Travelling Australia - Journal 2006
7 March 2006 - Mildura to Berri  

Location map We planned on less than 200 kilometres today to go to Berri enroute to Adelaide so were in no hurry to get away. we left Mildura along Deakin Avenue (the longest straight avenue in Australia) then followed signs to the A20/Sturt Highway. Traffic was moderate and mainly transports; B-doubles were particularly common going in both directions. The road is pretty straight and undulating slightly. At first we passed through still more of the grape vines Mildura is rightly famous for, then there was mallee for a few kilometres before, 20 kilometres from Mildura, we entered a wheat region proclaimed by a sign as Millewa Golden Grain Centre. The wheatfields extended on and on with mallee scrub along the roadside and in patches between wheat fields. About 100 kilometres from Mildura the wheatfields ended when we reached the Murray-Sunset National Park; then wheat began again as soon as we crossed into South Australia and lasted for 10 to 15 kilometres. The road undulated between 40 to 60 metres elevation rising at one point near a telecommunications tower to 80 metres then dropping to 35 metres approaching the South Australian border.

At one point we stopped to take photographs of a small flock (four to six birds) of emus in wheat stubble and near the fence. If I stayed still they approached the fence, but if I moved they became nervous and moved away.

At Yamba in South Australia, we were stopped for a brief, compulsory, fruit quarantine inspection.

Entering Berri we made our way to the Riverside Caravan Park and checked in for one night. This is a pleasant park with large, well-grassed sites across the road from the Murray River. After lunch, I went for a walk and got some good photographs of waterbirds in a shallow area of sheltered water along the river bank. The day remained clear and bright but the wind varied between cool and cold and stopped the temperature rising too high; this was a relief after the previous days at Mildura which had been uncomfortably hot.
Emu One of a group of emus on stubble beside the highway in the Wimmera.
Wheatland Wimmera Wheatland.
Purple moorhen Purple moorhen beside the Murray River at Berri.
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