Friday, September 29, 2006

Broken Hill Holiday ... Part Four

After packing up quickly, before all our tents blew away, we headed off around 10.30am for Lake Mungo National Park. More dirt roads, some quite nasty. We stopped at Pooncarie for a light lunch before turning off to the National Park. Unfortunately, we ran over a rather large (probably very poisonous) snake, which happened to be in the middle of the road. We were almost on top of it before we saw it. We were worried it had wrapped itself around our axle or something, but it remained on the road (thank goodness). It was still very windy ... getting windier ... didn't bode well for our visit to Lake Mungo !!

As we entered Lake Mungo National Park, we came across a family of emus ... mum (or dad, who knows !!) with a bunch of chicks. The ran away, but I managed to get this photo of them.

As we got closer to a formation in the park called The Great Walls Of China (nothing like it's namesake !), it got windier, and windier. We got out of the car to take photos, and were almost blown over, and got sandblasted. I managed to get a few photos of the weird landscape, though ...

We drove around the Lake Mungo National Park a while, but it was too uncomfortable to be outside of the cars. We decided against camping here (I don't think we would've been able to get the tents up, and who knows how long they would've stayed up !!). We were going to stay here for two nights. Bugger !!

So, we headed off, back to Mildura (on the Murray River, on the border of New South Wales and Victoria). There was a country music festival on, so finding accommodation was a challenge. We had decided to drive on, and head to Swan Hill, when we found a motel just out of town, in Gol Gol. The rooms were lovely, we had a balcony, and this was the view out of our window (the mighty Murray River).

We had a lovely dinner at the Gol Gol hotel, had a few drinks in our room afterward, looking through photos on my laptop, whilst the guys watched the footy. A reasonably late night, and a fairly early morning. The others had decided to head off home early, and we decided to head down to Bonnie Doon to finish our last couple of nights at our caravan.

It was a long drive, but an easy one ... all on asphalt roads (which was a luxury after what we had been travelling on !). We travelled via Swan Hill, Echuca, Shepparton, Euroa, Merton and on to Bonnie Doon.

On the road between Euroa and Merton there were the most spectacular hills, full of granite boulders. I have always loved this stretch of road. This photo is not one of the best views, but from a moving car, this was one of the best photos LOL.

We finished off with a restful couple of days of R & R at our van, before packing up the car for a final time on Monday, and heading back home.

It was a wonderful, wonderful trip. It never ceases to amaze me the amazing sights there around this beautiful country. Even in areas where there appears to be nothing ... there is always something to see. I don't imagine I will ever see all there is to see in Australia, but I am darn well going to try !!

I hope you have enjoyed this little travelogue on our brief holiday to outback Australia. Thanks for taking the time to visit with me on my blog. I hope to get back to normal programming shortly, and will be by to visit you all over the weekend.

Take care, my wonderful blog-friends,



Merle said...

Hello Connie ~ What great posts about your trip. The photos show so many different scenes of our land. You have
done very well with the story and photos. All very interesting, thank you. Also thanks for your comments,
glad you enjoyed your visit. I sure
enjoyed mine here. Take care, Merle.

Anonymous said...

Hi Meow, It is a joy to visit someone who takes the same delight that I do in our wonderful country. your description and photos are ALMOST as goog as being there.

Anonymous said...

Very interesting and great photos, the chang of scenery from photo to phot is just amazing. Thank you for sharing.Margaret

Meow said...

Merle ... thank you. We have a very diverse country here in Australia, don't we !!

Peter ... thank you. How can one not delight in all we have over here. It is just an amazing place.

Margaret ... thank you. Glad you enjoyed it.

Take care, Meow

brian said...

Oh I don't know Meow, I am really enjoying this programming.LOL What beautiful and spectacular country you traveled through. Thanks again for stopping by my blogs. Have a great weekend.

Tab said...

WOW! Some of those pictures look like a completely different planet
don't they?Great pictures Meow!
Thanks for sharing~

Meow said...

Brian ... thank you. It is a really beautiful country ... you'll have to come over sometime.

Tab ... thank you. I thought Lake Mungo looked kind of lunar, in a way. I imagine it would look like that on the moon (only less wind !!).

Take care, Meow

PEA said...

Hmmm you sure you weren't on Mars or some other planet? lol Those taken near the Great Walls of China are simply could tell how windy it was by the sand you can see blowing around! All the pictures are fantastic again and it's no wonder you enjoyed your trip so much! Thank you so much for sharing it all with us, very much appreciated to see how other countries look like. Come over here, I'll show you how cold it can get here! lol Didn't go much higher than 8C(46F) here today!! Have a wonderful weekend:-) Hugs xoxo

Jeanette said...

Hi Meow
you have had a wonderfull holiday, and captured so many beauifull photo's of the outback and great comments on your travels.
looks like you didnt travel along the Murray going through Yarrawonga.
Take care, Jen

CiscoKid said...

I am loving all these pictures, Thank you for sharing.

Meow said...

Pea ... thank you so much. It did look like another planet, when we were at Lake Mungo ... a very bizarre place !! You know, it is not hard to get beautiful photos when you are in such a beautiful country (but then I am biased !!). Looks like you are heading toward Winter ... I imagine it can get very very cold (a cold we cannot imagine here !!)

Jeanette ... thank you. No we didn't get to Yarrawonga this time. Looking forward to spending some quality time vegetating on the banks of the river soon, though !!!

Ciscokid ... thank you so much. Glad you are enjoying them.

Take care, Meow

Pennys from Heaven said... have been BUSY..!!! Thanks for sharing your photos...

Maps are very interesting...Great Work! Great Trip!! And thats the fun of blogging...


Meow said...

Peg ... thank you. Glad you enjoyed it all.
Take care, Meow

Fruitful Spirit said...

This has been a very enjoyable read! Your photography is just spectacular. All the shots from the moving vehicle were good, so keep doing it! The pictures of the park are just unreal! You are sharing something I will most likely never see in my life. Just wonderful. The map really helped put a picture of the route you took in my mind!

Please note I have moved my site off blogger and to my own domain. Just remove blogspot from my url and you will find me! Have a great day and a wonderful week!

Connie and Rob said...

Your pictures look like you took them possibly on different trips. Can't believe you were in the car and it changed so quickly...really neat pictures. Thanks so much for sharing.

Take care,

Meow said...

Fruitful Spirit ... thank you so much. It was a fabulous trip. I love trying to take photos from the moving car ... sometimes they work, sometimes they don't !!

Connie ... thank you. It was incredible how the scenery kept changing ... just amazing.

Take care, Meow