Budj Bim in Western Victoria and the Cooring in south Eatern South Australia are beautiful and spiritual places. Particularly spiritual for the Australian Aboriginal people who have occupied and cared for the land for 10,000 years.
The purpose of the trip was to meet up with friends from Adelaide at Kingston SE which sits at the southern end of the Coorong. It also claims to be the lobster capital of Australia!
Budj Bim National Park was a stop on route.
The campground is noted for its families of koalas. Beautiful to see but their growling and grunting through the night makes sleeping a challenge!
The park is set around an old volcano. In the park there are small lava tubes and lava canals you can explore as you walk around the old crater.
The basalt rock covers the local most of the local landscape. On the road out to Tae Rak (Lake Condah) there is Tumuli (lava blisters). Unique basalt rock blisters dotted on the landscape.
Tae rak (Lake Condah) is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Tae Rak incorporates the oldest aquaculture farm in the world. An Eel farm that has operated for 6500 years
Due to recent heavy rains the lake was full of water and the still day meant the water was mirror smooth
At the cultural centre I joined a cultural tour with an aboriginal guide.
It’s about a half day ride from Budj Bim to Kingston SE and the Southern Ocean and an extra special sunset.
The Coorong is formed as the estuary of the Murray River (Australia’s longest river) where is flows into the Southern Ocean.
The Coorong is a series of lakes running south for 200km from the Mouth of the Murray. The lakes are separated from the ocean by high sand dunes.
The lakes vary from almost dry saline ponds to deep expanses of water brimming with wild life.
Climbing over the dunes the Southern Ocean is wild and cold and pretty much deserted.
Of course I could resist taking a dip in the cold ocean.
The Coorong was the setting for the famous Australian movie Storm Boy. Also in the documentary Wash My Soul that examines the life and music of Ruby Hunter and Archie Roach there is stunning cinema photography of the Coorong.
Dotted around the lakes are reminders of colonial settlement like the well dug by Chinese immigrants as they made the long walk from South Australia to the Victorian goldfields in the early 1800s.
In my 2022 travels this was my December trip. There was lots of water in the Coorong which was beautiful. The big flood waters that fell in NSW and Victoria in November are still yet to reach the Coorong and the Ocean. Maybe another visit in the next month or so to see the lakes in flood is on the cards.
A bit like opposite ends of road touring in Australia. The BMW adventure bike and my friend’s EV.
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Around the Coorong the is much else to see and taste, art, wine, food and music.