STATES and TERRITORIES

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

We heard the next good news when Alex woke up - as it turned out, we already went through the territory of the New South Wales! We did not notice a road sign that announced the border crossing. However, we surely did notice the signs that we are going through the territory of the NSW: on a beautiful road markings was duplicated information with road signs.

Kids are waiting for a dinner. Euston NSW
Kids are waiting for a dinner. Euston NSW

As dinner time came and we stopped at the first roadside cafe we saw «Euston LPO & Take Away» (39 Murray Terrace, Euston NSW 2737)  in the town of Euston. (By the way, LPO means Licensed Post Office, so, it was our first experience of eating in Post Office :).  The dinner was lovely! In small cafes like this one there are usually incredibly friendly hosts and huge and tasty portions. We ordered two pizzas and a plate of fried seafood, sat at a table outside and enjoyed the wonderful food and the peace of quiet small town. Natalia appreciated the charm of "hot country Australia" and wrapped herself in all her warm possible clothes.

Post Office and Take Away in Euston
Post Office and Take Away in Euston
When we got to the  Balranald Caravan Park, it was already dark. Our cabin was quite comfortable, with a set of the necessary utensils, tea-coffee-sugar; the double bed had a bed linen set. The remaining bunk beds had pillows and mattresses only. This is a common practice, so we got our sleeping bags, pillowcases and fitted sheets, which were specifically laid up for such cases, out of the car. We fell asleep listening to the soothing murmur of the river somewhere nearby.

Cabins at Balranald Caravan Park
Cabins at Balranald Caravan Park

In the morning Natalia tried to teach us all to get up early, unfortunately, this attempt failed. When all finally woke up and had breakfast, we decided to take a walk around the territory of the caravan park before leaving.  It was placed in the centre of a very pretty green lowlands, at a reasonable distance from the busy highway (the noise of trucks did not disturb us at night).

Happy morning in Balranald Caravan Park
Happy morning in Balranald Caravan Park


In a few steps from our cabin was a calm river Murrumbidgee with brown-green opaque, but clear water. We were shocked to find on the shores here and there laid a fair few very unattractive dissected fish carcasses. Among them walked lazy crows. Looking at the crows it was clear that they were fed up of fish snacks...

Carp is most common, but least popular fish in Murrumbidgee
Carp is most common, but least popular fish in Murrumbidgee

Later, Alex read on the Internet, that those were carps, pest fish in this river. Like many other animals imported from overseas, they breed very active and suppress the local fauna. Therefore, fishermen who are lucky enough to catch carp, have no right let out it back into the river. These fish are quite specific, many people do not know how to cook them, so they just leave corpses on the shore.

Balranald Caravan Park
Balranald Caravan Park

Time on the Murrumbidgee riverside passed quickly, and we, as always, departured a bit late. Leaving the caravan park we threw the key into the special mailbox, made in the form of a local resident - a cute green frog.

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