U3A Healesville

University of the Third Age

Hit the Road Group


Why not ‘Hit the Road’?

Most of our members will know something about ‘Hit the Road’ but I would like to tell you a little about what happens in this exciting and adventurous activity. ‘Hit the Road’ is a group of U3AHealesville wanderers who visit diverse parts of Victoria, or
even outside of Victoria, several times a year. It is a varied group of people, couples and singles, who travel with tents, caravans and use booked accommodation. In previous years we have made a number of trips to places as widespread as the Bogong High Country, the Big Desert and the Eildon foreshores.
This year we have held two adventures. Back in February a group of about 43 members of  the ‘Hit the road’ group visited Phillip Island, staying at the Newhaven Caravan Park.

More recently about 25 travelled to Avenel just north of Seymour. Wherever the group stay, they like to get to know more about the area they are staying in, for example: during their stay at Phillip Island, the group visited Churchill Island and learnt about its history and the
changes that came with the bridge connection to Phillip Island. They visited the Vietnam Veterans Museum, assisted by Doug, a Vietnam navy veteran. But mostly people choose ‘their own adventures’, from local bushwalks, to local shopping, or taking it easy back at
home base.  ‘An unknown traveller’, one of the Phillip Island ‘Hit the Road’ adventurers, provided the following notes on the trip:
Monday: Travelled down through Pakenham, a lovely drive, mostly a bush setting. Catch-up at 5 pm: drinks and a barbeque with salads and sweets to share. Then out came the instruments – ukuleles and banjos. It’s a singalong.
Tuesday: after a day of ‘choose your own adventure’ we went to the Rusty Water Brewery for dinner. There were some lovely beers!
Wednesday: out for a drive, checking out Churchill Island, Woolamai and, of course, the Nobbies. Then, in the evening, we all went to the hall, and it was time again for the instruments: ukuleles, banjos, guitars and even a lagerphone.
Thursday: Sadly, we had to leave. We had made and reconnected with so many friends on this trip. A great time was had by all.
Most of the ‘Hit the road’ tours are for four to five days and are timed for outside of school holidays. Most tours are within Victoria