Lake Boga – Drive Drive By – Think Again

Lake Boga

How many people just drive through a country town as they head to a ‘final’ destination when caravanning and camping?

Yes your honour … guilty.
We are not on the road full time, so generally our holidays are a trip away with a longer stay in one destination and stopovers somewhere in transit.
What if we had more time, I reckon we’d do a bit more investigating, surely that would be more economical for both fuel and accommodation right? … no back tracking.
We recently spent some time in Swan Hill, Victoria.
It’s a great part of the world and some nice surrounding ‘day trips’.
The reason for this blog however (like the title suggests) is that we went out for a drive to check out Lake Boga.
Only about 16km south of Swan Hill we found a huge circular lake covering just over 800 hectares. It has it’s own yacht club, confined areas for swimming, racing boats, yachts, skiing and the caravan park and camping areas extends to some (permits apply) areas around the lake.
It’s an amazing area and if we hadn’t taken the time to observe the signage and make that turn in, we wouldn’t have found an amazing feature.

The Lake Boga Flying Boat Museum.
http://www.flyingboat.org.au
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Yep, right here in Lake Boga is a huge hanger/museum, housing a massive Catalina aircraft and memorabilia dating back to World War Two.

This tiny town was once Australia’s principal flying boat base, servicing and repairing aircraft from Australian, Dutch and US Air Forces.
It is extremely well organized, with audio/video presentations and easily understood written and visual descriptions peppered around the building and communication bunker below.
A big hat’s off to the Lions Club and anyone associated with this museum.
So do yourself as favour and if time permits, perhaps on your way through this wonderful part of the world, drop into Lake Boga, or any town similar … you might be surprised.

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