01 October, 2011

A Week at Mildura!

We finally got away for a week and headed off to Mildura on the Murray River. The kids spent hours on the jumping pillow. They made lots of new friends which was great.One evening a hot air balloon lifted off from further over in the caravan park and flew over the top of us. It was a lot closer than it looks in the photo.We went to Orange World where we went around an orange orchard. The perfume from the orange blossom was beautiful. The oranges were so sweet and juicy too!Another day we went to Wentworth. It is a very old town. Here we are at the Wentworth Gaol. The boys (large and small) had fun dressing up!This is where the Murray River meets the Darling River at Wentworth. To the left is the Darling River and the right is the Murray.We sat down to have a picnic lunch when these four ducks waddled over to see what we had. When we'd finished eating, they then headed over to the other side of the park to see what was going there!We also went to some sand hills nearby. Mitchell and Austin had fun "planking"!Wednesday we headed out to Mungo National Park. It was 110km from Mildura, 88 of them on dirt road!Thousands of years ago, this was a lake! This is what they call "The Walls of China". Over time the sand has blown and made these formations.This is the old sheep shed. It was built around 1859!When we left Mungo and had gone about 40kms, a mighty storm came in. It went pitch black, strong winds, thunder, lightening, rain and hail. We had to pull over as you couldn't see anything. There were branches blowing over the road. Luckily we were able to get out. This road is closed when there is rain and in just that short time, the road was flooded on either side. Sometimes we even had to drive through the water. If we had been heading to Mungo, we would have been stuck there until they opened the rain again (and who knows when that would have been).

We were wondering how our campsite would look when we got back to Mildura but only a small shower had gone through (although it was a bit windy).On the last day we went on a paddle steamer ride. Not this one, we forgot to take a photo of the one we went on! Paddle steamers are a lovely way to travel.

9 comments:

shez said...

what lovely pics Christine,looks like everyone had a lot of fun,the boys dressed up could go on the wild boys tonight,they were dressed for the part,lol.
Funny 1 of the pics of your son planking your hubby looked like he was doing a toyota jump in the background.Boy that storm was a worry,glad no-one was hurt.

Farm Girl said...

Wonderful photos Christine, looks like a terrific family trip. Glad you got out of that storm unscathed!

Peg - Happy In Quilting said...

Fantastic photos Christine....looks like you all had a wonderful time....

Maria said...

Was so nice to share your holiday with you all. Pleased you had a lot of fun.

Michelle May (Shell) said...

Looks like such a fun time!
xx, shell

Kathy said...

Thankyou for this mini tour of far north Victoria, Christine. I haven't been up this way for years - and the geography is so different to Tassie.

Maddy said...

Thank you Christine for sharing your family trip to Mildura, Victoria. It has been a while since l was there last. Hopefully the junction of the two great rivers, the Murray and Darling combine, are flowing better than a few years earlier.

Vroomans' Quilts said...

I missed your post. Love the share of your family vacation and so glad you were safe from any disaster. Oh, I would have played on the bouncy, too - looks like fun.

Lana said...

Such a nice time it seems...glad you got away!