Hey g'day gang! Reporting from the Gungahlin area in Canberra, having arrived from Melbourne (en route to Sydney) around 4 hours ago. Good to be back in NSW/ACT!
My fiancee and I managed to catch a lift (by sheer coincidence lol) with a friend who happens to be heading on a long-distance road trip from Melbourne to Port Macquarie, Coffs Harbour and Tamworth (via Albury/Wodonga, Canberra, Sydney and Newcastle) at the exact same time! Lol timed perfectly!
My report for the past 24 hours...
Our friend arrived to pick us up from Belgrave in the Dandenong Ranges around 7am. After having brekky and tidying up and locking up the house, we left home shortly after 7:30am.
An hour later we reached Lilydale, then exited metropolitan Melbourne and drove north along the Melba Highway through the Yarra Valley and over the Great Dividing Range, reaching Yea around 9:30am.
Just after 10am, we continued on from Yea. Because of limited traffic going towards Lake Eildon, we drove through Bonnie Doon towards Mansfield, then north up the Midland Highway to Benalla, rather than going towards Seymour.
Unfortunately, there were plenty of roadworks on the Goulburn Valley and Midland Highways, but by midday we finally reached the M31 Hume Freeway (Melbourne-Sydney).
We stopped for lunch in Glenrowan near Wangaratta around 20 minutes later and stayed for nearly an hour. Just before 2:30pm, we finally crossed the Murray River from Victoria into New South Wales at Albury/Wodonga!
Around 10 minutes later, my fiancee and I were dropped off at the train station (our friend is still spending the night at the Border btw). The V/line bus to Canberra showed up around 4pm, and after waiting for passengers aboard the train from Melbourne to arrive, the bus left the Border for the Capital around 4:20pm.
The bus stopped at Holbrook around 5pm, Tarcutta at roughly 5:45pm, and finally Gundagai for a 5-minute toilet break around 6:15pm. About 2 hours we finally reached Canberra; we crossed the NSW/ACT Border just after 8pm btw!
Weatherwise, it was a bit of sharp contrasts. It was around 11°C at home when I left, so it felt cold! There was patchy morning fog in the Yarra Valley (mainly towards Healesville and the Black Spur), but otherwise skies were mostly clear and sunshine was abundant.
Continuing north over the Divide, it was warming up very quickly. By the time we reached Yea it was around 17-19°C. At Swanpool, south of Benalla (around 11:45am), it was 24°C. By the time we were in the Glenrowan/Wangaratta area at lunchtime it was around 28°C, really hotting up out across the Northern Plains! But all the while I noted increasing cloud due to the trough over inland NSW.
Temperatures soared to around 32°C at the Border, but cloudcover (plus higher elevation from Gundagai to the Capital) caused temperatures later in the day to fall down into the 20s for the remainder of the journey. A stunning sunset followed to greet us as we arrived in Canberra!
Maximums and minimums at weather stations along or near the route we took from Melbourne to Canberra, as well as for Corryong where my parents are still based:
Melbourne - 13.6°C / 20.6°C
Scoresby - 8.3°C / 23.7°C
Ferny Creek - 9.1°C / 19.7°C
Coldstream Comparison - 6.8°C / 24.6°C
Mangalore - 12.6°C / 28.5°C
Eildon - 9.5°C / 26.8°C
Wangaratta Airport - 13.0°C / 31.4°C
Albury Airport - 16.4°C / 31.8°C
Corryong Airport - NA / NA
Khancoban Airport - 12.2°C / 31.1°C
Wagga Wagga Airport - 13.7°C / 31.9°C
Canberra Airport - 15.5°C / 27.5°C
Currently around 18°C and mostly cloudy here in Canberra.