Another shot of the friendly pelicans on the Murray. There dont' seem to be huge numbers of them at once, which was fortunate as even these 2 took 3/4 of a loaf of bread between them before I had the photos I wanted...but I thought it was a fair exchange :-)
Surrounded for miles in all directions by the mallee scrub, lake hattah forms the central part of the National Park. Walking tracks, viewing towers, BBQ sites, camping are all provided. But there's one drawback - there's no water! The lake only fills when there is a sizeable flood of the Murray. There hasn;t been one for years. Result is a dried up lake bed supporting its own semi permanent ecosystem (surviving on water below the surface)
Along the Road To Mildura
We drove to Mildura from the Grampians via Henty, Sunraysia and Calder Highway. These are a few snapshots taken along the way.
We stopped at some of the country towns along the highway just for a quick look, to see what they are like.
We figured out that to be called a "town", a settlement must have a shop, a pub and a petrol station, in these farming areas also a grain store. Any further buildings are optional...
It was Easter Sunday and the town centre of Ouyen (how the heck is the name of this place pronounced?) was completely deserted.
The pie shop was closed for Easter, too.
Entering the Murray basin, the landscape changed from dry farmland to vineyards and orchards.
In the main street of Mildura I spotted this metal sculpture. Since this is a snapshot from the car I had no chance to read the little sign underneath.
It reminds me of a protozoa, a rotifer. Is that really what it is supposed to depict?