Menindee to Mildura
After the wind and overcast day yesterday at the Menindee Lakes, we awoke to a gentle breeze and brilliant sunshine, and, as it was our second to last day, and the next morning would be in ‘civilisation’ of Mildura we decided to cook up the last of our supplies for breakfast… Fried eggs, Tomatoes and toast… I cooked, short person was ‘toast girl’.. sister had a rare lie in…After we had eaten and cleaned up we headed off around 8.30… into the ‘town’ of Menindee, turn right at the General store with no bread, past the supermarket with no meat… turn right again and head towards Wentworth.
About 10kms out we hit dirt road… and except for the excellently bitumen cattle grids, it stayed like that all the way until we were about 6kms out of Pooncarie – 106 kms of dirt road!
We saw almost no road kill for the first 50kms .. obviously because the speed you needed to drive at ensured you had time to avoid anything! Saw lots of emu’s in scrub beside the road – had to stop a couple of times to allow them to pass…We were sitting there in the car (in the middle of the road) snapping away for so long they got curious and started walking towards us.
These were the only two live roo’s we saw on our entire trip… and thats not a driveway.. thats the road we were travelling on! They were sitting in the middle of the road and we stopped till they took off. We made it into Pooncarie.. and sealed roads about 10.30 – took nearly two hours to do 120kms… stopped off at the cafe for a coffee.. the road rally people were there again too…this time it was the Bourke Ambo’s …before heading off again to Mildura.. this time on sealed roads all the way.
According to geologists, the Perry Sandhills originated after an ice age (40,000 years ago) and are formed by wind erosion over thousands of years. The dunes are located six kilometres outside of Wentworth and are a unique land formation of 400 acres of continuously shifting sand dunes
Our last day was a straight run home …..
With alarming regularity we were awake early… sister and I read in bed while short person snored away till we woke her at 7.30 – packed the car and out the door by 8am.. breakfast at McDonalds… (hot cakes) then in the car and home… we stopped in Sea Lake for average coffee and cake.. then continued on.. Inglewood we picked up excellent fish and chips which we ate in the car while we drove.. and arrived home safe and sound at 3pm