Halls Gap and More

The Caravan Park

Some months ago Sandra saw and advert on TV about Holiday Auctions. She made a bid and a couple of days later I was $150 poorer and locked into a Holiday at Halls Gap for 10 days. Eventually a date was decided and preparations made. On 23 Nov we headed for Halls Gap and the Taraku Caravan Park. We arrived around 1700hours and set up the van whilst enjoying a couple cups of tea.
Camp Site Nov 2011

The Park

There is not much to say about the park except it definately needed upgrading. However, the area needs nothing more than people to wander around with cameras and a sense of pleasure at the numbers and closeness of the various
animals. At the back of the mind is the wall of the Bellfield Dam poking its head over the trees behind the park. After the rain of last January the Dams and Lakes around the Grampians are full. The creek beside the caravan park acts as the spillway to Lake Bellfield Dam. A quiet place with both a sense of calm and adventure.
The wall holding Lake Bellfield back from the caravan park.

The Animals

Around the park there are Kangaroo and Deer.
Kangaroo and a shy Deer

Other than lots of Kangaroo and Deer there are also Emu.
Emu

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And birds. Cockatoo, Magpie, Corrella, Currawong, Wattle birds and lots of Finches. The Cockies and Magpies dropped in for all meals and the odd brew.
A Corella was not looking where he was going and knocked himself out by flying into a tree. A kind young lady took him to the local Zoo for repair.
One of our visitors

I even rescued a Corrella from an Emu. The Emu appear to be nasty Birds at times. On this day I was watching Emu and Kangaroo and taking delight in the antics of the many joeys that were playing like puppies. A couple of them even recieved a clip in the ear for being a bit over enthusiastic at play.
On the ground over near a fallen tree there was a flock of Corrella flying around and squarking, making a  terrible noise. They were the audience for an Emu stomping on a Corrella. This Corrella could not fly and defended himself by biting  the Emu on the feet and the face when he got too close. I chased the Emu away picked up the Corrella and put him in a safer place and pulled all the burrs out of his feathers. For this he bit me.

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Jess | Reply 08.12.2011 00.46

Well done on rescuing the bird. I am sure he appreciated it later. :). Xxxx

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11.01 | 04:49

Paul,

Tom Lawrence here again. Been a wee while -did you ever manage to find anything about your father and his time at 70 O.T.U?

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my dad's name is Thomas Christopher Gannan and he was born in 1970. Sorry i dont know the exact date, as i am in foster care.

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Paul. Thank you, and sorry for the slow response. In March we 'reburied' 4 airmen who disappeared in 1942 (ex 72 OTU) and am working on another crew who are MIA

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G'day Tom. I will see what I can find for you and let you know. My name is Paul and am Geralds eldest son.

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