Murray-Sunset Misadventure Pt 1
If you didn’t hear, last year Victorians were treated to an extra public holiday. It was confirmed that we would get the Friday before the AFL Grand Final off – meaning an extra long weekend for non-footy fans.
We took advantage of this and decided to go camping in the Murray-Sunset National Park near the pink lakes. At about 6 hours away, you’ll find it located in the north-west corner of Victoria, bordering South Australia and New South Wales.
Percy and Percy: Corner Hargreaves & Baxter St, Bendigo
To break up the drive we stopped by Bendigo for brunch at Percy and Percy. It had a nice outdoor area, almost like entering someone’s spacious backyard.
My friend and I both chose this dish as we thought it would be similar to baked eggs, but unfortunately it was just those ingredients on toast. Filling and tasty, but not what we expected and nothing too fancy.
Take a look at a copy of their menu from September here, so it might be slightly different now.
The Campsite: Murray-Sunset National Park
After a long drive and finally arriving at the dusty Aussie outback, we drove into Victoria’s second largest national park to find a good camping spot.
Secondly, there were so many flies we could hardly open our mouth or relax. In fact we wondered how the lady in the campsite next to us was sitting so calmly in her chair without swatting at flies. It is expected from the outback but wait…
They weren’t flies. They were bees. After realising this and returning to our cars we had to reassess. Upon reading the park information again we realised we had missed a warning box in the corner – feral bees during hot weather. FERAL BEES! Not to mention it was nearly 40 degrees.
With no pink lakes and a feral bee plague, we had been told of another park next to the Murray-Sunset and wondered whether we could stay there. Sorry, no photos of lakes were taken because we were busy escaping bees! A photo of the entrance map I took is below, if you want to see whereabouts we were.
The Final Destination: Hattah-Kulkyne National Park
Finally, we ended up at Hattah-Kulkyne Park instead where we were not greeted by feral bees. We drove past a lake and a BBQ on the way in, so this was also a good sign as it was about time for dinner.
We set up camp with two tents, although we realised the ground was a bit uneven for sleeping. There was also a spot to set up a campfire and someone had left their bag of firewood next to it – win!
Then it was time to finish with some marshmallows and chocolate between crackers! (Note: Also known as s’mores, but apparently Australia doesn’t have the right Graham crackers to ensure it is authentic :P). Accompanied by spiced rum and coke, it was a good old-fashioned way to finish the first night.
Murray-Sunset National Park – Park Note
Murray-Sunset National Park – Pink Lakes
Hattah-Kulkyne National Park – Park Note
For a contrasting experience at Murray-Sunset, see Australian Traveller here.