A Road Trip To Cactus Country, Victoria
On a Friday afternoon Nick sent me a photo of a cactus wonderland that he found on the Internet. At first we thought it was somewhere in Joshua Tree, California but Nick looked a little deeper and discovered it was actually Cactus Country, Victoria, a 7 hour drive from Sydney. He suggested we drive there one time to which I responded ‘want to go this weekend?’ It was our 6th wedding anniversary on the Sunday so I thought we could make a weekend of it and to my surprise he embraced the idea. Usually I spend a lot of time researching accommodation and reviews before I go away however this time it was different. I was at work and we had to leave that night so Nick was in charge of finding us a place to stay.
We drove four hours to Gundagai and stayed the night at The Tuckerbox Motor Inn and then drove three hours the following morning to Cobram, Victoria where we checked into our self-contained cottage on a family’s rural property. Our host told us about the nearby wineries, river beach, strawberry farm and cafes and we were surprised by how much there was to do. Considering we had never heard of Sun Country before and that our itinerary only involved Cactus Country, we realised we were in for a fun weekend.
The anticipation was high as we drove to Cactus Country in sunny Strathmerton (after all, we had driven over 7 hours to get there) however it did not disappoint. Entry was $12 per person and we spent around two hours exploring half of the 10 acre cactus jungle. We had lunch at the onsite Mexican restaurant and ordered two servings of cactus cake (Nick and I don’t believe in sharing). Yes, the cactus cake is made from cactus flesh and yes it was amazing! We cooled down with frozen margaritas and Mexican colas and then ventured out to the fields again with our maps to explore the remaining routes. Each route is colour-coded according to the Cacti’s country/continent of origin.
Cactus Country owners Jim and Julie are the most lovely people. They gave us tips of places to visit and Jim gave us clippings of the cacti that we chose to purchase.