The passing parade
Our lunchtime spot in Echuca was a great vantage spot to watch these lovely old paddle steamers pass by.
Our first night away from Tocumwal was at a quiet little spot 5km out of Moama, on the NSW side of the Murray opposite Echuca. Houseboats and speedboats plied the calm waters until just on dark. The following afternoon saw us settled into a lovely little rest area at Leitchville. We’d read (on Wikicamps) about the friendly, helpful locals, but nothing could prepare us for the actual experience. We walked to the post office to send birthday parcels to grandchildren, and then started wandering in search of some geocaches. We were asked if we were lost. “No, just exploring” we said. “Have you seen the barbed-wire man?” we were asked. On hearing our negative answer we were invited into the front of the ute to be taken to see the creations of Ian – the barbed-wire man. Ian left his work-in-progress to proudly show us around his garden with award-winning farm art sculptures. We were then directed to the local hall to see the pioneer garden. The local historians proudly displayed the names of the pioneers of the area in a lovely garden setting. Wally and his ute returned to collect us so that we could learn about the cheese factory.
Not that it's a roadway but this is what River Red Gums are notorious for. We had driven along this track about an hour before.
Kraft used to employ 300 local people (there’s definitely not 300 people in town) and now the huge building sits locked and dormant. The football field, lush and green, was the next highlight. We learned about the football team’s drinking habits more than any football scores. Wally then drove us back to our van, making sure we understood that the pub served great lamb shanks. Alas, our dinner that night was already planned – barbecued Goulburn Valley pork steaks. Back at ‘camp’, enjoying the late afternoon sunshine and Geoff turned up to water the gardens and have a chat. Time for dinner and as Peter prepared to barbecue, Betty arrived with tourist brochures and loads of local history stories. AMAZING! We were flabbergasted. After breakfast we made sure we left our donation and comments, and purchased some bread rolls and THE BEST VANILLA SLICES from the bakery. We abandoned all thoughts of attempting to do some geocaching because we would be 1. unable to go undetected, 2. followed and/or 3. picked up! We will never forget our time at Leitchville. Travelling around Australia could be made much more enjoyable if more local communities and/or councils would follow the example of
A 180 degree bend in the Murray River
the residents of Leitchville, Victoria. Our next destination had a lot to stack up to.
Nyah looked promising on Wikicamps so we headed there. At the Harness racing track, on the riverbank, in a tiny little tin-pot town, the local community have taken responsibility of providing a great spot for travellers to stay for up to 7 days. The drive through the Murray River Reserve along the bank of the river took us to some amazing scenery. Travelling towards Mildura we called in to another amazing spot by the river. The red river gums are amazing trees and while Peter was taking lots of photos, Wendy just stood in awe. If only these trees could talk, what stories they could tell!
Ah, Mildura! Civilization. Caravan Park. Shopping. Washing the car and clothes. Following a job prospect we drove out to Wentworth, past the amazing Perry Sand Hills and out to “Fort Courage” a fishing camp/caravan park. Some relief managers had already been appointed but we enjoyed being given a guided tour of the facility. All around these parts there are photos of very proud fisherpeople displaying ENORMOUS MURRAY COD. Funnily though, no-one is catching much of anything these
Sunshine and stunning scenery
By now, we were due to be back in Werribee South in a week, so we headed south and away from the river. A few nights with our friends at Mockinya was sounding like a good idea, and we could get the truck serviced in Horsham. We were lucky enough to be there for another MX5 run to Halls Gap for another brunch and the weather was perfect. Everyone needs to have friends who own two MX5’s! Awesome day.
We arrived back at the Werribee South Caravan Park on Wednesday 25th
March to start work the next day. We were there for 3 weeks and then we travelled to Murray Bridge S.A for the Campervan and Motorhome Club of Australia - CMCA rally. This was our first rally with the club so it was quite interesting. We enjoyed Rock'n'roll dance lessons each day and bought ourselves a diesel heater to keep us warm when we can't run the air-conditioning. It was really quite cold and damp weather. Peter is having a fun challenge installing it. Since we were in the neighbourhood we popped over to Adelaide to visit the kids, and then we'll mosey on up through
The hammock FINALLY makes an appearance
Neither of us can remember using the hammock since we left home almost 6 years ago.
the Barossa Valley. After that, the Murray River beckons again, before we have to be back in Werribee for one week in June. BBRRRR!
Can you believe that we have had our van for 6 years?!?! See more photos below.
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