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Magpies at Stawell

We made it to Stawell, at the foot of the Grampians, in time for lunch. A lovely town. They were getting ready for the Stawell Gift, a 100m handicap foot race that's run at Easter. These magpies were very keen to share our lunch: they were as persistent as seagulls!





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The Mallee silo art trail

Silos painted by street artists: farmer in Patchewallok; farm people in Brim; indigenous family in Sheep Hills and sporting kids in Rupanyup.





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At the Hopetoun pub

This is actually the Hopetoun Community Hotel. We're staying here to do some washing and have a hot shower. David and I have lashed out on a cabin(really nice and clean too) but Pru and Michael are camping on an unpowered site for $15 per night - and it's an honesty payment system! Thought we'd try out the local pub - it'll be interesting to see what the food is like ...



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Wyperfeld National Park

Look at this big sand dune in the middle of the scrub! Apparently this whole area was over-farmed and now there are big sand dunes everywhere. You can see Pru struggling to make it to the top! The Vic National Parks is trying to restore the natural vegetation of cypress pines and mallee scrub, so you can only drive on the tracks and camp in designated camping areas.




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sunny 25 °C

Patchewallock is a small town on the Yorta Plains between Mildura and Horsham. To try and boost tourism, they've joined the silo art trail, which is a group of towns that have decorated their old unused silos with artwork. The other photo is 'the big mallee fowl', which is also in
Patchewallock. The mallee fowl are native to this region, and they lay their eggs in big round sand nests, using the heat of the sand to incubate them.



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