Monday, May 16, 2011

Swan Hill

We decided to go direct to Swan Hill because Kerang looked as though they were still pretty wet from the recent floods.  We arrived at the showgrounds early afternoon and the mechanics were able to come out promptly to service our generator.  The starter motor seems to be the problem so they have taken it away and will return it again on Monday.  Pretty good service I thought. Monday morning they told us that they had sourced a starter motor in Adelaide and will be here about Wednesday.  Let’s hope this is not another de ja vue and we have the difficulties we had with the phone.  Positive thinking!!!
Swan Hill is 336klms North West from Melbourne.Swan Hill is a city in the north west of Victoria, Australia. It is located on the Murray Valley Highway, on the south bank of the Murray River, downstream from the junction of the Loddon River. Swan Hill is located on the Murray River, between Robinvale and Kerang.In the early 1850s, a wharf on the Murray River was built and Swan Hill became one of the region's major inland river trading ports. The river trade declined with the expansion of railways; however agriculture spearheaded the town's prosperity with the clearing of surrounding land and the use of the river for irrigation. Vast citrus farms and vineyards surround Swan Hill and extend many kilometres to the north-west.

In front of the Swan Hill railway station is an 11 metre long giant replica of a Murray Cod - a former movie prop which highlights the popularity of fishing in the river. The Burke & Wills Tree, located in Curlewis Street, is a Moreton Bay fig tree planted in 1860 to commemorate the expedition of those famous explorers across Australia as they passed through Swan Hill. It is believed to be the largest tree of its kind in Australia.

Talk again soon

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

That Moreton bay fig is a little far from home dont you think?
Hope you are having a lovely time.
Miss you both heaps.
Love Fee, Trent and the kids