First stop on our drive was the small town of Yarragon, approx 1.5 hours from Melbourne. This town is located on the Princes Highway and is basically just one strip of about 50 shops. I've stopped at this town many times before, and about 10 years ago I discovered an almost complete set of Bond books I'd never seen before, the Jove Barnett Plotkin series, from the Yarragon Bookshop. Here's some photos of the store from my last visit in 2012.
We soon hit the road again and after a couple more hours found our apartment in Metung. This was a photo taken from our balcony the next morning.
"Avakoum Zahov vs. 07" by Andrei Gulyashki. I'd never seen this book before and since then I've learnt it's even rarer to find outside of Australia.
Next day we visited Bairnsdale which is about 30 minutes from Metung back toward Melbourne. But being a Sunday the Bairnsdale Bookshop was closed. So we bought some fish and chips for lunch and headed back to our apartment in Metung.
This being the last day of our getaway we headed back home to Melbourne. On the way we also stopped in a town named Sale. The Carousel Book Exchange And Baby Wares has heaps and heaps of well organised books, however I could only find the Faulks and Fleming omnibus books shown below. I spoke to one of the owners of the store and talked about world affairs (while my wife sat patiently outside in the car). Basically we solved all world problems during that 15 minute conversation !
All in all it was a very relaxing weekend away. Metung is a great place to stay and I highly recommend it. Futhermore, while I didn't acquire any new Bond books on our weekend away, it was great to see some old second hand stores still happily operating after all these years.