Friday, 29 July 2016

The Riverland

Loxton Golf Club
We don't play golf, and don't hanker after a house beside a golf club like those at 13th Beach at Barwon Heads, but we got a taste of what it's like when we stayed the night beside a fairway at Loxton Golf Club. There are only about ten powered sites near the clubhouse so it was very pleasant. I was surprised to be serenaded by the persistent call of a Pallid Cuckoo (they only call in summer at home).

We had made soup with most of our vegetables before we crossed the border but lost a few apples and bananas at the quarantine station so we had to go shopping at Berri for fruit and vegetables to restock. We also took advantage of one of the numerous roadside fruit stalls to buy local oranges and pumpkin. And then on to Barmera for lunch beside the lake. About 50 years ago Phil's family started to regularly holiday at Barmera for waterskiing on Lake Bonney so we know the area fairly well. The foreshore area is much more upmarket now and the lake was looking beautiful in the sunshine.

Lake Bonney, Barmera
Lake Bonney foreshore, Barmera
The road took us parallel to the Murray via Overland Corner.

Murray River, Overland Corner
Murray River at Overland Corner
I start to feel like I'm on holiday when I see mallee trees, saltbush and succulents.
We crossed the Murray again via the Cadell ferry and camped by the river, just downstream. The cliffs are quite spectacular here and at night the cliffs, river and river redgums are spotlighted from the south side of the river. Serendipity is a marvellous thing.

Cadell Ferry
Cadell Ferry
Murray River cliffs lit up at night

Fishing club boats ready to leave first thing in the morning, Cadell campground.
Murray River, Cadell

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