Murray River - Granthams Bend to Barmah Lake Week 8 - August 16th 2010
From Wangaratta, West along the Murray (Granthams Bend, Nevins Beach East, Barmah NP).

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The Murray Darling Basin has been in the news for several years as Australia tries to find the balance between water use for irrigation and simply sustaining the river, particularly through prolonged drought.

It was raining when we arrived at Grantham's Bend to camp. The river was rising at 100mm per day. We stuck sticks in the sand to measure it. We're just big kids at heart.

Stayed for 3 days. Our first real "rest days". Long overdue.

Tardis is the small white dot in the middle of the photo.

We were able to walk as far as our legs would take us along the river bank in either direction.

There are blue km posts showing the distance from the mouth (in South Australia). We are at 1960 km.

Someone had time on their hands! And a chainsaw.

The fire is still burning. We think a couple of people in a canoe camped overnight - they paddled past us early in the morning.

The forest beyond the river bank baffled us somewhat.

Big trees (River Red Gums) and small ground cover. We expected some undergrowth.

Perhaps the effect of drought, or the effect of grazing cattle, or .....


Moved a few km downstream to Nevins Beach. Another idyllic spot.
More walking along endless river banks and forest. Hard to tire of it.
Either our peace was broken or we had some entertainment.

A school party setting out from Nevins Beach to Yarrawonga, about 5 days paddling.

Boys to the left, girls to the right.
Barmah Lake was formed by a fault across the river which raised the ground causing a change in course.

The red gums in Barmah Forest are reputedly the largest stand (or was that a stand of the largest). Either way, there were lots and they were big.

This is the nearest we got to the lake without getting our feet wet.

Near the exit to Barmah Lake. Not far from where we camped.

The forest has lots of dry watercourses, some in the process of filling, which carry water into lower lying areas beyond the banks of the Murray.

It seems a lot of these watercourses return to the Murray further downstream. When there's lots of water it seems to us like a braided river with floodplains rather than a single channel.

Murray River - Gunbower NP to Hattah Kulkyne NP Week 9 - August 23rd 2010