Saturday, June 4, 2011

Loxton and Banrock Station

Near the River in Loxton
We scheduled a day trip over to Loxton and had a quick tour of the town.  Loxton is 257 klms from Adelaide and is a charming and vibrant town in one of the most productive agriculture and horticultural regions in the state, Known as the “Garden Town of the Riverland”.
Boat Ramp, Loxton
Unfortunately you could still see the debris from when the river came up recently.  The caravan park near the river has been closed and they are slowly cleaning it all up. 
Parklands in Loxton near the river
We also made it back to Banrock Station Winery and Wetlands centre and I did a little bit more of wine tasting and the result was the purchase of 7 bottles of wine, 3 Frizzante, 2 Moscato and 2 Pink Moscato. 
The Banrock Winery and below the Cafe

 This is a big deal for me as I don’t really drink alcohol, but I am starting to get used to it. I have spent a couple of nights having a few drinks.
The Wetlands at Banrock Station
We dabbled in a bit of wine tasting at Angove Wines in Renmark.  They are famous for the Green Ginger Wine and St Agnes Brandies; they also manufacture a very nice Moscato and a Sparkling Zibibbo.  As the Frizzante and Zibibbo are sparkling wines I needed a stopper as I really wouldn’t be able to manage a full bottle in one sitting, or at least not yet.  We drove all over Renmark but Angove’s Estate Winery was the only one to sell them.  So that awarded them with an extra vote.
A family of ducks at Angove Winery
 All these towns are situated on the mighty Murray River, Australia’s greatest river.  From its source in the Snowy Mountains in New South Wales, the Murray River flows 2530 kilometres to the Southern Ocean in South Australia. 
Boats on River
Many houseboats travel up and down in these river towns and you are able to hire them for a holiday if you wish.  We finished our stay in Renmark with a dinner at the Renmark Club and left Friday morning and headed towards our next stopover at  the Camps 6 Campsite No 183, Morgan Rest Area No 1.

Talk again soon

1 comment:

Lurline said...

All looks gorgeous - when are you coming home - love, Lurline♥