22nd March – Lake Wyangan, Griffith
Leaving Gum Bend Lake, we travelled via Lake Cargelligo and Rankin Springs to Griffith. As we had to drive through town to get to our camp spot at Lake Wyangan, we decided to stop for lunch and a look around. The bakery offered lovely fresh looking fare and we were well satisfied with our choices. A brief walk around and we were on our way again.
Griffith is a prominent wine growing area and the vines growing in the main street provided shady places to sit.
We managed to squeeze both vans in at the lake edge. There were only a couple of other campers and despite the perspective in the photo we were not taking over the covered eating area.
The lake has been formed over a disused mine site and is very popular with the local fisherfolk who bring their boats out at all hours of the day to try their luck.
Adjacent to the lake picnic and camping area was what appeared to be a deer sanctuary complete with the usual domesticated animals such as this peacock.
The birdlife on the lake was prolific. Lots of pink eared ducks, egrets, Eurasian coots, purple swamp hens and dusky moor hens. The dead trees provided nesting sites for red-rump parrots, welcome swallows and starlings.
These pelicans glided serenely around by day and then roosted in the dead trees for the evening.