Although it rained most of the night, we woke to a pleasant, if slightly chilly, morning.
We left the caravan park and joined the queue of traffic as we approached the Paringa Lifting Bridge. On checking the time it was close to 9.30am, so we suspect that the traffic hold-up was due to the bridge having been lifted to allow river traffic to go underneath.
We bypassed the main part of Renmark as we had been there about 12 months ago. Being a public holiday nothing much was open anyway.
Further along the highway we went through the small town of Barmera and again, nothing much was happening. Just out of town, however, we found a great bakery which was open and we stopped there for morning coffee.
There was very little activity anywhere much, other than the occasional ANZAC Day celebrations at RSLs, etc. We continued through to Waikerie, where we couldn’t find the bakery (say that sentence out aloud).
From Waikerie we headed along very quiet roads to the Historic Port town of Morgan where we caught the ferry across the mighty Murray River. When we told our son Phil about this later he commented that Bertha had temporarily become a houseboat!
Once off the ferry we stopped for lunch at a great spot overlooking the river where there were BBQs, tables and seating for families, a boat ramp, all well occupied by families having a day together. We could also hear some young men obviously enjoying liquid refreshments while listening to a football match somewhere nearby.
From Morgan we proceeded along the Goyder Highway through “saltbush lamb country” to the historic town of Burra, where we had a quick look around.
From the town centre we then went to the historic copper mine just out of town and drove up a rather steep and winding road to the mine lookout. The trip was worthwhile as the views of the mine and associated buildings were fantastic.
Turning around we could also see wind turbines along a line of hills.
Heading back down the hill we drove the short distance to the Burra Showgrounds where Arty the friendly caretaker set us up on a powered site next to the Poultry and Pigeon Pavilion (no birds are present at the moment).
We will do more exploring in Burra tomorrow when the shops are open.