Pressing on from beautiful Burra on our journey to Tamworth, we passed through more dry countryside and then into the irrigated vineyards and orchards of the Riverland. Roses also grow well in this area and in October is celebrated the nine day Rose Festival.
Arriving at Renmark, we took a break to walk along the bank of the Murray River. Renmark was a port for paddle steamers until the introduction of the railway, which eventually gave way to prime movers transporting freight.
The Murray river is a major attraction for those enjoying water sports and the scenery is stunning. Houseboats are big business in this area, hired out to tourists holidaying and wanting to travel the great river. At a wharf near the Tourist Info Centre, a marker has been erected showing the levels to which the river has flooded over the years.
Following our break, we proceeded on a little further to seek out our free camping site for the night, on the bank of the Murray at Plushs Bend. We followed a gravel track through trees to the edge of the river where there were sites along the road and a main site with a toilet, at the end of the track.
Having made camp, Mike and his partner in crime and travelling partner Barry, set about unpacking and inflating the rubber boat and give the new motor a trial. Some issues to start, but between them they finally, sluggishly ‘sped’ off for a trip down river and back.