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My day started with a lovely sunrise.
Amazing, I’m the first one up!
After packing up and taking photos we were ready to head for home.
Time for goodbyes.
Our stop at Renmark was a little longer this time.
An astonishing floating conglomeration of objects.
There were Silkie bantams walking about on deck.
Sidewheeler, “The Industry”.
“Mrs Chookman” was an excellent musician with an astonishing repertoire.
Houseboats moored along the riverbank.
The Murray River Princess, a paddlesteamer, does cruises on the river.
After Renmark it was time for a little play at the Monash Adventure Playground. It’s very different from the original which was designed probably more for adults than kids, but insurance costs etc has made such an Adventure Park impossible these days. For those who never experienced the original this is a fun place to play for a while.
An artistic version of a log bridge.
Exciting for some, stress inducing for others!
There was a mini-stop at Loxton so I could get some photos of the pole sculptures.
Beautiful Gazanias have established themselves in many places.
On to Karoonda for something to eat before we investigated the Pioneer Village.
Buildings have been brought from various sites.
Not all Post Offices looked the same in the old days.
An original “homestead”.
Inside the “Homestead”.
Old wagon in amongst the Gum Trees.
And now we’re back home again.
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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.