bradley Grange anywhere). We decided to check it out. OMG THAT PLACE ROCKS. I'm so glad we went. It is really quaint and pretty and there are chookies pecking around the place. See?
(If you can't hear it, J says at the end here, "Yes, we know you're a rooster, you don't have to talk!" coz it kept crowing).
On our way in we did a little sign defiance.
There were also penile-shaped cactuses in the garden but sadly I don't have any photos of those.
Inside there was this beautiful courtyard in the midst of these old stone buildings and it was really pretty.
This is the tower of one of the buildings.
They had a lot of weird non-Brewery related stuff in their museum there...I think it was coz the guy who built the Brewery was a scientist and into Nordic folklore or something like that? He managed to prove he was a descendant of Vikings or something...so there was a Viking ship.
The next room was decked out like a school room, apparently they get kids coming in from local schools and they spend a day learning like kids did in the olden days. They get to dress up and everything, how cute. And it even had slates which, in the words of Sarah, are "the kind of slate you smash on Gilbert Blythe's head".
On the walls were murals of knights and stuff, which I just found really cool.
We then wandered inside to the restaurant they had there which was this gorgeously quaint little place where there was an old guy behind the bar and three other guys having a meal. It was very cool (temperature wise) in there and nice and cosy and relaxing and felt like such a refuge since it was so hot outside. The guy behind the bar was LOVELY. He was your typical friendly country bloke-in-a-pub, he showed us the three brews they made there and let us taste test them. The ales they make are REALLY REALLY yum. We had one each and would have bought some bottles but didn't really have enough money, but seriously...if you ever are in Goulburn BUY THAT BEER LIKE OMG.
Here I am enjoying one (I was drunk but I look it don't I).
So we sat down to lunch. A copy of the Goulburn Post. Did you know that the future lies in crematoriums?
And here is J talking about the place.
After lunch we went exploring a bit more and ran away from - I mean, lost Sarah ;) and went looking all over the place for her and the BEOTCH WAS AT THE CAR. :) Grrr. Oh well. Alls well that ends well and we got back on the road.
Other memorable quotes from Goulburn:
- "Me and Sharah sared a plate". - J
- "What sort of farming do they do around Goulburn?" - Me "Sheeping". - Sarah
- "Are you writing about my schmick u-turns?" - J
Now it's J's turn I believe...coming up next, THE BIG MERINO!