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It was a busy day! Heading into Wentworth we stopped first at 10 Mile Creek.
An anabranch is a section of river that branches off then rejoins further downstream.
A true survivor.
The old bridge built in 1867.
This old bridge was used until Feb 2003!
On the wrong side, easy to get in , hard to get out!
After that stop we headed staright to gaol!
In the stocks.
Sounds in the cell were intense!
The eye is upon you!
Awful conditions, especially for the poor.
Maybe they were hoping to pacify the prisoners.
Oppressive atmosphere, even now.
Bend over and take your punishment!
Aboriginal tools and artefacts displayed.
The first “prison”.
After the gaol we went down to the riverbank precinct.
The River Darling joins the River Murray at this point.
Wentworth River Cruises boat.
Glenn Jones, country singer in action.
Audience looking the part.
John Egge cabin boy, cook, merchant and boat captain.
It was time to head back to the oasis, there was …..
The muddy sheep to get moving.
Rams to check.
Tracks to follow.
Chooks to feed.
Tractors to park.
A bike to ride.
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There are plenty of interesting places to see around our base at Dunedin Park and water beckoned.
A lovely camping spot beside the river at Frenchman’s Pump.
Water from this river is pumped to the house. An amount of water is allocated by license.
Tall trees line the river.
This Pelican was saved by a camper who found it trapped in discarded fishing line years ago.
Lovely view upstream.
After filleting the fish the carcase is left for the Pelican.
Next stop was the Regulator on the Rufus River which controls the flow of water from Lake Victoria into South Australia.
Various species know this is an easy place to catch a meal.
Man and his dog
Lake Victoria was the final stop for the day.
Wetlands near the lake.
Sandbags stop erosion of the banks.
There were many clashes with the local people when Overlanders came.
Sandbags prevent erosion of the banks.
Mosaic done by local schoolshildren at Wentworth Public School..
Mosaic done by the Riverina Institute TAFE.
Mosaic done by Dareton Public School.
Back at the Oasis there were still things to see and do.
Gemma rounding up a chook.
A Wattlebird in the Bottlebrush tree..
Old laundry to explore.
A ewe recued from a muddy dam had to be unloaded.
A mud clogged ewe to try and move.
Old machinery to check out.
Dogs to exercise.
And then ………
A wonderful sunset at the end of the day.
We had an invitation to visit a sheep station and thought this was a good occasion to do it so off we went. I was a little worried that Crock 2 might find it difficult travelling about 400 kms in the back seat of a car with a Westie sitting beside her. I needn’t have been concerned.
Fergus has found a new friend.
Our first stop was at Karoonda, where the silos were painted in June this year so the colours are beautifully vivid.
Close up of the Kelpie
Silo Art by Heesco Khosnaran.
Apparently UK signs are far more subtle.
The Big Ram, Karoonda.
As we drove closer to the River Murray the agriculture changed to irrigated crops.
Acres and acres of vines.
View from the bridge with the old ferry or punt, as we called it, down below.
The Big Orange, we thought it was closed.
We made a wee stop at Renmark then soon afterwards we were on a dirt road.
Letting some air out of the tyres.
Plenty of grids to cross.
Near Chowilla – site for a proposed dam Dad helped survey in the 1960s.
“Well actually the road is through MY paddock.”
Back onto bitumen and Yeah! the whlte 44 gallon drum Mailbox. We’ve reached the driveway.
Arriving at our destination there were friends to meet and relaxing to do!
Playmates who also like to run and run and run.
An oasis with toys to be found.
No question about how the plane got up there!