STATES and TERRITORIES

Tuesday, 16 April 2013

Wagga-Wagga: Art Gallery, the Museum and a Lot of ... Cockatoos

Next stop - a beautiful town Wagga Wagga, which translated from the language of the indigenous people means "place, where are a lot of crows". We only saw crows on the arms of the city, however there were many very different birds, but that's for later.

Victory Memorial Gardens, Wagga Wagga, New South Wales
Victory Memorial Gardens, Wagga Wagga, New South Wales

Roadhouse in Hay: the Best Hamburgers on the Way

What happened next?  Next there were the endless roads of New South Wales and a sad entertainment - counting the corpses of kangaroos and cats along the way. If the situation with the kangaroo was more or less clear, another question remained: where were these poor cats coming from, if there were tens of kilometers to the nearest villages? We came to the conclusion that, apparently, there were some wild felines. However, they looked exactly the same as our pet cat left at home.

Oversize trucks near the roadhouse in Hay NSW
Oversize trucks near the roadhouse in Hay NSW

Monday, 15 April 2013

Dinner in Euston Post Office and Balranald Caravan Park

Since we had nothing left to do in Mildura, we went in the direction to the caravan park where we had booked a cabin for that night. There was no need to hurry, so Victoria drove leisurely, while the others slept. When Natalia woke up, the first thing she saw, was an emu briskly crossing the road. You can imagine her excitement, because it was the first live Australian animal she ever seen! Unfortunately, before we only saw dead kangaroos lying along the roads.

Murrumbidgee riverside, Balranald Caravan Park, NSW
Murrumbidgee riverside, Balranald Caravan Park, NSW

Mildura Visitor Information Centre and chasing for Paddle Steamer Melbourne

We were on our way, and were happy with the fact that we were driving to Mildura on time, with some extra time up our sleeve. The happiness disappeared when someone had a thought that the time zones might change in Victoria, and as we checked our phones we realised the extra half an hour we had, was gone with the time zones. Turns out the 30 minute time difference in the different states does exist, and instead of coming 15 minutes before the boat left we came 15 after. It was very disappointing as we didn't even see the boat leaving.

Flooded gum tree eucalyptus in Murray River near Mildura
Flooded gum tree eucalyptus in Murray River near Mildura

From Adelaide to Mildura: Driving through Riverland

Ages ago, we planned a massive trip interstate, and decided that we would go on this trip with our Moscow friend that was visiting us, Natalia who was planning on coming in April. Alex planned the trip before hand, we packed the groceries, brought some extra equipment needed, and got serviced our car.

Even thought we started packing way before hand, the morning began of with the traditional running around the car, the kids and the stuff got lost left behind, repeatedly, and then were found in the most unexpected places. As result we ended up leaving an hour after we planned to.

Murray River shore in Mildura
Murray River shore in Mildura

Monday, 7 January 2013

Kingston SE: Grilled Shark For Dinner in Royal Mail Hotel

After visiting the Naracoorte Caves we decided that it was time to eat. This was not surprising, because in the last 7 hours, we ate just a few tomatoes and cookies, and a couple of beers for the older generation. However the way home should be long. We decided to go to the shore to eat and to swim a bit until sunset as well.
The jetty and coastline at Kingston SE, South Australia
The jetty and coastline at Kingston SE, South Australia

Naracoorte Caves: Bat's Residence and a Cricket Ball Between the Stalactites

This journey was inspired by the weather forecast for the next day. It was predicted +41°C ... We decided to go with our grandparents to the Naracoorte Caves, as there should have been a comfortable temperature for life. We decided not to tell our grandparents the distance to the destination, as 350 km for them was a serious challenge.

When there were just about 80-90 km to the destination, Grandfather asked, if we would return home today. To reply to this provocative question Alex stopped the car in the middle of a field and silently pulled out and offered him a misted can of cold beer ... the rest of the way was much more fun.

Ancient animals in Wonambi Fossil Centre
"Living" ancient animals in Wonambi Fossil Centre, Naracoorte Caves, South Australia
We have been to the Naracoorte Cave National Park previously, so we knew exactly what cave we would like to visit that day. Unfortunately, despite the fact that we came half-hour prior to the tour, it was already fully booked. So we agreed to alternate Bat Tour (included Bat Observation Centre and Blanche Cave). As a bonus, we were invited to visit for free the Wonambi Fossil Centre which we have not seen before.