From the caravan park we could walk down to the Darling River. We joined a paddle boat cruise on a replica Paddle Boat, driven by diesel electric propulsion. As the paddles are driven by two separate electric engines, they can run in opposite direction, giving the boat extreme manoeuvrability.
On the way down to the Darling, we came across this tree that is very popular with the birds. In this photo you can see three different types of birds. The white bird is a Spoonbill, the one on the right is some kind of Heron and the top bird is a snake bird or darter. The snake bird gets it’s name from the fact that it’s body is submerged when it swims and only the long neck and head are visible, looking like a snake.
The clouds in the background announce the rain that was going to come over night.
If you look carefully you can see two battens attached to the pole. The lower batten (I was told it is yellow) is the height of last year’s flood. The higher one (white) is the height of the flood earlier this year.
Overall this was a very pleasant trip on the boat. The captain gave excellent commentary and we enjoyed the slow cruise on the Darling.