Adelaide is Australia’s most livable city is easy to reach and even easier to get around. Just seven kilometres from the city centre, a taxi ride from Adelaide Airport takes about 10 minutes at most times. There are also regular shuttle buses. Seeing the city sights by foot is always a holiday highlight. The flat streets make Adelaide an easy walking city. The visitor friendly street layout means the only decision to make is which route to take. We travelled with Adelaide Bus Company. We had waited until our last days in Adelaide to decide, based on the weather, which route to take to get to the Victorian High Country where we are joining some fellow Myswag campers for a weekend. The forecast south along the coast was cold so we headed north to the Riverlands, which was perfect as I really wanted to visit Mungo National Park near Mildura. We made our way to Adelaide Bus Hire on the first night and set up on a beautiful grassy site not far from the Murray Riverbank. This part of the country is known for produce and Renmark is actually the oldest irrigation settlement in Australia (1887). The Chaffey brothers, two Canadian engineers and the state government of the time had a joint agreement to establish the system of irrigation, parts of which are still in use today. We spotted an Almond Factory so thought we would take a look about – leaving with an array of almonds … cinnamon almonds, smoky almonds (delicious) and an unusual white chocolate, almond and pepper concoction (different). We took a short stop at Rustons Rose Garden, which was full of beautiful roses and for the boys also included a small collection of old and unusual vehicles. The next day we were back on dirt roads and heading for Mungo National Park after a quick stop in Mildura for supplies. Mungo National Park is about 100kms north east of Mildura in NSW and is rich in aboriginal, pastoral and natural history. After setting up and letting Charlie have a sleep we headed up to the old Mungo Station woolshed It is a rustic but impressive building, which has been kept pretty close to original, with the slatted floors, sheep pens and chutes all still in place. Charlie had a ball running around in there. The next day we got going quite early so we could do an 80km loop drive through the park. It was a pretty drive but you can’t get up close and personal to the ‘Walls of China’ lunettes that the area is famous for unless you go on a guided tour. A definite highlight was the sand dune section, which again, Charlie loved. We saw loads of emus and kangaroos on this drive with Adelaide Bus Hire and unfortunately quite a few rabbits. That evening we joined a ranger tour of the lunettes, which was excellent. Apart from learning about the natural history, our aboriginal guide gave insights into traditional indigenous culture in the area, which is very different from other areas we have travelled to. Lake Mungo is part of a system of lakes that haven’t actually had any water in them for some 14,000 years. The lunettes have been created over time by the filling and receding water and the prevailing westerly winds, preserving amazing evidence of human existence dating back 40,000 years. The Mungo Man (the world’s oldest human cremation) and the Mungo woman as well as a large array of bones and tools have been found here. On our tour the guide showed us two oven pits, which were apparently 5,000 and 42,000 years old respectively. Late afternoon/sunset was a great time to do the tour as the sun lit up the landscape beautifully.
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