Category Archives: Southern Australia 2014

Menindee

Flanked by the Darling River, Kinchega National Park and an overflow lake system, Menindee was a real highlight of our journey inland. From river red gums to sand dunes, water birds to emus, this place has it all.

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Storm moving across Lake Menindee

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On the Main Weir Road

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A rainbow bee-eater

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Lake Pamamaroo

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Burke and Wills expedition set up base camp at the Pamamaroo Creek, where the smaller group with Burke and Wills formed to continue their ill-fated journey north.

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Scenes from Kinchega National Park

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Old Kinchega Woolshed

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Sunset from our camp site

Broken Hill

One night stop at Broken Hill, or silver city included a look at some of the mining history and local arts. No cycling on this leg of the journey with temperature at 38C.

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The Line of Lode makes an imposing town silhouette

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Broken Hill Trades Hall building from 1905

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Browne’s wooden head frame dates back to 1890’s and is the oldest remaining head frame in Broken Hill

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Landscape around Junction mine

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Site of first hut built by Broken Hill mining company (who became BHP) May 1885.

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Pro Hart gallery entrance (above) and Rolls Royce (below)

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Wentworth (NSW)

A short drive to the oldest port on the Murray River and the place where the Murray and Darling rivers meet. After settling on the bank of the Darling River we rode the bikes along the Thegoa Lagoon and Reserve, saw where the rivers meet, toured Old Wentworth Goal, visited the museum and climbed the dunes of the Perry Sandhills (a famous filming location). A beautiful, tranquil place to rest for the night.

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Darling River (left), Murray River (right)

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Yellow rosella

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Thegoa reserve track

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Old Wentworth Gaol

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Perry Sandhills

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Mungo National Park

Today we went to Mungo National Park, part of the Willandra Lakes Heritage Area and traditional lands of Paakantyi, Mutthi Mutthi and Ngyiampaa people. A place with a rich, cultural history going back over 40,000 years ago. After being welcomed to country, we walked the Walls of China tour before driving the 70 km across the lake floor, saltbush, mallee country and dunes. A wonderful experience of a very special place.

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These emus and galahs enjoyed the watering hole at Vigars Well.

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Mobile dunes near watering hole.

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Old Zanci Homestead site

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Mildura (Vic)

Past two nights spent at Apex Park, Mildura by the Chaffey Bend  state forest. The caravan park was nestled among the river reds and opposite a broad, sandy beach on the banks of the Murray River.  A great bike path followed the river for miles. Well maintained and lots of wildlife.

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This goanna was a little camera shy

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Shingleback lizard

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A local kite

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A vineyard from Mildura, one of the largest wine regions in Australia

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Enjoying the sandy beach at Apex Park

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Barmah Forest (Vic)

A Ramsay site of river red gums, wetlands and flood plains. Very quiet and basic camp site in a beautiful place.

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Majestic river red gum

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Pelicans with Little Black Cormorants and Little Pied Cormorants on the Murray River

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Pelican and Little Pied Cormorant

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White necked heron

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Common eastern froglets that we found under bush litter

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Campsite with bush toilet

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Muster yard

Old cattle muster yard near camp site

Canoe tree

An Aboriginal canoe tree on the traditional lands of the Yorta Yorta people