Before I left Menindee is took a photo of my camp, which was quite idyllic under trees and right on the water. I was up early and took a photo of Copi Hollow (the lake) at Dawn when the water was dead calm.
Copi Hollow was where I camped and Burke and Wills passed through Copi Hollow when they left Menindee.
It was a long drive Wednesday from Menindee to Loxton, around 540 Km. Stopped at a caravan park half of which was closed because of floodwater from the Murray, but the sunset over the river was very picturesque.
I have booked into a caravan park on Hindmarsh Island near the Murray mouth for a week, so it will be a time to relax. Hindmarsh Island was the centre of a controversy a few years ago over the building of a bridge from Goolwa to the island. Aboriginal women protested about building the bridge because of secret womens business.
Today I went for a walk in the Nurragi conservation reserve, which is a linear reserve that follows an old railway reservation for 12 Km. The sign is on the old Nurragi Siding.
It preserves remnant vegetation of which only 2% remains in the area, the rest has been cleared. I had enjoyable walks in several places along the reserve which would be great in spring when the wildflowers were out. But even now there were quite a few flowers to see.
Along the way there were a number of Callistemons and some had a native creeper on them called snotty-gobble, how’s that for a name!
After the walks I went to Flying Fish seafood cafe in Port Elliot, it is renowned and the car park was full with about 80 cars, so I ordered take-away and enjoyed crumbed garfish and chips in a nearby beachfront park, washed down with some Tahbilk Chardonnay. Way to go.