Day seven rest day in Nurmurkah - Australia's Great River - CycleBlaze

May 13, 2018

Day seven rest day in Nurmurkah

Sunday 13 May. Rest day.

We walked into town back to the IGA for some frozen dinners and some fruit. Mike's apple was fine but Mary's mandarin was pithy and not very juicy. Returning to the caravan park we walked along the river and saw and heard a large colony of fruit bats in the trees across the Broken Creek and there was also a pelican and a black swan as well four cormorants so the fish resources in the river must be good.

 

A pelican
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Pelican and cormorants
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Some of the fruit bats
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Walking / Cycling Track which passes the caravan park on the right hand side of Broken Creek
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Next we found a park with the Frank Yarwood Pavilion containing a large number of horse drawn vehicles and farm implements. Outside the pavilion there was a steam traction engine, a steam stationary engine and a few early tractors. Finally there was a K class steam locomotive which was used in the local area.

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Old agricultural implements
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A Combine, which was pulled by a team of eight Clydesdale horses, who when yoked in tandem, could easily pull the combine.
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Steam Traction Engine
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Stationary steam engine
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K Class Railway Engine, built Newport, Victoria Workshops 1945. Travelled 399.042 miles
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Louis Hamon Gardens and fountain across the road from caravan park
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Fish ladder and weir Broken Creek with caravan park to the left
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Miniature Dethridge Water Wheel
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In the main street, Melville Street Numurkah we saw a miniature Dethridge Water Wheel. The wheel was created by John Dethridge in 1910, and could measure the amount of water flowing past it into a channel. This Australian innovation made it possible to monitor the volume of water flowing from a river to an individual farm.

Galahs feeding before roosting for the night
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