Friday November 2nd 2012, Yarrawonga to Corowa
It was a very cold night, but we awake to a beautiful sunny morning. Gee it’s washing day again, at least this park is quiet so the task is knocked over whilst we have breakfast. We top up the fuel and drive on to Corowa along the northern, NSW shore of the lake. This is our shortest drive, a mere 40kms, so we check into Ball Park Caravan Park at 10:00am.
Ball Park is a very large council run park and although delightfully treed most of the ‘tenants’ have onsite vans, in fact we are sandwiched between two onsite ‘properties’ under the shade of a very large plane tree. Thankfully, the park is very quiet with only a few caravans. We spend the day spring cleaning the van and getting rid of a fortnight of red dust before our family and friends arrive.
The gang arrive in Wahgunyah at 5:00pm, so we toss some salads and drive over to their motel, where we have drinks on a pontoon moored in the river, not 300metres from our van, and watch the sun shimmering on the river. This is a pretty part of the Murray. When the sun goes down we retreat to the BBQ area, light a fire and enjoy a BBQ. All night we are serenaded by what sounds like firecrackers going off, except it is the sound that the wooden boards of the old bridge make every time a car crosses. Around 11:30pm we leave the car behind and walk back to camp across the bridge and discover that the campground has come to life. Oh, bugger! It’s a long weekend in Victoria and all the residents of the onsite vans have rocked in to party, there are coloured lights, open fires, music and people everywhere. We have trouble finding our van, but that is probably as a result of the amount that we’ve had to drink.
2021 Note: We quickly learnt the hard way, to avoid long weekends and school holidays.