After leaving Gawler in the Barossa Valley we made our way through the corner of Victoria and into New South Wales.
Travelling along the Murray River the amount of vines, both for wine and table grapes, is astounding……they just go for miles and miles….. as do the orchards (mostly oranges and almonds).
We camped on the Murray River for a couple of days at Bottle Bend east of Mildura. What a great camp site….we were right on the river.
We watched the house boats as they made their way along the river.
The bloke was keen to catch a fish – he stayed until sunset – without success!
The wildlife was prolific.
Following the Sturt Highway we travelled along the Hay Plains which reminded us of the Nullarbor. The plains are treeless for some of the time and flat for most of the way between Balranald and Hay.
Arriving into Hay the first thing we noticed was the fact that traffic in the main street had to reverse park. Quite strange!
Hay is home to Shear Outback including the Shearers Hall of Fame, a Museum, a retail shop and cafe. The historic 12 stand Murray Downs Woolshed from Swan Hill has been relocated to the site and is now an opportunity for tourists to see sheep shearing and also a training shed for up and coming shears to learn their trade.
The guide explained that the largest station in the area shears 80,000 sheep per year and that most stations around here run around 40,000 head of sheep. Even if you are not from a farming background the shed is worth the visit.