Mulwala campground is about 10kms from Mulwala. It seems common practice on the Murray, as it’s the border between Victoria and New South Wales, to have a town on one side named for NSW (Mulwala) and a town on the other side named for Victoria (Yarrawonga). In normal circumstances Mulwala would be a suburb of Yarrawonga (or vice-versa, depending on state alliances!). Same goes for Echuca/Moama and Albury/Wadonga. No doubt there are other examples.
We set up camp on the banks of the Murray at Mulwala campground. The site is also called Hinches Beach. We were concerned that, as we’d planned our trip during NSW school holidays, there’d be lots of people about but we were the only ones here and that was to continue during the trip. Victorian schools were not on holiday, although as it was a weekend, there were some day tripping noisy Victorians on the their side of the river but they went home in the afternoon.
Our only other visitors were midges, fortunately non-biting, but in enormous quantities. The Kimberly Kruiser has midge screens but they still got in in the thousands as you went in and out the door.
Of course the river red gums are everywhere and provide some spectacular photos.
We were advised that a walk around Chinaman’s island in Yarrawonga was something we should do to see the birdlife. We didn’t see that much. A budgie, black swans, willy wagtails and small wrens of various sorts.
The dead trees in the lake gave it a desolate feeling, reflections in the water and leaves on the trees, and reeds made for some interesting shots.
The homestead, about 14kms from Yarrawonga, was built in 1842 by Hamilton Hume, the explorer, for his sister-in-law Elizabeth Hume. Elizabeth was the daughter of a convict and married into the Hume family to much concern. She was widowed when young and with nine children. To be out of the way and useful the family sent her off to north east Victoria to establish the Yarrawonga Run, an 85,000 acre property. The homestead is unique in that it is based on an octagonal design with each room octagonal and arranged around a central octagonal main room. Supposedly this arrangement allowed a clear view all around while in the house so as to ward of attacks from bushrangers or indigenous tribes who were after supplies.
The buildings are heritage listed and the property is now one of the largest vegetable farms in Australia.