For the love of Gundagai

It’s Easter Monday, Anton and I are off on a road trip or babymoon if you like, initially we were planning to leave yesterday but were consumed with the Easter festivities and the food coma that didn’t allow us to leave. We tossed up about where to go for this little vacay as our options are limited given we are taking our dog, Penelope. We just couldn’t leave the little Queen at home.

Typically unorganised we pack our bags at 9am on the morning we decide to leave, a suitcase each including one for Penelope as she strategically parked herself in the case ensuring she wouldn’t be left behind.


The length of the trip to Canberra, the destination for our first sleepover has been debatable. Both Anton and I have driven it before on separate occasions, I can’t remember how long it took but he seems to think eight hours, according to the phone map it’s 5.5hrs, people we’ve spoken to have given us a time frame between 6 and 8 hours. That’s a big gap! The way I see it is, if Anton is driving the trip will be 8 hours and if I drive the trip will be 6 hours – he is a much more cautious driver than I.

We hit the tracks at 1130am straight up the guts of the Hume Highway, it’s not much of a scenic drive and in an attempt to get to Canberra as quick as we can we aim for minimal stops.

Our first quick pitstop is at one of the many servos, a stretch of the legs and we are off again. Holbrook NSW is our next stop, it’s a slight detour off the highway but we grab a cuppa and one of the many yummy bakeries and check out HMAS Otway.


We jump back on the highway and the rain starts to creep in as we get to Snake Gully, about 8km from Gundagai, New South Wales – can’t help but get a photo of the Dog on the Tucker Box aka Penelope on the Tucker Box.


The lightening and the rain heavily sink in as we take a one lane highway into Canberra. We arrive at about 7pm, it’s freezing and pouring rain. Finally, I get to see where Anton lives in Kingston and meet his two housemates, Belynda and Sam. Kingston is an on trend part of Canberra with a bustling food culture, similar to South Yarra, Melbourne.

We get saturated unpacking and build up an appetite for Portia’s Chinese conveniently located at the block of shops across the road; chats and Chinese make it a night in with the roomies.. x

Anna Owens is the founder of ownsit! A mama working in Community Development and Partnerships Education. Anna is a colour crazy, creativity enthusiast who loves to design, collect shoes, eat & travel.. x

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