Lake Meran is a 90-minute drive from home, about halfway between Kerang and Boort. I don’t think I’ve ever been out this way before.
A pretty lake surrounded by eucalypts and with a long sandy beach, Lake Meran is a picturesque place to visit or camp. But the wind! It brought back memories of camping at Lang Lang with Nadine, when we were nearly blown away by gale force winds. OK, so it wasn’t as windy as that, but it was blowy enough to make me seek a sheltered spot. Luckily, I was able to find one.
Being mid-week, it was very quiet. A couple in a caravan were parked several hundred metres away and not in view from my site. The only other person around was a bloke who turned up with his boat one morning for a spot of fishing. On Wednesday afternoon, a couple of vans were parked and left, in preparation for the upcoming long weekend.
Mother Nature treated us to the most beautiful sunrises. And I was thrilled to watch a pair of whistling kites gliding in the strong winds. They occasionally came down to perch in a nearby tree and sang (or whistled, I suppose). Meanwhile Mala was entertained each morning by a small group of swallows. And of course, he loved being so close to the water.
Use of the Lake Meran campground is by donation ($5 per night). There’s a toilet block, with cold showers that looked too grotty to try. For families, there’s a decent kids playground, a basketball court, and BBQ facilities.