01.02.2018 – Bombala to Jindabyne

Bombala:  The home of the platypus.  We haven’t seen one yet, but were convinced we would in the still of the early morn, and so we did another lap of the River Walk.  The flying foxes were getting the early rays of the sun and wrapping themselves up for the day.  Mist was rising off the Bombala River and the water was still and mirror-like.  And then we were thrilled to see our first (in the wild) platypus – right where the signs on the pathway indicated.  When we walked to the other location towards the opposite end of the walk, we saw some more.  They are not very photogenic and are very shy.  To find them, we had to look for a “V” in the water to see one swimming.  The click of the camera on shore was enough for them to dive under water.

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Next, off to Lake Jindabyne before work.  We travelled further into Snowy Mountain country, through rolling hills and wind turbines, with ever-present galahs and cockatoos, up into higher country, through Dalgety and over the bridge built there in 1888, and along The Snowy River Way, stopping a short distance past Dalgety for a break, and to explore an old cemetery.   It was interesting to stop and read the headstones – dating back to 1883 – and see the generations of several families that lived in the region.  Some families had loved ones lost to war, some lost children across the spectrum to grandparents, each their own story.

 

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Back on track, we arrived at the magnificent Lake Jindabyne.  Another magnificent view from my office!  With not a lot of work to do, we took the opportunity to shop and look around the park area near to where we had parked.   That afternoon we camped at our cousin’s home a short distance from the town centre for a couple of nights and met the terrific “Trigger”.

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