Tuesday, April 05, 2005

Traditional Easter Migration

Well we took part in one of the great Australian Easter traditions over the last week or so and went travelling along one of our great highways - in this case the Newell.

Menduran mural - black cockatoos flying south

It flows south along a river of black asphalt through the wide open plains of southern Queensland and the length of central New South Wales. We carried our orange and blue two person B-line kayak past grazing paddocks, cotton and wheat fields, silos on sidings, dry creek beds, service stations and motels all the way to Deniliquin in the Riverina.

Gurley silo siding

We managed to escape the sticky asphalt a couple of times on the way down so that we could have a paddle first of all on the Macquarie River at Dubbo with its willows and green weed lined gravel banks

Macquarie River at Devils Hole Reserve Dubbo Paddling on Yanco Creek between Narrandera & Jerilderie Yanco Creek River Red Gum

and then on to Yanco Creek near Gilgandra. The Yanco is full of snags and is lined by magnificent old River Red Gums.

Moonrise Good Friday

After a beautiful moonrise on Good Friday and another motel stop we finally made Deniliquin on Easter Saturday.

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