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Junction Island

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  • Day159

    The Murray Darling Confluence

    March 18, 2020 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 33 °C

    A full day started with a trip along the Murray River at Mildura in an old paddle steamer, the PS Melbourne. The steamer was built in 1912. The engine sits in the centre of the boat and chugs very slowly driving both paddles. It was a very leisurely cruise on a glorious day.

    We went on to the local information centre to identify where best to view the confluence and learn of other points of interest.

    Lunch in the local pub that has a tractor next to the bar, a visit to the pioneer museum, a look around the old gaol, up the observation towers to view the confluence, on to the lock, up to the desert to see God’s Tree - a 500 year old gum tree that constantly has sand build up around it so that only the canopy shows - and it’s a big canopy, and lastly the tractor up a pole.

    The grey Ferguson T20 tractors hold a special place in the hearts of the locals. The Murray and the Darling drain different areas of Australia, collectively 1/7 of the land mass of Aus’ and 70% of the agriculture of Australia. It was believed that the two rivers would not both flood at the same time. In 1956 they did. It took time for the waters to flow to Wentworth, during which time all available workers came with their tractors to build a levy to protect the time. After weeks of 24hr working the levies protected the town. There is a tractor in the hotel and one up a pole!
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  • May18

    First stop over

    May 18, 2019 in Australia ⋅ ⛅ 24 °C

    We are already so blessed! Free camping with flushing toilets!!! And an amazing view.

    Riley James

    What's MasterChef cooking for the first night??

    5/18/19Reply
    Ann James

    Ham cheese and tomato sandwiches on rye from Bridgewater bakery 🤣

    5/18/19Reply
    Riley James

    That all???

    5/18/19Reply
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  • Day50

    Wentworth

    September 18, 2016 in Australia ⋅ ⛅ 14 °C

    After Merbein we drove onto Wentworth (home of the Wentworth Gaol) and visited the Lock & Weir 10. This is just downstream from where the Rivers Darling and Mildura meet. We observed the Pelicans and Shags doing a spot of fishing. The Pelicans would watch and wait for the Shags to dive for fish and then pounce on them but the shags just went under again and the Pelicans missed out. We watched the Pelicans several times scoop for fish but had nothing. The Shags ere waiting in the wall between the Lock, which can be seen closest and the Weir in the far side. One of the photos shows how the system allows the fish to get upstream.Read more

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