It was a little foggy as I watched the sunrise over the grape vines this morning. Sorry – I forgot to mention yesterday that Red Cliffs is the start of the Mildura wine region and that there are vines immediately behind the caravan park.
The vines became even more prolific the closer we got to Mildura. Interestingly many of the vines were covered – I assume to protect from cold mornings, etc.
Red Cliffs is only 15 kilometres from Mildura so it wasn’t long before we had parked Bertha and gone for a stroll around town. We enjoyed coffee and cake at Hudaks Bakery, a favourite place of ours and picked up some supplies in town before continuing on our travels.
From Mildura we left the Calder and changed to the A20 towards Renmark. From vineyards growing very close in to town, the scenery soon changed to cropping country.
We later passed what appeared to be large plantations of almonds.
In what seemed to be only a short time we arrived at Lake Cullulleraine which looked to be a nice place to stop for thermos coffee overlooking the lake. We did take a wrong turn and ended up at a dirt road going into a farming property.
We retraced our steps and found a more appropriate entrance to the lakeside, where we were greeted with green lawns, shade, and benches and seating. There was a lone speed-boat out on the water scaring the fish.
Leaving Lake Cullulleraine the scenery changed again and we saw large areas of cultivated land showing orange against the stubble in nearby paddocks.
We continued along the Sturt Highway across the South Australian border where we stopped for a “photo opportunity”.
Within a couple of kilometres we had to stop at the Yamba quarantine station where Bertha was searched quite thoroughly for contraband fresh fruit and vegetables, plants and grape vines. We were clean and left with a clean bill of health, unlike a couple of guys in very muddy off-road trucks who had bags and bags of fruit and vegies confiscated. At least they were good natured about it and didn’t kick up a fuss.
A few kilometres up the highway we stopped at Paringa Caravan Park, where we have booked in for a couple of nights “R & R”. We set up Bertha with awning and shade wall, and I even changed into shorts.
This is a small family run park where they really seem to care about their customers – we were given discount vouchers for the Paringa Pub and a heap of tourist information. Paringa is a small town about 4 kms East of Renmark and we are very interested in catching a local shuttle bus which will take us to many interesting places in the Paringa/Renmark area.
We will report back in due course.
It was a glorious day today and we hope that this weather continues.