Here’s my first ever Weekly Photo Challenge, just had to do this one…
We’ve been ‘champing at the bit’ to go for a paddle on the Murrumbidgee River at Jugiong (New South Wales, Australia). Last weekend was our chance.
There’s a great little sandy beach under a towering gum at the end of Dixon Lane.
At this spot the river has a handy low-level shore for getting into the kayak.
At its deepest the river was only knee deep, with a sandy bottom, so very easy for us L-plate kayakers. (It’s also a great swimming spot for kids and pets at the moment.)
There are a couple of picnic tables back up the bank near the grass car park. But many noisy possums live in the she-oaks, if you’re thinking about camping!
But a warning: the gum tree above the little beach is a ‘widow maker’ so don’t sit under it in case it drops a deadly branch. In the last storm two sizable branches ended up in the water.
The resident cockatoo was happy, though, as it made a new nest hole for her. She very noisily guards this lovely spot on the river!
And for the three-photo story as a gallery:
Weekly Photo Challenge, ‘Threes’
Photos taken 18 November 2012 (no. 1) and 23 February 2014 (no’s 2 & 3)
with my old Canon PowerShot A550.
Murrumbidgee River picnic spot, Dixon Lane, off Riverside Drive (Old Hume Highway), Jugiong, New South Wales, Australia
– Turn south off the Hume Highway at Jugiong onto Riverside Drive (Old Hume Highway). In the village, turn left at Dixon Lane, a fenced track that leads to the river.
Newspaper article on the bushranger days at Jugiong: ‘Jugiong: Historic town on the Hume Highway’, The Age (on-line newspaper), 8 February 2004, http://www.theage.com.au/news/new-south-wales/jugiong/2005/02/17/1108500196919.html