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Big Bend Lookout on the Murray to Mildura

semi-overcast 25 °C

Day 18 Big Bend Lookout on the Murray to Martins Bend near Berri
What a rough night it was last night. During the night a VERY heavy wind came up and really shook the caravan, it was quite scary. As well, all the windows and vents were open since it was so hot when we went to bed. Had to get up and close them all as the wind was driving the rain into the van.
There was a Houseboat on the river below our campsite as we were about to leave this morning.
Anyway, after surviving the weather we departed Big Bend lookout and headed for Loxton. What a nothing road this turned out to be – absolutely nothing to see at all. We saw less that 2 dozen cattle in the 90 km drive. Pommy Bob saw 2 emus which we missed.
Loxton turned out to be quite a nice tidy town on the banks of the Murray River and we had lunch down near the wharf area.
We continued on to Berri and the stopping place for the night at Martins Bend Rest Area. This is a lovely area with lots of River Red Gum trees and she oaks on the banks of the river. Lots of ducks as well, or as our Pommy mate would say – “Dooks”.

Day 19 Martins Bend near Berri to Mildura
We left the free campsite at Martins bend after a nice quiet sleep. It certainly is a great site.
We drove into Renmark and were a little disappointed as the roses are all past their prime and the town was extremely quiet – don’t know where everyone is.
Onwards to the small town of Parringa where we had a look at Lock 4 on the Murray River and also a large barge undergoing a face lift.
We continued on to Mildura and booked into a caravan park here for 3 nights. It may be longer – it will all depend on what we do here. As we were setting up a paddle steamer the PS Melbourne chugged by.

Posted by Bobnhiroe 00:33 Archived in Australia

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