We spent one night at Lawson, where the daffodils were beginning to bloom, to unpack the van then headed out to Clandulla where as expected the wattle welcomed us home. That's the end of this trip, I hope to retire before we set off again.
From here is was a quick drive along fast familiar highways to home and I began to think of yellow things … the canola just beginning to flower, the daffodils I expected to find in my garden and the winter wattles welcoming us home.
We were having a coffee at the bakery and I noticed a sign on a hotel saying it was a Cobb and Co coach stop. That got me wondering if there was a hidden Royal Hotel in the town. A quick google revealed not that hotel but this derelict one as the former Royal.
We decided to stay a couple of nights at a favourite campsite by the Murumbidgee River and nestled between the wonderful old wooden bridges at Gundagai. I am hopeless at taking iPhone photos, that's my finger in the shot.
We stayed a few days at Tocumwall, delaying our inevitable return home. Down by the river we found this mural and asked a young man who photographing the flood whether he was chasing Pokemon (the craze had just begun at the time) and he said no but his mother-in-law was up in the bushes stalking one. The Latter Day Saints missionaries said they would prefer to talk to people than catching Pokemon but it turns out their phone wasn't capable of it anyway. My phone only chases email and I was getting tired of the rigours or working travel.
From Castlemaine we explored Maldon. It's all old gold towns in this area. If you look carefully at the window below it says Royal Hotel … yay my first Royal for the trip, though just a Fergie (former Royal).
We took the historic railway between Goolwa and Victor Harbour where there is a horse drawn tram out along the causeway. This area has a nice feel about it, I think it would be buzzing in the summer time.
Sadly this is the turning point of our trip, we are now on our way back home but still lots more to see. I don't know what I expected to see in the Eyre Peninsular but I think was was surprised by the amount of green farmland.
The landscape is fascinating changing from flat semi-arid land to green rolling hills in the course of a morning. We have visited these places on our last trip to South Australia so were not tarrying for long in each of the towns. Talking of the lovely old town of Burra, I said remember the big wind farm - it didn't look at all impressive on this day as most of it was enshrouded in cloud. We couldn't resist a quick visit to sleeping town of Terowie which so fascinated us last time we were here. The photo of old cars is still the most visited post in this blog.
In South Australia there is a distinct change in architecture and certain arid feel to the landscape - you can tell these places are hot in summer but were beautiful in the winter. Winam asked to know more about this town so here is a quick summary - according to the web population is around 2000 but it felt smaller than that. It has mostly old homes and shops similar to the above. It's close enough to Adelaide to attract weekenders, in newer homes on the other side of the river. There is a ferry crossing the river, an old wharf similar to that at Echuca (but not in great condition) and a historic railway station. The town is very neat and tidy and the locals seem to take a lot of pride in their history.
I picked Morgan on the map just because it was midway between where we were and where we wanted to go. It turned out to be a delightful old river town beside the Murray, a lovely spot to spend a couple of days.
We threw out fruit to enter Victoria and restocked only to find out we were going to have to throw it out to enter South Australia and this time they were checking vehicles. Fortunately we had been warned and ate up what we had. This landscape shot is deceptive. We saw plenty of vineyards and orange groves. But as you move through South Australia the landscape constantly changes.
Hay Plains We are crossing the Hay Plains, one of the flattest places on earth and pretty much treeless as well. The image you can see on the car video is from the rear view camera on the van. Looks the same back and front, the same whatever direction you turn.
Murrumdigee River, Hay Do you remember at school drawing all the inland rivers on the map and the stories of explorers having trouble crossing them or dying of thirst depending on droughts and flood. We are in the Riverena. You'll see more of rivers before we're done.
We don't stock up much, preferring to have an excuse to explore the town to buy our food. We are going to stay a couple of nights at Hay ... it's blowing a gale and very cold ... though according to the news it was much colder back home.