When you’re visiting Goolwa next, take a walk out to the River Murray barrage for an interesting insight into the river management and the chance to get up close to some of the birds and wildlife that call this gateway to the Coorong home.
We haven’t been given the green light yet to go caravan or camping in South Australia, and when we do it will at first, be only within the state. I know plenty of people are itching to head away somewhere…anywhere, for a change of scenery. And perhaps like me, you’re sick of hearing about ‘a new normal’, ‘unprecedented’, ‘social distancing’, ‘isolation’ and every other term we’ve heard too often over the past few months. That’s not to say we don’t still follow every bit of advice from the health professionals (they are doing a brilliant job in Australia) but a break from the doom and gloom is going to be very welcome.
If you’re looking for a high powered, noisy, exciting spectator sport then make your way to the lower Murray River town of Goolwa for a dose of flat out speedboat racing in April. The Goolwa Aquatic Club is the home of power boating and spectators can watch these fast machines from a grassy river bank vantage point. If you take deckchairs or a picnic rug you can settle in with some snacks and drinks and watch the action unfold in front of you.
On the edge of the Murray River in Goolwa, on Barrage Road, there is a green park just made for family and friend gatherings. A standout for the kids (and big kids) is a large wooden playground full of interesting equipment, swings, winding paths, a clever slide and even its own restored 10 metre wooden fishing boat to explore, just what every good waterside park should have. The playground is also a nature playspace, surrounded with lawn, native garden, a creek and dotted with sculptures and arty creations to find as you climb and weave your way through the garden.
Are you familiar with the term Peace River? It was a new one to me but Australia’s largest river, the Murray River has been dedicated as one. I was only aware of it when I noticed a dedication plaque that is fixed to the bridge that spans the river from Goolwa to Hindmarsh Island.
Every so often I still enter photography competitions mainly to dare myself to hold it with the best. I am by no means technically correct, my photography is more emotional as well as trial and error. If I see it and love it, or it makes me go wow then I just assume that someone else might feel that way too. There are lots of photos I’ve taken that I really love and to me tell a story of a time or place and sometimes I will enter a competition to push myself and dare to try. This is especially true if it’s a competition where the judges are professional photographers whose opinion or critique I value. The recognition and acknowledgement to me is huge, worth more than any prize offered even.