Saturday 9th of September
Lake Cargelligo to Yarrawonga
Linda and I awoke this morning to a clear blue sky and no wind, but despite this, it was still quite cold. After breakfast we packed the camper and were leaving the Lake Cargelligo caravan park at just on 10am heading south towards Rankines Springs about 70 Km south of Lake Cargelligo. Initially the trip was through wide flat pasture land with mainly wheat and canola being grown, and the odd small flocks of sheep here and there. As we approached Rankines Springs we had to cross a low range of hills that were quite picturesque with the road turning here and there through the various saddles in the ranges. Through the ranges the countryside became mainly the native Cedars. Having passed over the small range we descended to Rankines Springs.
We stopped at Rankines Springs for morning tea and for Linda to take over the driving for our continued journey southward to the large rural city of Griffith. Griffith is the heart of the Murrumbidgee Irrigation Area ( MIA ) with the surrounding area given over to citrus fruits, almonds, and grapes. The grape growing and its associated wine industries were introduced to Griffith post WW2 by Italian immigrants to the area. Unfortunately the Maffia connections of many of the early Italian Immigrants was also introduced with the resulting organised crime. Fortunately, from the late 1970 this influence died out as the original immigrants passed on.
LInda and I didn’t stop in Griffith despite it being a nice city, but again, it is a large rural city, so we avoided trying to stop and park there at all. From Griffith we continued south to the next town south, Darlington Point situated on the Murrumbidgee River, where we intended to have lunch. But it being a late Saturday afternoon, we could not find a cafe where we could get some lunch. So we continued on with me driving hoping to find a cafe at the next town about 30 Km south of Darlington Point, Colliambally. But as with Darlinton Point, no cafe’s were open there, so we continued on to the next largish town, Jerilderie, on the Newell Highway. But again we were nearly disappointed as the cafe’s there were just closing as we arrived just before 2pm. But we did manage to get a light lunch at the local bakery.
A little south of Jerilderie we turned off the Newell Highway towards Berrigan, where Linda once again took over driving. The countryside between Griffith and Berrigan is typical dead flat plains country, but after Berrigan it becomes slightly undulating as we approached the Murray River, the border between NSW and Victoria. Soon we arrived at the NSW border town of Mulwala, and then crossed over Lake Mulwala and into its twin town of Yarrawonga where our friends Bob and Maurine reside. About 5 minutes after arriving in Yarrawonga we arrived at Bob and Maureen’s home. Greetings all round, and then we unpacked the ute for a 3 or 4 night stay with Bob and Maureen.
Linda and I have now virtually completed our 4 month wanderings around NSW and Queensland. It is but a 5 hour drive from Yarrawonga to Creswick, a drive we have done many times before.