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Shaw’s Flat Reserve – Corowa

17-19 April, 2016

After 2 days in a caravan park in Echuca, we were ready to camp properly again. We all wanted to chill out by the river, have a fire, and do some serious and proper camping. The kind without other people close by, and a whole lot of peace and quiet. Having traveled the Murray River not too long ago, we fortunately knew just the spot.

On the banks of the beautiful Murray River again

Heading out of Echuca we headed east, following the Murray towards Corowa. We stopped off at Yarrawonga on the banks of Lake Mulwala to have a quick lunch, before continuing to one of our favourite ever camping spots – Shaw’s Flat, on the banks of the Murray River. It was a bit drier than the last time we were here, and the lovely green grass was all now quite brown and dusty. Funnily enough we pulled up and selected exactly the same camp site as we had last time.

This is hard to take…

After fussing around and doing a bit of circle work in order to get the right setup, we finally got ourselves sorted, and started the relaxing. The next day was planned to be a quiet one. Trent and I went into town first thing in the morning to get some firewood and other bits and pieces. The firewood was very important as the fire needed to be burning all day as a slow cooked Lamb Rogan Josh was on the menu for that evening.

Supervising dinner, cooking slowly

The finished product

The day was spent supervising the fire, and ensuring that the Lamb was cooked to absolute perfection by the end of the day. It was a perfect day for sitting around the fire, a little cooler but still enjoying beautiful weather. At one point of the afternoon I walked around the front of the camper, and there were thousands of ants all over the ground. The ant sand came out and was dispersed around the camper, as the last thing we want is for it to become an oversize, mobile ant’s nest! It didn’t take too long for the sand to take effect and kill those ants that were getting too close, and discourage others from coming closer!

Some reading before bed

After smashing the curry, we settled down to bed fairly early, listening to a storm getting closer and closer. It ended up getting us not long after we bunkered down and there was some solid rain for 20 minutes or so. The kids were already asleep, and didn’t hear a thing of the storm. Their swags were also toasty dry, having been well and truly seasoned over past trips.

Our campsite. Kids swags stood up to the storm very well

Rest day done, the following day was spent looking around Corowa. We visited the Chocolate and Whiskey Factory that we also visited a couple of years ago. This time we were hoping for some Whiskey tasting, but they still weren’t ready. A good excuse perhaps for another visit in the future. The kids did all enjoy making some huge chocolate freckles though! Back into town and we grabbed some disappointing pies for lunch from the bakery and headed back to the campsite to chill out for the afternoon.

A sunset to enjoy

At this point, we weren’t really sure where we were planning to head the following day. We knew that we wanted to be heading back closer to home, and also to visit somewhere new. We blindfolded Trent, spun him around three times, and aimed him at a map – pin the tail on the donkey style, and the decision was made to head towards Tumut, and see what the camping was like on the banks of the Blowering Reservoir.

Relaxing, fun, and games

Three great nights later, we were packing up again and on our way. We love this camp site, and will no doubt be back at some time in the future.

Score

Nights here: 3
Total nights: 91
Trip distance: 195km
Total distance: 9902km

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