06.04.2014 - 07.04.2014 25 °C
Day 22 Mildura to Hattah
Daylight saving ended at 2.00 am this morning so we were supposed to have an extra hour in bed last night. Didn’t make much difference though as our internal clocks said it was time to get up and so we did.
We left Mildura and travelled a long way down the road to Irymple (7km) where we stopped to purchase some dried fruit at the Angus park shop.
On then for another 10 km to Red Cliffs to have a look at “Big Lizzie” which was built early last century to help clear some of the area around here for fruit growing. It took 2 years to drive this monster from Melbourne as every time it rained it got bogged as well as many breakdowns. It travelled at the great speed of 2 miles per hour.
Lunch and then onwards to 1 km from Hattah where we have stopped for the night in a roadside rest area.
We had our first campfire for this trip at Hattah Rest Area. It was lovely to sit around at ‘Happy Hour’ and have a beer or wine.
Day 23 Hattah to Nyah
After a nice quiet rest at Hattah well off the road we drove on down the Calder Highway to Ouyen where we stopped and had a good look around the township. There were some very good murals on a wall including an interesting one of how they used to transport water for the irrigation of the area by rail.
We joined the Sunraysia Highway and drove to the town of Speed before arriving at Lake Tyrrell which is a salt lake where they extract over 100,000 tone of salt a year.
It is very desolate country and quite windy so we drove on towards Nyah. On the way the road decreased to single track bitumen which means that if we meet oncoming traffic the largest vehicle stays on the ‘black top’ and the smallest gets off onto the gravel. It gets a little confusing at times especially if the oncoming vehicle doesn’t know the rules.
We continued on to the small town of Nyah where we will stay on the banks of the Murray River in a free camp for 3-4 days to have a rest.