Carolyn and Greg's Nomadic Adventures travel blog

Air museum memorial

Botanic gardens cafe

Rose garden

The WOW tree

24th April

Brr, woke to a cold, wet, windy morning. Thought we were back in Canberra.

Today we visited the RAAF Memorial & Museum. "The museum has been established in the old RAAF headquarters which is a remaining structure from World War II era, Memorabilia and displays relate to the activities of 2OTU at Mildura and war time operations elsewhere.

2OTU stands for No. 2 Operational Training Unit. Their role was to provide operational fighter conversion and training to pilots before they were posted to their operational squadrons.

Many famous airmen trained or instructed at Mildura base, including former Prime Minister John Gorton."(source, Museum brochure)

Still a cold wind blowing with occasional rain flurries, but we soldiered on and went to Australian Inland Botanic Gardens. This is the first semi arid botanic gardens in the southern hemisphere. After a visit to the roes garden,which is still in full bloom,we ventured to the coffee shop.Braving the blustery conditions,we did the nature walk,returning to the shop where we had just ordered hot drinks when the skies opened with a heavy downpour. Lucky or what.

All refreshed and rested we moved on to the car park near the rose garden, set off for the walk to view the WOW tree. 2,500 year old Eucalyptus oleosa. Large underground stem is known as a lignotuber, survives and regenerates new shoots after fires. So the lignotuber is 2,500, but the branches are closer to 700 years old.

Check it out, we said WOW. Did you?

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