PenUltimate Destinations

Neil’s Bend Reserve

13-15 September, 2014

We kicked off our Murray River / Adelaide trip early on Saturday morning to make the trek down to the Murray. We were looking forward to doing quite a bit of free camping this trip and had already found a spot that we wanted to take a look at right on the river near Walwa.

Camp set up and fire started

The journey down the Hume was relatively uneventful. The obligatory breakfast stop at Sth Goulburn McDonalds, quick lunch stop and visit to the submarine at Holbrook before making the turn off towards Jingellic. Before long we found our camp site and only one other camper there, had a choice of a few great sites right on the river.

Teaching the kids to skim stones… all the way to NSW! Nearly…

We took our time to set up before starting a fire on the banks of the river. A quick dinner and then bed not that long after the sun went down. Sunday we did some exploring (but not before getting Rach a coffee in Walwa – which was very good apparently!) and found a nice little 4WD track with some low range action needed and a couple of rocky water crossings before finding an open field with some flowers to pick.

Picking flowers for the kitchen.

Then it was back on track to Bluff Falls, which was absolutely beautiful. A short walk to the base of the falls and we could look up at the falls coming down at us. After this it was a fairly quiet afternoon at the camp site kicking balls and relaxing.

 

Bluff Falls

 

Kudu got to relax and get back to nature too!

Monday we took a drive towards the mountains, heading through Corryong and then on to Khancoban and to the Snowy Hydro exhibition – which the kids thought was amazing… hmmm maybe when they are older. On the way back to camp we took a detour to a lookout at the top of Mt Mittamatite which looks back over Corryong and towards the mountains. It was a bit hard for the kids to see the snow so clearly, but not be able to get close enough to touch it.

The lookout at Mt Mittamitite. Yes, it was a little cool – you can just see the Snowy Mountains in the background.

Then before we knew it, we were at night 3 and it was time to head to bed for one last time before setting off on the next part of our adventure tomorrow. We had a great time here, loved the quiet spot on the banks of the river and yet, are excited to see where we are staying next.

On the road again… but not before another coffee in Walwa!

Three nights here takes the total to 159 nights.

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