It took me four weeks of driving west to make it to Mildura, and then in one day I drove approximately one third the way back home. I had 4.5 hours to drive along the Murray River, crossing the state border a number of times. The border between New South Wales and Victoria is the southern bank (high water line) of the river.
I drove back through the mallee of NSW and then crossed into Victoria to the same landscape.
No idea what was causing this black smoke.
After an hour or so the mallee disappeared and I started driving through various crops – not sure what these trees were.
At almost the halfway mark I stopped for 2 hours at Swan Hill. The first thing to do was a quick sketch of another timber bridge (I had drawn one crossing the Murrumbidgee a few days before – see here). I’m starting to understand these structures better now.
One of the tourist highlights is the Giant Murray Cod – I didn’t care about taking a selfie with it, but it was fun to sketch and add the outline of a random tourist for scale.
Here are the final spreads…
Ah! nice to drive through a little saltbush plain again but the road was a little narrow with no shoulder.
But I always love seeing some Fresian cows (both my parents grew up on dairy farms).
A nice little town (back in NSW) with some lovely buildings….
… including this unusual hotel. Not in the typical style at all.
And here is the bridge – this one had De Burgh trusses! It was fun to sketch but I was somewhat distracted by hundreds of noisy corellas – this video on YouTube gives you the idea.
Arriving in Echuca
Note: I often drive for 4 hours (or even longer) on freeways/motorways both here and in the UK, but for some reason this day was very tiring! But I just love driving through varying landscapes and I certainly experienced that on this day.