It's still cold
28.06.2016 - 02.07.2016 15 °C
We left Narrandera at the usual departure time and travelled to Hay where we had lunch before calling into the old railway station to view the World War 2 POW museum. It was very interesting to see the photos etc of where thousands of German and Italian folk who were living in Australia at the time were held because of the fear that they would help the other side. As well, many Jews were transported from the UK for the same reason then later Japanese folk were also held here from all over Australia including Broome in WA. After the war they were all sent to Japan even those who were born here and never been to Japan.
They seem to have stopped farming rice along here and have changed over to Cotton. Whilst both take large quantities of water out of the Murrumbigee River, Cotton probably gives a greater return. These bales are very large - 2.4 Metres across
From Hay we travelled Balranald where we will stay for the night in a free camp behind the Information Centre where there are free hot showers etc.
Along the way there were many emus and after last years confrontation with emus hitting the side of our van I was quite cautious.
Day 4. After departing from Balranald we continues on to Mildura in the State of Victoria where we all did some essential shopping the drove on to Merbein Common Campground on the banks of the Mighty Murray River. The sites here are not very level but with a bit of back and forward we managed to get setup.
The Murray River
Pommy Bob, Peter and George having lunch
Pommy Bob at Merbein Campground
Poor George is having trouble with his 240v + gas water heater in his new van and we don't know how to fix it so he is going to have to boil the water for washing in a billy and pour it over himself.
Day 5. June 30. We left Merbein Common and drove the short distance to Wentworth, Called into the Info Centre then had morning tea on the banks of the Darling River where it meets the Mighty Murray.
We continued on northwrad towards Pooncarree and 30 Km before Pooncarree we turned off the bitumen to Mungo National Park on a dirt raod for 65 km.
We set up in the main camp and had a quiet night.
Day 6. July 1. The next day we drove around the 70 km loop road to have a look at what is left of Lake Mungo and the first stop was at the China Wall Lookout.
Continuing on we drove to Red Top Lookout where severe erosion is taking place.
On then to Vigars Well where in the old days Cobb and Co coaches called into to water the horses. The sand dunes at the back of here are very large.
Back to the camp and a big campfire for the night.
Some lovely ringtail parrots near the campsite as well as kangaroos
Day 7 July 2. After returning the 65km back to the bitumen road we drove into Pooncarree where we filled all the water tanks and had morning tea. Hiroe found a childrens playground and had to test out some of the apparatus.
On then to Menindee where we had to drive another 95 km on dirt roads. They had had a considerable amount of rain here recently and we were lucky that vehicles had been though here before us and compacted the road.
We refuelled in menindee and have drived to the weir cmpsite here where Burke and Wills camped on the treck north.
There was a lovely mural on the side of the Info Centre in town
Well folks, Thats it for now. Stay well
Bob and Hiroe