On a boat in a deck chair

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Captain Emma, steering the Rothbury

Over breakfast this morning we chatted with the Austrian couple who we had arrived with, about Asia, they had done a similar trip a couple of years ago so it was good to hear about their experiences, especially of Laos and Cambodia.  They were leaving today but we said we would probably meet up again in Broken Hill next week. 

In the afternoon we  headed down to the river to get on a paddle boat.  We boarded The Rothbury just before 2pm.  We were on a 2 hour trip that took us up the river through lock number 11 and past the Mildura weir.  The boat had been built in 1881 and was originally used in the logging industry before being turned into a tourist boat in the mid 1900's.  Originally it had been steam powered but had been converted to make it more efficient and economical.  On the river we passed a number of house boats (a bit like floating caravans), a number of red gum trees distinctive of this area and had some local widlife pointed out to us.  On board we sat in the sun on the deckchairs up front and had a relaxing two hours, enjoying a beer as we went along. 

We spent the evening watching the first of the Commonwealth bank series finals - England Vs Australia.  It was such an exciting match which went down to the last over  - and finally England have beaten Australia in a final this summer. At one point Emma didn't dare to watch it and had to go out she was so excited!

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Captain Emma, steering the Rothbury
Captain Emma, steering the Rothbury
On deck
On deck
Coming out of Lock 11
Coming out of Lock 11
A houseboat
A houseboat
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photo by: Adrian_Liston