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Oceania » Australia » Victoria » Mildura December 1st 2018

Here we are about to set out on our 3rd Murray navigation. From Mildura to Murray Mouth. As you all know we spend a lot of time planning these trips. First we have the spreadsheet that details the itinerary, fuel stops, overnight stops, locks and all the shopping items. We called every tourist office to check on fuel availability. I was a little disappointed when Sally at Renmark (the last one I called) said “let me just check my fuel stops on the Murray sheet”. Now we’ve done this 3 times and no one has ever mentioned the fuel stops on the Murray sheet. I said can you send me a copy of it and she did. This sheet has completely de-risked the whole trip! Another area that Brooksie, Mike and I discussed at length was ... read more
That tyre was only 12 years old!
Duct tape! A mans best friend.

Oceania » Australia » Victoria » Mildura August 8th 2018

Well we left Melbourne Saturday morning and after stopping in Wycheproof at a beautiful country shop for lunch, Bakery on Broadway, for a delicious sausage roll and chicken korma pie, onward bound to Mildura arriving around 4.30pm. Its a long drive but we hadn't done it for I reckon around 20 years. We swapped a week of our timeshare at Pt Nepean Country Club for a week at the Sunraysia Resort, a great resort and they had an orientation talk on the Saturday just after we arrived, lots of info of what to do etc, very informative. We have a lovely 2 bedroom unit with everything you need for a weeks stay. Saturday night had a lovely meal at the Workers Club. Sunday headed out to Red Cliffs to the Sunday market and came back with ... read more
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Oceania » Australia » Victoria » Mildura January 4th 2017

Victoria, a Australian state boasts some of the most vibrant towns and cities known to anyone. Mildura being one of the larger regional cities situated along the Murray river has a population of around 30,000 and can swell to around 60,000 and even more during peak holiday season. The city has towns surrounding it making it look a whole lot bigger. Some of these towns are Merbein, Irymple, and Red cliffs to name a few. The area commonly known as the Sunraysia region boasts some of the best sceneries considering it's a remote area. The journey from my hometown of Whyalla, In South Australia took about 6 hours at 610KM distance. The route takes you through the flinders ranges in South Australia right up through the Riverland, also in South Australia till eventually you arrrive in ... read more
Mildura all seasons caravan park camp kitchen.
Houseboats
Midura river

Oceania » Australia » Victoria » Mildura May 28th 2016

It wasn’t intended (which will become a theme for this trip), but Marg got to have her birthday at home which was nice, but the journey waits for no (rude) man – or old woman for that matter, and we headed off on Friday 19th. Since our last trip, Geoff has been fixated with getting the van and car (at least) a little closer to being legal. We have moved water tanks, adjusted what we carry and a heap of other things including asking the chassis manufacturer for advice. That meant that we had to make a stop on our way out of town, but it was fortunately in the direction that we were heading. All very complicated, but we did leave with something to lower the front of the van which should improve its handling. ... read more
Christies Beach, Echuca
Christies Beach
Mildura, Chaffey house 'Rio Vista'

Oceania » Australia » Victoria » Mildura October 23rd 2015

Trentham Cliffs is a little place near Mildura on the NSW side of the Murray River. This has become a favourite place for us to stop as there is a caravan park within walking distance of the Trentham winery and restaurant. The food here is divine and with our love of food we just have to visit. On the afternoon of our arrival we decided to go bush walking in the King’s Billabong national park. After all those hours driving we wanted to stretch our legs. The quaintly named Duck Foot Lagoon walk is 6.6km round trip so that was perfect. The wind made King’s Billabong too rough for birds but the smaller sheltered waterways were active. Duck’s Foot Lagoon must be one of the nicest wet-lands we have ever seen. The photos tell the story ... read more
One of the stunning wetlands in King’s Billabong national park.
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Gazing out of a bird hide at King’s Billabong

Oceania » Australia » Victoria » Mildura September 4th 2015

Entry 2 – 4th September. Mildura Vic My pace has been leisurely, the advantage of having three months up my sleeve and no need to hurry. It has also been of necessity somewhat slower than anticipated due to the onset of a cold and the need to be kind to myself and take it easy. All good. I am camped on the banks of the Murray River once again – back at Psych Pumps in the Kings Billabong Park at Mildura. But I've yet to look at and process those shots .... perhaps they will feature in a future blog. Last night I stayed at Lake Benanee just outside of Euston, NSW, a beaut little free camp rest area. There was some drama there just as I arrived last night. A semi-trailer road train had got ... read more
Crossing the Hay Plain Big Sky Country
Crossing the Hay Plain Big Sky
He's stuck

Oceania » Australia » Victoria » Mildura January 9th 2015

Merry Christmas and Happy new year from Sunny ( but for today really wet) Red Cliffs, Victoria. After a few days in Cairns I flew to Adelaide to meet up with my best friends mum and dad Tina and Martin who were in Australia visiting relatives. Tom had arranged it so that I would arrive unannounced and surprise them. I walked in and nearly gave Tina a heart-attack as she was not expecting to see such a familiar face 16,000 miles away. I was then mothered for the next few days and taken under their wing as one of their own with clothes washed and toiletries and medicine supplies replenished. As I had been been on the road for the last month or so, I decided that it was probably best that I should go and ... read more
orange bin
redback
orange  tree

Oceania » Australia » Victoria » Mildura October 8th 2014

After enjoying our days beside the Murrumbidgee River, it was time to head south and west to Mildura. For us, we wanted this to be a special highlight with several things to see and do. The journey took us back through dry region pasture (wheat and cattle) until we came back to the Murray River. All of a sudden, we were back in highly productive fruit and viticulture, particularly on the left side of the road which was closest to the river and irrigation system. The area around Mildura is known as Sunraisia. It is just staggering the area under intense cultivation. But Mildura was not about horticulture, but the historical paddle steamers on the river. Putting a time line on the history here is interesting. The six of us were booked for a lunch cruise ... read more
Start of the eclipse of the moon
 Rothbury leaving Mildura
Murrumbidgee sunrise

Oceania » Australia » Victoria » Mildura September 25th 2014

We’ve left South Australia behind us and headed back into Victoria now. Tonight we are camped at Murrayville, a little town in the heart of the Victorian wheat belt which they proudly proclaim as you drive into town, is the gateway to the Victorian outback. And it’s raining. Today we have had our first rain while travelling, apart from the very first day when we left home. You just have to rejoice over the rain. This country is so parched and thirsty. In fact, the longer we stayed in the Riverland, SA, the more aware we became of the terrible hardship inflicted on that region because it is so deprived of water. In my blogs, and in my search for beautiful sights to photograph, I have concentrated on the beautiful and the amazing. But, as the ... read more
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Oceania » Australia » Victoria » Mildura September 19th 2014

Mildura has tripled in size since I last saw it back in the late 90s. Leaving the peaceful banks of the Murray River at Merbein last Monday morning and driving into Mildura was a shock, a non too gentle reality check and reminder of the surburban sprawl that is creeping too fast through this beautiful land and devouring natural habitats and destroying the landscape. Traffic lights, vehicles driving too fast to who knows where, new housing developments and untidy vineyards and orchards sprawling across what were once beautiful Mallee plains. To be honest, I was very disappointed in Mildura and its surrounds and was pleased to move on when we did. Our time in that area was probably not helped by the weather … the winds howled and the temperature dropped again making it difficult to ... read more
Sunset on the Murray at Psych Pumps
Grape country
What strange dance is this beneath the veil




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