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.
Storm moving across Lake Menindee
On the Main Weir Road
A rainbow bee-eater
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.
Scenes from Kinchega National Park
Old Kinchega Woolshed
Sunset from our camp site
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.
The Line of Lode makes an imposing town silhouette
Broken Hill Trades Hall building from 1905
Browne’s wooden head frame dates back to 1890’s and is the oldest remaining head frame in Broken Hill
Landscape around Junction mine
Site of first hut built by Broken Hill mining company (who became BHP) May 1885.
Pro Hart gallery entrance (above) and Rolls Royce (below)
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.
Darling River (left), Murray River (right)
Thegoa reserve track
Old Wentworth Gaol
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.
These emus and galahs enjoyed the watering hole at Vigars Well.
Mobile dunes near watering hole.
Old Zanci Homestead site
Moved across the Murray to Buronga, gateway to Mungo National Park. Spent time river fishing with a few feathered friends and a quick bike ride through a maze of dirt tracks to the Mildura Weir.
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.
This goanna was a little camera shy
A local kite
A vineyard from Mildura, one of the largest wine regions in Australia
Enjoying the sandy beach at Apex Park
Travelled from Swan Hill to Mildura via Ultima, situated in the northern Victorian mallee country and central wheat belt. A special Ultima Centenary pays tribute to the faith and courage of the town’s pioneers.
Pental Island lies between the Murray River and Marraboor River (little Murray), about 5 km from Swan Hill.
Pental Island Holiday Park is part of a 160 hectare property that runs along the Murray
The property includes a historic shearing shed
and a ‘fun & fitness’ trail…..
…….there is also Mal, the Holiday Park’s sulphur crested cockatoo
A Ramsay site of river red gums, wetlands and flood plains. Very quiet and basic camp site in a beautiful place.
Majestic river red gum
Pelicans with Little Black Cormorants and Little Pied Cormorants on the Murray River
Pelican and Little Pied Cormorant
White necked heron
Common eastern froglets that we found under bush litter
Campsite with bush toilet
Old cattle muster yard near camp site
An Aboriginal canoe tree on the traditional lands of the Yorta Yorta people
Nesting Galahs in a river red gum
Horseshoe Lagoon, Moama
Paddle Steamer, Emmylou travelling along the Murray River from the Echuca port.
Long-billed Corella’s at Horseshoe Lagoon, Moama
A three level wharf on what remains of the old Moama Wharf site.
Australian Black Duck swimming at Horseshoe Lagoon