Home for the holidays
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LOXTON, SA NOTmany people think of the Victorian Mallee as a prime tourist destination, but over recent years we have come to treasure our family holidays to the northwest of Victoria.
The small town of Murrayville may not rank with the likes of Venice, Paris, Tokyo or New York, but it’s become a must-go for our family.
Lately we have stayed at the old Murrayville Consolidated School, which has been turned into a B&B. Nights spent around the open fire chatting about nothing in particular are an ideal way to escape from our otherwise busy lives.
What to do on holiday with three kids in a small mallee town? A trip to the sand dunes at Wyperfield National Park for surfcum-skiing practice ensures even the most active of children are totally de-energised. Wandering back to Murrayville requires a stop at the Pink Lakes. The shallow pool of water over salt crystals has the kids engaged in further exploring and, for the adventurous, cracking the salt pan to reveal the hydrogen sulfide-laden subsoils, which contain all the stinky ingredients to keep the boys happy.
The local pub and cafe provides good meals, but if you want diversity wander up and down the highway to other small towns where traditional pub fare involves huge quantities of meat.
During footy season, Murrayville has a Sunday soccer competition, which is a drawcard for locals, backpackers and family tourists. If you can walk, you can play, and it is not unusual for a team to have 40 players on the field.
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