This morning we left Mildura, travelling via Hattah and Boundary Bend, yet again in cool, drizzly weather which slowly cleared. We had lunch sitting on the banks of the Murray River somewhere near Tooleybuc.
Once we’d arrived and unpacked at Swan Hill we went for a walk around the town, had coffee and checked out the giant fig tree – 150 years old and the biggest in the southern hemisphere – and The Big Cod, a giant model of a Murray Cod located near the river.
Tonight we rode to Lake Boga, about 15km south east of Swan Hill, to the Observatory and Planetarium. We were the only two people there. It was a very interesting and informative presentation. I learned a lot about stars, how they are formed, their life cycle, the galaxies and particular clusters and formations. Then we went outside and looked through the telescopes. We saw Saturn – very small to view but the rings were very clear, and a cluster called the Jewel Box which had several different coloured stars. Mars was visible, as was Sirius which sparkled and twinkled because it was low in the night sky.
Today’s distance: 244km