Date: 17th September 2020
Travelled: 254 kms from Barham to Euston on the Murray River
Visited: Balranald and Euston
Stayed: Euston Riverfront Caravan Park, $38 all services. S34.57782, E142.74492
Our walk this morning included chatting with a Policeman at the border control point in Barham. He told us how much they were enjoying the gig. Everyone is very friendly he said and the overtime is good as well.
We wander past the local supermarket for a quick shop before saying goodbye to Barham.
It‘s almost 140 kms to Kyalite before we turn for Balranald on the Mallee Highway. Generally the traffic was negligible.
We park in the dedicated parking area next to the information centre. Not sure if the area was designated for caravans and motorhome or grey nomads as they appear to mean the same thing in Balranald. Anyway we walk off to explore Balranald.
Panic is in the air. Apparently heavy rains and storms are predicted for Saturday and the National Park at Mungo has been closed and everyone staying in the park has been ordered to leave. All the roads north of Pooncarie will be closed from tomorrow evening as well. A lady we pass goes to great lengths to complain that the caravan park at Wentworth is booked out. Now that was a concern, so I rang Wentworth and booked a spot for Friday evening to be sure.
Although there are a few free places to stay overnight in Balranald, its still early enough to press on to the Murray River at Euston.
Fifty minutes later we arrive in Euston. Robinvale is it’s sister town on the Victorian side of the Murray. In the interest of being truthful every thing I say about Euston is ”Churching it up”.
After a long walk we settled in for a couple of drinks and have dinner in. There are Police cars parked everywhere as most of the cabins here have been rented out as accomodation for the Covid border control.
Michael + Pam