Monthly Archives: April 2012

Kinchega National Park

Sunrise on Saturday was not as spectacular as the previous night’s sunset – but still pretty good. We went up to Menindee to explore the area to decide whether it would be worthwhile to come back one day and spend … Continue reading

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To Broken Hill

Leaving Mildura Caravan Park we had a bit of a mishap. We were parked close to a tree and when pulling out I couldn’t see any way to avoid the tree with the back end of the van. I probably … Continue reading

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Murray River Cruise – Visit to winery

We stopped at the winery Trentham for a tour of the winery, a wine tasting and a BBQ lunch. Enjoyed some beautiful red, nice steak and sausages. The Panna Cotta dessert wasn’t bad either! The roses in the garden were … Continue reading

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Murray River Cruise – Scenery

And here just a mixture of some of the scenery we encountered. The photo with the blue sign attached to a tree, indicates the kilometres to the Murray River Mouth.

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Murray River Cruise – Birds

We saw lots of birds – here are some of my bird photos.  

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Murray River Cruise – Boats

I really enjoyed the cruise up and down the river Murray from Mildura. The landscape was changing all the time. I also enjoyed the many birds and bird nests we encountered along the way. I took many photos. Our cruise … Continue reading

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Mildura

On Wednesday, Anzac day, after good byes to Faye and John we had an easy drive to Mildura, in part, I think, because it was a public holiday and there were few trucks on the road. I remember Mildura from … Continue reading

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Banrock Station – Winery and Wetland Centre

We drove up to the Banrock Station Wine and Wetland Centre some 30km from Loxton, a pleasant drive along the Murray River. Most of the drive was along the same road we had travelled from Loxton to Burra some days … Continue reading

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Loxton Historical Village

We spent Tuesday in Loxton. After a visit to the local bakery (cappuccino and raisin toast) we visited the historical village in Loxton. The village is very well done with commentaries being played as you enter each exhibit. The local … Continue reading

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Monday – back to Loxton

On Monday after all the goodbyes, we travelled back to Loxton to stay with the same couple that we camped with on the way from Kerang. Easy drive along minor roads. John arrived shortly after we had driven into the … Continue reading

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Sunday – last day of the Crystal Brook Unofficial Weekend Escape

Sunday started with breakfast cooked by the local Fire & Rescue organisation as a fundraiser. Other activities had raised funds for this organisation. Rest of the day I spent resting my ankle – ie. not doing very much. We had … Continue reading

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Charging Batteries with Generator

Due to cloudy skies, charging batteries on generator. I was surprised how quiet it is.

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Crystal Brook – Historical Walk

On Friday we went into Crystal Brook with the intend to go for the historical walk. As the information centre was not open when we arrived, we went for a coffee in the local bakery. I had a custard horn … Continue reading

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Neither Trees nor Trains

Not much that didn’t fit the categories train or trees. One of the pictures is my shadow. I liked the truck parked along the road – we encountered so many on the roads.

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Trains

All the photos in this post are somehow related to trains. Crystal Brook is an important railway hub. All the trains going north to Darwin go through here. All the trains between Perth and the eastern states go through here. … Continue reading

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Trees along Crystal Brook creek bed

If you had enough of my tree photos – don’t look at this post… All the photos are of trees along the creek bed of the Crystal Brook which gave this town it’s name. Currently, as most of the time, … Continue reading

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Thursday Geocaching at Crystal Brook

Today Lesley did the washing (I helped a little bit…) and we relaxed around the van. We searched for a couple of geocaches and managed to find them both. Well I didn’t – it was the people that joined me … Continue reading

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Crystal Brook camp site

Camped at Crystal Brook. As you can see, Lesley has done the washing in our new twin tub washing machine.

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To Crystal Brook

It was a short drive to Crystal Brook on Wednesday. Arrived in Crystal Brook Caravan Park. Set up camp in 36 degrees midday sun. Did a bit of shopping in Crystal Brook. Bought lamb chops from the local butcher. Met … Continue reading

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Burra Historical Town

Burra is a place full of history with lots of old buildings still preserved. It is also a thriving centre which preserves this historic place. We walked through the town and admired the many buildings. Had coffee in the Gaslight … Continue reading

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Burra

We arrived in Burra early afternoon. Burra is familiar territory for us as we have been here twice before. The showgrounds were actually in use for some horse activity and the camping in the showgrounds was not possible. Instead we … Continue reading

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A picture of Erich

Kay posted an image of me signing the GeoCache log at the Bottle Bend. As I never have pictures of myself, I decided to post it here… Copyright Kay. Used with permission.

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Ferry Crossing

On the way to Burra we crossed the Murray on a ferry. All ferries across the Murray are considered part of the road system and there is no charge. We couldn’t all fit onto the one ferry – this picture … Continue reading

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Loxton – Monday Morning

After an enjoyable evening under the porch in Loxton we had a quiet night. No traffic to be heard! In the morning we had some good chats, picked some fruit and then we were on our way to Burra.

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Loxton

On Sunday we left Bottle Bend fairly early. Here are a couple of photos just before leaving. Although the river is flowing quite fast, on the opposite side of the river the water was like a mirror. We travelled via … Continue reading

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Problem with text

The last couple of blogs for some reason were published without the text that I sent. I have now edited the posts with the text, should you care to go back and read them. The posts concerned are Tooleybuc and … Continue reading

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Bottle Bend

Overnight we stayed at the Bottle Bend rest area, a peaceful spot off the highway on the edge of the Murray. Beautiful evening light and sunset. And then a nice sunrise. Went off in search of a geo cache and … Continue reading

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Tooleybuc

On Saturday morning, after having had a look at the local markets, we drove on the NSW side of the Murray to Tooleybuc. A nice little town with an excellent bakery I hear. Instead of joining the others for a … Continue reading

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Bottle Bend NSW

Lighting the campfire at sunset.

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Last Happy Hour in Nyah

On Saturday morning we will be leaving Nyah. This is the last happy hour here. I enjoyed Nyah with our new found friends.

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Nyah West

Norma’s Salon has long been closed – the pharmacy is still going. The West End Cafe – closed This former shop front doesn’t even have any signs any more.

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Australia’s first rice farm

  But the short detour was worthwhile, despite the dirt road that almost negated our car wash. It also offered a photo opportunity. This might have been the dam supplying the water for the rice farm.   There was a … Continue reading

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An other walk along the Murray

view of the Murray Statue in a park on the Murray   Duck in flight   Pumping station pumping water for irrigation from the Murray   Windows in the pumping station Doves? Bird? Dried flowers   Little Flowers   Grasses … Continue reading

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Trotting Practice

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Done our washing

Just used our little washing machine (twin tub) the first time. Was fairly straight forward – carried 2 x 20 litres of water from the tap, which was plenty to wash and rinse 2 loads. Should dry nicely in the … Continue reading

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Nyah Village Hall

Went for a walk into the village and checked out the couple of shops. Bought a loaf of bread.

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Nyah

  Arrived here yesterday and formed a corral with 4 vans. We are camped at the trotting grounds of Nyah, very close to the Murray (or is it just a sidearm?). Had a good evening, chatting with each other. Very … Continue reading

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Lighting the camp fire

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Sunset

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At Nyah with friends

Just a 1 hour and 20 minutes drive from Kerang.

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Easter Monday at Echuca

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Around the campfire

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Moonrise

On Saturday night there was a beautiful moon rise. To be able to take shots, I increased the ISO – unfortunately this introduced some very visible grain. All the same I thought the photos were nice.

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Drive around Kerang

  I quite like the scenery around Kerang. On Saturday afternoon I took a short drive to the north of Kerang to take some photos. Although I took quite a few photos, I was only happy with a couple of … Continue reading

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Pioneer Settlement – Swan Hill

On Saturday morning we went to the markets at Murrabit. A huge market that brings many visitors to the little town. From Murrabit we crossed the Murray into New South Wales and drove partly on dirt roads to Swan Hill … Continue reading

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Geocaching

  This morning we went for the search of some GeoCaches. Looked for 3 caches – found only one. My second find ever. I enjoyed the drive in the countryside and the little walks. The third cache led us to … Continue reading

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No Photos – again

The caravan park is not inspiring to take photos – nor is the surrounding area. We haven’t ventured much outside. Only trips have been to Saveway in town for groceries. During Thursday lots of caravaners arrived. We chatted with some … Continue reading

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To Kerang

Mosquitoes and other bugs were quite bad at Wanganella Creek so we didn’t hang around in the morning. By lunch time we arrived at the caravan park in Kerang. We will stay here until Tuesday. There is an unofficial gathering … Continue reading

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More Wanganella Creek

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Wanganella Creek

This morning we were on our way by 8am. It is so much easier when you don’t unhook the caravan from the tug. We followed the Newell Highway to West Wyalong, where we left it behind to take the much … Continue reading

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