From the banks of one mighty river to another today. After taking our time organising ourselves to leave the Murray at Cobram, stopping briefly to get petrol in Cobram, then stopping again at the Big Strawberry at Koonoomoo where I bought some strawberries (obviously!), raspberry and strawberry jam and some river gum honey, we crossed the Murray again at Tocumwal to go back into NSW, join the Newell Highway and point our nose north again for home - this time without major detours (fingers crossed!). We had another brief stop at Jerilderie to buy a few groceries, then veered left off the Newell Highway onto the Kidman Way just north of Jerilderie before finding our stop for the night beside the Murrumbidgee River at Darlington Point. Our journey today showed just how quickly the countryside can change. Two days ago, we were in the crisp fresh air of the mountains, today the land was dead flat, mostly brown and quite hot!
Apart from some locals swimming in the river and some kids riding their trail bikes around the reserve, we had our camp spot all to ourselves. As the afternoon was quite warm, we waited until after 5pm before taking the dogs for their walk along the river. We found a couple of beach areas where the dogs had a paddle, but it wasn’t as much fun as the sand island on the Murray.
By the time it was dark, we had the whole place to ourselves, so had a very pleasant evening sitting out in the cool under the stars on the banks of the river.