Sandy Goes Outback Downunder

After many years in the dreaming and planning,  our dear friend from Newfoundland Canada, Sandy, has arrived for four weeks here in the Great Southern Land of Australia.

Swapping her snowshoes for sandals and fur lined parka for Tilley hat, Sandy has joined us for a private Wild Wandering Women tour of the ancient dried up Lake Mungo in outback New South Wales.

But first stop before leaving Victoria was a visit to Healesville Sanctuary to familiarise Sandy with the local wildlife. Dozy koalas, spikey echidna, shy kangaroos, sleeping wombats and an elusive Tasmanian devil were on the menu. Towering Eucalyptus trees, some 400 years old, gave us much sought after shade as we meandered through the sanctuary for three hours.

Then it was off north, staying overnight with Nettie’s mum Gwenda and sister, Louise in the lovely mid Victoria country town of Avenel.

Venturing further north the following day we reached the Mighty Murray, border between Victoria and New South Wales and we rested overnight in the riverside township of Tooleybuc.

Next day we continued on a north westerly trajectory as the earth started to change to oxide pink then red and the River Gums gave way to Mallee Scrub.

We finally reached our destination of Lake Mungo National Park, no mobile or internet coverage, and where there is archaeological evidence of Aboriginal people living a thriving lifestyle 40,000 years ago.  Yes, you heard right, forty thousand years ago…30,000 years BEFORE the island of Newfoundland was even formed by the melting of a glacier. These wise and ancient people lived through the ice age and passed down the oral stories through literally countless generations.  Mind blowing really…

And what beautiful timing to be there for the full moon…adding magic to the already mystical landscape. We finished at the historic Railway Hotel in Boort for some old fashioned Aussie country hospitality.

We’ll let the photos taken by Sandy, Nettie & Fran tell the rest of the story….next stop will be the Otway Ranges and Great Ocean Road…

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echidna
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sleepy koala
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mates reunited
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just hanging about
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Fran
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tree lined paths of the sanctuary
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Barn Owl
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Rainbow Lorikeets
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Sandy
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Carpet Python
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Bearded Dragon
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Sandy & snake
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Nettie & Black Cockatoo
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Sandy 
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old Eucalypt
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Tooleybuc sheep
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Murray River Tooleybuc
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Tooleybuc Bridge
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first look at Lake Mungo
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kangaroo paths through the salt bush
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look at me “I’m in Australia” !!
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the lunettes of Lake Mungo 
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windy Fran

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the sun sets
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the three of us waiting for full moon rising

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here she comes…

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kangaroo
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Sandy and roo
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Sandy and moon
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the old shearing shed at Mungo 
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our guide Ivan

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stone arrow head
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sharing the stories of times past

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bitter tree
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tall sand dunes
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Nettie of Mungo
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Ivan

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the road we travelled
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old man emu and his charges – the male tends the flock

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remains of old shearing shed at Zandic Homestead made with he local native white pine
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where we slept two nights
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here she comes again
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the shearers’ quarters 
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wild goats
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top knot pigeons
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Railway Hotel Boort

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Lake Boort
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relaxed

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water fowl

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Sandy’s first Aussie pub meal – fresh veggies, chips & chicken snitzel
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Lake Boort with fire and moon
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