Travelling Victoria
Vol: 137 april 2011

It is hard to believe that our newsletter has been going out in this format for almost 12 years.  The first edition was sent to 56 people; now it goes out to over 3000.  Thanks for all your positive comments and support, it's greatly appreciated. Last year 745 ml of rain fell at Kyabram (Average 480 over the past 10-years).  So far this year 303 has been recorded.  This is why the rivers are flowing so high, in fact the Lower Goulburn is presently flowing at the height it ran over 100-years ago before irrigation and the erecting of weirs etc.  The only problem with all this water is the inundation of all the natural sandbars which makes canoeing more pleasant. However, with all that the river is open again for business and we are looking forward to a great Easter.  We have vacancies for camping and safaris so if you want to see something very special give us a call.

The lucky winner of last month's competition is Ken Pieper who correctly answered that the Olympic Games were held in Melbourne in 1956.  This year also saw the introduction of television into Australia.  It was also a very wet year, similar to what we are getting now.  There will be another opportunity to win the $200.00 'gift voucher' later in this newsletter.

Lake Eyre Update

We conducted the first flight tour to Birdsville and Lake Eyre last week. The group were amazed with the amount of water around Birdsville slowly making its way across the Simpson Desert to Lake Eyre.  The huge lake is holding a massive amount of water and will be quite spectacular for months.  Big birds such as pelicans and swan are estimated to be in the millions, all breeding again.  The dingoes are having a good feast as well, and the deserts are green.  There is a suggestion this year could be one the biggest floods ever recorded on Lake Eyre North and South.  It's worth flying up and having a look.  For more information and booking contact Rob on 0428 585 227 or email to rob@adventours.com.au

Platypuses

The first recorded sighting of a platypus by a white man was at the Hawkesbury River in N.S.W in 1797.  No one was sure if it was a mammal or a combination of animal, snake, fish and bird.  In 1824 it was discovered that the creature actually laid eggs and feed their young on milk.  About 100 years after the first discovery the platypus was placed in the family 'monotremes'.  The only other member of this unique group is the Echidna.

We are so lucky to have this fascinating creature in our rivers and creeks and the best way to see a platypus in the wild is from a canoe.  A full grown adult can grow up to 60-cm and are ravenous eaters.

Competition

This is your chance to win a $200.00 'gift voucher' from River Country Adventours.  This can used for any canoeing adventures on the Lower Goulburn River National Park.  All you need to do is correctly answer the question and be lucky enough to be drawn from the hat later in April.
Q. In the 1956 Olympic Games-where was the rowing held?
A-competition@adventours.com.au

Goulburn River Tourist Park.

The proud new owners of this Seymour caravan park are Matt & Nicole Parsons.  They are young and have plenty of ambition and we all wish them well in their venture.  Contact the park on 5792 1530 and there is also a small fleet of canoes available for hire on the beautiful Goulburn River.  Seymour is less than a hour north from Melbourne and accommodation and canoe hire is always available.

Short Stories

Over the years I have been composing short stories, and a couple of editions back we made available a story about a couple of kids who went rabbiting around the bald hills of the Western District.  Thanks for all the support, it was great.  We now have a story about a young bloke who used to plough at night, and tasted his first hard liquor with dire consequences.  If you want a copy emailed please let me know.  Ask for the story called "Night Secret".