Super Hot in Ngaut Ngaut

January 6-7, 2015

After a weekend at home keeping track of the local bush fires and staying alert and ready go, we planned an overnight trip to the Murray Riverlands, a semi-self imposed short term evacuation.

The hour drive from our house to Murray Bridge saw quite the change in landscape. We left the canopy of trees and vines of Adelaide Hills to discover the vast, Riverlands prairie somewhat resembling Southern Alberta and the foothills.

As it happened to be a scorching 45 degree day, we were happy to have great air conditioning in our car. We replenished our sunscreen several times throughout the day. Our walks in and around Murray Bridge were intriguing but incredibly hot. Along our Murray River walk, Sean and Doug left the footpath and tried to navigate their way back to the car by zig-zagging from shade to shade in an attempt to stay less hot. In the end, however, they created a longer path resulting in more time in the heat with a little less time in the direct sunshine. Had we made like the locals, we would have gone for a swim in the Murrary River, of course watching for the river monster, the Bunyip!

We had a delicious lunch in Steamer’s Cafe on Main Street, Murray Bridge and caught a few overs of Cricket on the tele.

A stop at the tourist information centre, lead to a bit of history in the area and highlights to check out. Then it was up the road to Mannum, driving through farmland and several large poultry producing facilities.

We were excited to try out first river-crossing on the cable ferry. These ferries function 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and are absolutely free for passengers, cars and cargo (within the weight restrictions of course!).

Arriving in Mannum, we first stopped at the Tourist Information centre and museum. Our next 3 hours was spent engrossed in local history and information about the Murray River and Steamboats at the P.S. Marion Museum… in the air conditioned museum.

After checking into the Mannum Motel, we played a few games of cards and enjoyed dinner in the lounge over-looking the Murray. After dinner we took a brief walk down the main street and enjoyed the colours changing as the sun went down over the river.

Next morning, we were up early and on the road again. We crossed the river at Walker Flats, took a quick stop to take photos at the lookout and then made our way to Kroehn’s Landing. There we met Issy and her companion interpreters at the entrance to Ngaut Ngaut Conservation Park (Pronounced, “Not Not”). Once the two bus loads of Scout’s arrived, our tour began.

We toured the cliffs, walking up well-worn footpaths to the top to visit the preferred camping site of visiting tribes. Then, we came back down to view the men’s and women’s areas where generations of indigenous peoples lived, hunted, fished and carved images on the rocks. It was an absolutely fascinating experience!

After our incredibly hot Ngaut Nguat tour, we drove back to Murrary Bridge for lunch and then home in time for Sean’s Cricket practice (which in the end was cancelled due to the extreme heat). Instead, Sean and Doug splashed in the pool to cool off from the day!

Murray Bridge, SA, January 6, 2015

Murray Bridge, SA, January 6, 2015

Car and Train Bridges, Murray Bridge, SA, January 6, 2015

Car and Train Bridges, Murray Bridge, SA, January 6, 2015

Steamer's Cafe, Murray Bridge, SA, January 6, 2015

Steamer’s Cafe, Murray Bridge, SA, January 6, 2015

Outside Steamer's Cafe, Murray Bridge, SA, January 6, 2015

Outside Steamer’s Cafe, Murray Bridge, SA, January 6, 2015

Murray River Foreshore Reserve, Murray Bridge, SA, January 6, 2015

Murray River Foreshore Reserve, Murray Bridge, SA, January 6, 2015

Bunyip History, Murray Bridge, SA, January 6, 2015

Bunyip History, Murray Bridge, SA, January 6, 2015

Captain Proud Steamer, Murray Bridge, SA, January 6, 2015

Captain Proud Steamer, Murray Bridge, SA, January 6, 2015

Sean's Shaded Path, Murray Bridge, SA, January 6, 2015

Sean’s Shaded Path, Murray Bridge, SA, January 6, 2015

Swan Cable Ferry, Mannum, SA, January 6, 2015

Swan Cable Ferry, Mannum, SA, January 6, 2015

Randall Dry Dock and P.S. Marion Steamer, Mannum, SA, January 6, 2015

Randell Dry Dock and P.S. Marion Steamer, Mannum, SA, January 6, 2015

Captain Sean at the helm of P.S. Marion (moored), Mannum, SA, January 6, 2015

Captain Sean at the helm of P.S. Marion (moored), Mannum, SA, January 6, 2015

Lookout over the Murray River, Mannum, SA, January 6, 2015

Lookout over the Murray River, Mannum, SA, January 6, 2015

Catchy Slogan, Mannum, SA, January 6, 2015

Catchy Slogan, Mannum, SA, January 6, 2015

Sean and Carolyn on the Swan Cable Ferry, Mannum, SA, January 6, 2015

Sean and Carolyn on the Swan Cable Ferry, Mannum, SA, January 6, 2015

Sunset over the Murrary River, Mannum, SA, January 6, 2015

Sunset over the Murrary River, Mannum, SA, January 6, 2015

Forster Lookout, Walker Flats, January 7, 2015

Forster Lookout, Walker Flats, January 7, 2015

Meeting Issy at Kroehn's Landing - Gateway to Ngaut Ngaut, January 7, 2015

Meeting Issy at Kroehn’s Landing – Gateway to Ngaut Ngaut, January 7, 2015

Keepers of Ngaut Ngaut, January 7, 2015

Keepers of Ngaut Ngaut, January 7, 2015

Cliffs of Ngaut Ngaut, January 7, 2015

Cliffs of Ngaut Ngaut, January 7, 2015

Up the footpath with the Scouts, January 7, 2015

Up the footpath with the Scouts, January 7, 2015

Doug and Sean venture up the cliffs, Ngaut Ngaut, January 7, 2015

Doug and Sean venture up the cliffs, Ngaut Ngaut, SA, January 7, 2015

View from the top at Ngaut Ngaut, SA, January 7, 2015

View from the top at Ngaut Ngaut, SA, January 7, 2015

 

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One Response to Super Hot in Ngaut Ngaut

  1. Marilyn says:

    Great tour of the Murray River and surrounding areas–again my Australia experience expands through your adventures:) Sean, you look good in the “wheel” house–mighty big wheel:) I’m glad i couldn’t feel the heat—talk about melting temps. Let the adventures continue!! Cheers, Marilyn

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