Willie Retreat – beware the emu

We are at a property called Willie Retreat, near the RAMSAR-listed Macquarie Wetlands, not far from Walgett in New South Wales, Australia.

The property has some amazing birdlife, including a bowerbird which has built its bower in the campground and an emu that has imprinted on the owner and defends her from unwelcome guests who try to invade her after hours.

The owner, Myra Tolhurst has won an Australia Day award from the local shire. Myra was a mine of local information and agreed to pose for a photo with David.

We travelled through saltbush plains, brigalow scrub, cattle paddocks and laser-flat cotton fields.

I have also included a couple of shots of an old cattle yard we lunched beside. The rails appeared to have been fashioned from recycled iron railway sleepers. The final photo shows the lumpy, multi-hued saltbush plain with river gums following the watercourse behind.







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