Enjoying the mighty Murray River.

We arrived in Blanchetown on Saturday 30th July and were planning to stay 6 nights. However it is a beautiful location and we decided to extend our stay to 12 nights.  Blanchetown is home to No 1 lock on the Murray River of which there are approximately 15 locks all up. The Mighty Murray runs from Goolwa in South Australia, across Victoria and into New South Wales. It’s history and usage plus the amazing wildlife found in and around is truly amazing. Too much to write about here but we would encourage you to click on our links or google the information and read up on it for yourself.  At some point we are going to travel the entire length of it and explore as many of the associated towns as possible.

During our time here we have explored the local area and seen pelicans, sulphur crested cockatoos, kangaroos, birds of prey and some interesting spiders!! Ray has fished from the pontoon a few times and managed to catch a silver perch. Although quite a good size he put it back as he was looking forward to the sausages we had in the fridge!!

We have visited a few of the other towns – Mannum, Morgan, Waikerie, Barmera, Loxton, Berri and Renmark. Each one had something unique and interesting – the big orange, a lovely old pub, car ferry, paddle steamer, heritage buildings and best of all…..catching up with Kathy’s mum and sister in Mannum!

Yesterday two hot air balloons flew right over the top of us at the caravan park.

In a couple of days we will leave Blanchetown and make our way to Port Melbourne.  On Saturday 13th August we catch the overnight ferry to Tasmania.



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