On the road again part 4

Dog on the Tuckerbox, Gundagai

Dog on the Tuckerbox, Gundagai

Some birds around Gundagai

From Narrandera we continued travelling east, going through Wagga Wagga without stopping – except at the traffic lights. From this point on we started climbing into the hilly country and eventually the mountains. The beautiful scenery is constantly changing and is a delight to travel through.

We succeeded in reaching our morning tea destination on time, stopping to refuel both the vehicle and us. Our favourite stopping spot along this stretch of road is the Dog on the Tuckerbox complex a few miles out of Gundagai, a place made famous by the legend surrounding a dog. Another couple having a break struck up a conversation with us; they, too, came from South Australia.

Another reason for stopping in this spot was to visit our favourite road side sales outlet. Farm fresh apples sold here are delicious, and we always stop here and buy a bag or two. Sadly, we can’t do the same on the return trip home due to our home state’s stringent laws about bringing fruit in. This is to protect our extensive fruit growing areas from the dreaded fruit fly pest. As an added bonus this time, we also bought some lovely cherries.

While all this was happening I managed to get quite a respectable bird list.

  • Australian Raven
  • Striated Pardalote
  • Galah
  • Red wattlebird
  • Grey Fantail
  • White-plumed Honeyeater
  • Australian Magpie
  • Grey Shrike-thrush
  • House Sparrow
  • Common Starling
  • Restless Flycatcher
  • Australian Magpie-lark
  • White-winged chough
Dog on the Tuckerbox, Gundagai

Dog on the Tuckerbox, Gundagai


Early morning on the River Murray, Mildura

River Murray, Mildura

Sydney Trip June 2011

On the last morning of our holiday earlier this year we were up early despite the cold conditions. It was nice to have good air conditioning in our cabin. After packing the car I had a few minutes to wander down the caravan park driveway to have a quick look at what birds there were along the River Murray. I tried to find a path down to the river’s edge but there was limited access to the river opposite the caravan park. I had to be content with views from the cliff top (see photos above and below).

There wasn’t much to get excited about and I only made a modest list of birds seen:

Red Wattlebird
Crested Pigeon
Magpie Lark
Noisy Miner
Australian Raven
Red Rumped Parrot
Black-faced Cuckoo-shrike
Common Starling
Australian Magpie
Welcome Swallow
Rock Dove
Silver Gull
Singing Honeyeater
Striated Pardalote
Rainbow Lorikeet

River Murray, Mildura

Caravan park we stayed in, Mildura