Saturday, March 13, 2010

Near Narrandera, New South Wales, Australia

It is not uncommon for travellers to come upon a stock muster when passing through the New South Wales Riverina, and the sight of a large mob of sheep, together with the stately gum trees that punctuate the plains of golden grass, help to form much of the character of the Australian rural scene. Situated on the Murrumbidgee, 586 kilometres south-west of Sydney, Narrandera is surrounded by broad, irrigation-fed plains that rise to 176 metres (576 feet) above sea level. It is one of the oldest towns in the Riverina, is an important road-and-rail junction, and a centre for a rich primary-producing area. The town's name is an Aboriginal word for a place of many lizards.

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