FOLLOWING THE MURRAY RIVER TO MILDURA
Trip Start Oct 05, 2009
325Trip End Oct 31, 2013
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BARHAM LAKES CP
NYAH HARNESS FREE CAMP
BURANGO RIVERSIDE CP
JOURNEY: Barham, Swan Hill, Nyah (2 days), Robinvale, Mildura -336kms
WEATHER: Cold nights, cool days, sunny, cloudy and rainy
We set out at 9am from Barham, and the sun shone for a while after a wet night. We got back onto the Murray Valley Hwy and enjoyed the blossoming fruit trees, vineyards and vegetable fields along the way.
20% of Australia's stone fruit is grown in this area.
Swan Hill was an attractive town and we found the trendy riverside Spoon Caffe a comfortable place to relax with a coffee. The sun was shining but it was cool and we didn't linger long. The Swan Hill Gallery was exhibiting modern tapestries and we inspected some interesting hand made jewellry in the shop.
Next stop was the tiny town of Nyah where we found the "Nyah Harness" recreation oval for our free camping stop. The camping area is next to the Nyah-Vinifera Forest which had a lovely walk along the Murray to an abrupt bend/turn in the river where the river runs along side itself. The Murray seems to twist and turn very frequently and makes for interesting navigation.
A football match was in full swing when we arrived but peace and quiet reigned from then on. We did notice a couple of harnessed horses trotting around the track on Sunday but no races.
Despite the regular showers, cool temperatures and cloud we enjoyed our time here. Somewhere around this area the first rice was planted in 1905.
MONDAY AUGUST 8
On a wet and misty morning we had intended going to Hatta-Kulkyne NP but because of the conditions we decided to drive onto Mildura.
Just out of Nyah we came across a plantation of bat willow at a place called Wood Wood; apparently there are 20000 trees in the plantation, you can invest if you want and the wood is used to make cricket bats. We thought it was very scenic and we had never encountered this tree before!
We stopped at Boundary Bend, another twist in the river and by this time it was raining hard.