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B&W (V) Kerang (Loddon River) - GA2332

The Burke and Wills story is complex and some aspects are subject to differing interpretations.  Although some of the historical information that is presented with each cache has made use of the State Library of Victoria's publications and collections, it has not been compiled by the State Library of Victoria.


This is a special Burke & Wills cache listed on Geocaching Australia.

This cache requires you to visit a Burke & Wills historical location and take a photo as described along with your GPS receiver and if possible yourself in the picture. Once you have logged this cache as a find, you are required to load your picture to your log to validate your find.

Validating Your Log
Take a picture of your GPS receiver and if possible yoursef showing the Loddon River and attach it to your online log.

Important Information
The Burke Wills Historical Society notes: "The actual route Burke and Wills followed once they left Camp 78 is unknown and one of the most intensely debated issues. Wills' map and some of his journals containing astronomical observations have been lost. Because the journals have never been transcribed, it means the expedition's track north of the Diamantina, through the gibber rises, confused sand dunes and extensive claypans, is a matter for conjecture."
Travel in Outback Australia can be extremely hazardous. Plan your trip with care and seek and follow local advice on what precautions to take. Be aware of private property restrictions. Do not risk your life to log this geocache.

About This Location
The Loddon River, which the expedition crossed here at Kerang in late August, flows 392 kilometres from its headwaters in the Great Dividing Range near Daylesford, through Castlemaine to Swan Hill, where it meets the mighty Murray River.
Melbourne's German community had been well represented on the expedition's planning committee, and two German-Australians were among the officers appointed. Hermann Beckler, 32, the botanical collector and doctor, wrote his own account in his native language. The manuscript remained with his family for nearly a century before being translated and published as "A Journey to Cooper's Creek". Melbourne University Publishing says it "offers insights into the causes of the expedition's failure - an ill-chosen leader and route, and inappropriate and excessive supplies".
A Bavarian, Beckler, below left, was a physician, botanist, zoologist and mineralogist who came to New South Wales in 1856 hoping to discover new plant species. He tended the men stricken with dysentery and scurvy but could do little since the cause was malnutrition. He returned to Germany in 1862 and was a village doctor until his death in 1914.

Dr Ludwig Becker, below right, was the expedition's official artist, naturalist and geographer. Born in Darmstadt, Germany, he'd come to Australia in 1851 and become a prominent figure in Melbourne's scientific and artistic circles. At age 52, he may have been too old for the difficult journey, but his seniority within the Royal Society seems to have secured him his place on the expedition. Regardless, his sketches of landscapes, people and wildlife from the journey represent an outstanding accomplishment on such a troubled adventure.

Additonal Information
Source: Paul Dorsey Used with Permission

Hints Type Other
Location S35° 73.505   E143° 91.005000000001 Difficulty/Terrain 2/2
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18th November 2010
Found 11.00am

We had stopped off at Kerang for a reviving latte on our trip up to Mildura. Plenty of water flowing, close place to stop and grab the necessary photo.
14th November 2010
After finding some GC and GCA caches just out the road I was able to park here and capture a photo of the Loddon River in flowing quite fast. Heavy rains yesterday have helped to breach the banks and I ended up with damp feet.

Thanks GCA and The Morris for the research.
22nd October 2010
Found by Team Ladava around 1.00 pm in transit to Swan Hill to visit an ill relative. As it happened this was the only cache of the trip as we ended up playing 'patient transfer' to a city hospital the following day as a bed became available.

Love this Burke & Wills series.

An excellent and informative set of cache notes and a pleasant location. I doubt if the Loddon was this full when they passed this way. In the cache notes mention is made of the Loddon flowing into the Murray at Swan Hill. I believe it enters some distance upstream of our old home town.

Took the happy snap and we were on our way.

Our thanks to GCA (especially c@w for pulling the series together)


Ian & Sandra

Team Ladava

29th September 2010
We arrived in Kerang just after 5:00pm today, after a big trip following the B&W trail. This one was a quick photo, showing the river in the background - quite high after all of the recent rain.
29th September 2010
Alice was happy to be able to walk over this bridge today - it looked very wet and deep below!
29th September 2010
Heading north.
15th September 2010
The Lodden was certainly putting on a show today Clapping

All the locals were out having a sticky beak at the flood peak passing through Kerang.

So I got plenty of the river in me photo from the bridge opposite the Loddon River Motel.

I wonder where they got that name from ? Dancing

TFTC and a little bit of Burke and Wills history Very Happy
12th September 2010
On our annual pilgrimage to the Snow - an opportunity to grab some new caches.

The river is in flood at the moment - water everywhere. TFTC. Very Happy
10th September 2010

Found by Roma and Max.

Not prepared to risk life and limb here with such a busy road so took our photo a tad away from GZ!
22nd August 2010
woot *FTF* with CazBol. The river wasn't quite raging, and seemed to have a bit of extra plant growth - not a real good look Sad
20th August 2010