No Trout in Kosciuszko National Park!
Apr 16, 2016
Paul wanted to go to the ACT (Australian Capital Territory) to see the trees changing to their autumn colours (they have many deciduous trees). So we camped in Canberra (our capitol) and while there paid a visit to the Australian War Memorial. The museum in the memorial is vast, covering every conflict from WWI to the present day that Australians have been involved in. The presentation of the exhibits has been done exceedingly well but there is so much information to digest that you need more than one day to really take it all in.
I found one of the statues in the gardens particularly moving. It is a memorial dedicated to the Armed Services Working Dogs, dogs that have died while on active duty, sniffing out bombs and explosive materials.
The view from the War Memorial down the length of ANZAC Parade, across Lake Burley Griffin, up to the Old and New Parliament Houses' on Capitol Hill is awesome, a sight to move any Australians heart.
While camped on the outskirts of Canberra we could hear the 'crack' of gun fire and found that we were only a stones throw from the SSAA Canberra Shooting Range. It was too good an opportunity for Paul to miss so we turned up, paid our money and both had a go at shooting 75 metres. It was fun and I was quite proud of myself as I managed to hit the target!
Paul heard that a shooting buddy of his, Dennis and his wife Anne, were camped near Wagga Wagga (meaning many crows), so we did that we 'Clarences' do and asked if we could join them. They were at a place called Oura Beach on the banks of the Murrumbidgee River. During the day everything was peaceful and serene as the river flowed gently past but morning and early evening the air was filled with chattering and twittering, squawking and screeching from an amazing number of birds, including Willie Wagtails and White Throated Tree Creepers, with flock's of Cockatoo's and pink and grey Galah's. There were families of little fairy wrens hopping hither and tither hunting for seeds, ants, grasshoppers and weevils. These delightful tiny birds live in small groups with a breeding male (with bright blue plumage), one or more breeding females (a light fawn colour) and often non-breeding males that are fawn like the females but have greyish/blue tails. Paul even saw the vibrant blue flash of a Kingfisher as it flew swiftly along the waters edge.
The evenings saw us sitting around a blazing camp fire with Dennis, Anne and their friends, enjoying a few beers. I will have to remember to bring along the marshmallows next time. As Paul and I walked back to our van in the pitch dark we could see thousands of bright illuminated pinpricks of light above us in the inky black sky, the Milky Way was out in all its glory
Before winter and the cold arrives we ventured south to the Snowy Mountains and Kosciuszko National Park. Mount Kosciuszko (at 2,228 metres and Australia's highest mountain) was named by a Polish explorer in 1840 in honour of the Polish national hero General Tadeusz Kosciuszko. The name was anglicised to Kosciusko until 1997 when it was changed to the original Polish spelling.
People have been recommending good trout fishing spots in the National Park so Paul thought to give them a try. 3 Mile Dam, Old Adaminaby on Lake Eucumbene and Thredbo Diggings were the main places but either the waters are devoid of fish, or luck is not on Paul's side! Before we leave the park Paul is giving it one last go. We have found an idealic spot called Tom Groggin Horse Camp along side the great Murray River and we are sharing this wonderful wilderness with a large family of kangaroos and seven emu's.
Well he had no luck again with the fishing, good job I had a dinner prepared just in case!
We followed the Murray River along the Victorian border for a few kilometres before driving back into New South Wales and camping at Jingellic. A very scenic spot by the river with a pub along side the camp. We are now heading north to Leeton to meet up with our good friends Kim and Ken.
Well that's all for now folks!
Liz and Paul x