04.04.2014 - 05.04.2014 25 °C
Day 20 At Mildura
We all went in our car the Merbein and then on to Wentworth. We came across an old Convent school at Wentworth – it is a lovely old building which has been restored by the National Trust. It was built in 1911 and closed at the end of 1950.
We continued on the Junctions of the Murray and the Darling Rivers. The steel spiral staircase here was opened in 1991 which gave a great view of the confluence of these two mighty rivers.
We drove to have a look at Lock 10 where we had morning tea then visited the Information centre and obtained quite a bit of advice on the Fruit Fly exclusion zones etc.
We drove to Buronga to the Arid Zone Botanical Gardens and had a bit of a walk around especially the rose garden there. We came across a 2500 year old Eucalytus oleosa (or oil mallee) tree in the gardens. The large underground stem is known as a lignotuber and it survives and regenerates new shoots after fire. So while the lignotuber is 2500 years old the branches are closer to 700 years old.
It was getting late so we went back into town at Mildura and had a late lunch before returning to the caravan park.
Day 21 At Mildura again
We started the day with a trip to have a look around the farmers market in Mildura. Hiroe said that she wasn’t going to buy anything but that statement went out the window when we got there.
We came back to the vans for a late morning tea and then lunch before going to have a look at Lock 11 and the Mildura weir then on a river cruise on the paddle boat; Rothbery for a couple of hours which was very relaxing.
There are a lot of houseboats and paddle steamers on the river here at Mildura.
We saw the caravan park that we are staying at when we went down the river.
We had to go into town again to do some shopping as when we worked out how many days we have to go before arriving at any sizeable town after we leave here tomorrow we all decided that we needed to get some more food in our fridges.