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YOUR FIRST STOP IN 

VICTORIA

The Robinvale Bridge Motel is quite literally the first stop as you enter Victoria over the bridge from New South Wales, so you might as well stop and stay a while.

With beautifully refurbished and decorated rooms for business travellers, labourers, families or just those of us who don't like to plan too far in advance, there is a room for everyone.

We even have a beautiful in-ground pool and BBQ facilities along with our onsite "The Jack Bar & Bistro" where you can call in for dinner or just a drink.

Dean & Alison Mitchell are your hosts and look forward to welcoming you to Robinvale.

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Clifford Possum Tjapaltjarri AO (1932 – 21 June 2002) was an Australian painter, considered to be one of the most collected and renowned Australian Aboriginal artists. His paintings are held in galleries and collections in Australia and elsewhere, including the Art Gallery of New South Wales, the National Gallery of Australia, the Kelton Foundation and the Royal Collection.

Clifford Possum Tjapaltjarri led a ground-breaking career and was amongst the vanguard of Indigenous Australian artists to be recognised by the international art world. Clifford Possum blazed a trail for future generations of Indigenous artists, bridging the gap between Aboriginal art and contemporary Australian art.

In 2002, Clifford Possum was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia ‘…for service as a contributor to and pioneer of the development of the Western Desert art movement, and to the Indigenous community through interpretation of ancient traditions and cultural values.’ He is and has always been regarded as the leading figure in Australian Aboriginal art.

NAIDCO week art exhibition and art show

Two extraordinary works of art will be on display in Robinvale for NAIDOC week this year.

 

Two Brothers, Clifford Possum Tjapaltjarri 1999, have only been shown publicly once before and this year, they will be on display at the Robinvale Community Centre from 5th July - 16th July, and local artists are invited to submit works to be displayed alongside to create a feature NAIDOC art show.

 

Custodian of the works David Lovell says “I’m really excited to show these pieces,  they’re really special and significant, they deserve a more fitting keeping place.”

 

“These pieces have been in my family for years but they should be honoured with their own exhibition, and if we could also feature some of our local Aboriginal artists, what a terrific way to commemorate NAIDOC week.”

David and local artist Luke Morgan will be currating the exhibition working with members of the Marawarpina Local Aboriginal Network and invite Aboriginal artists from around the region to submit works to be displayed alongside one of Australia’s most significant Indigenous artists.

 

As well as being displayed alongside two Clifford’s,  the Marawarpina Local Aboriginal Network are offering cash prizes to be awarded to local Aboriginal artists in this year’s NAIDOC art show.

1st prize = $500

2nd prize = $300

3rd prize = $200

 

Works must be submitted before 5pm Friday 2nd July.

The pop up gallery will be located in the foyer of the Robinvale Community Centre on McLennan Drive from 5th July until Friday 16th July.

 

David can be contacted by phone on 0448900321 for art show submissions or for questions and comment.

 

Biography

Clifford Possum Tjapaltjarri

DOB: c. 1932 – 21 June 2002

Born: Napperby Station, NT

Language Group: Anmatyerre

Community: Alice Springs, NT

With beautiful wide banks sloping into the water, perfect sand bars, sweeping bends and calm waters,  our stretch of the Murray River from Miller's Bend to the weir and below is some of the best for water sports.  

Every summer you'll see all levels of water skier's, wakeboarders, jet skiers out on the water.  It's the perfect place for beginners to learn and a brilliant place for the pro's to perfect their barefooting skills and tricks on boards.

Head upstream or below the lock in search of the elusive giant Murray Cod and you never know your luck.  Perch have been on the bite of late as well

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THE MURRAY RIVER'S BEST LOCATION FOR WATER SPORTS

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HOUSE & PARTY BOATS

They say the simple things in life are often the best, and one of those is our stunning summer Mallee sunsets with the Murray River in the foreground.

Life doesn't get much better really and it's one of those things locals grow up with,  but a luxury for those from other parts of the world.

ROBINSWOOD HOMESTEAD

In 1919 Bert (Herbert) Cuttle and his wife Margaret brought the square mile of freehold (pre-emptive rights) of Bumbang Station. The Cuttle’s envisaged a township and had architects plan for a town and also their retirement home, here on the site of Bumbang Station.

On October 23rd, 1924, the township blocks were sold by auction and the town received its name – ‘Robinvale’.

In 1926 the old drop-log pine homestead at Bumbang, was demolished to make way for the new homestead – Robinswood. Robinswood was architecturally designed and built on a very modern concrete ‘raft’, with double brick cavity walls.

Water was heated by a copper coil in the firebox of the wood stove and kept in an insulated storage tank. Hot water was piped to the kitchen and bathroom.

There was a cellar for cool storage. Rainwater was stored underground and pumped up over the kitchen sink.

The roof tiles, folding door and decorative windows are original; woodwork being stained instead of painted as it is now. The floors were polished wood with carpet squares.

Mr and Mrs Cuttle moved from Ultima to reside at Robinswood.

 

TO FIND OUT MORE: CLICK HERE or visit Robinswood whilst in Robinvale.

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GATEWAY TO MUNGO NATIONAL PARK

​Blazing red earth landscapes - One of those times when the destination trumps the journey.

Mungo is unlike anywhere else in Australia. You'll be forgiven for thinking you’ve arrived on Mars. Hike, bike and drive around this World Heritage Site to make the most of its Aboriginal culture and ancient landscapes.

Protecting and preserving the Aboriginal culture and heritage of Mungo National Park, part of the Willandra Lakes Region World Heritage Area, is a joint effort. NPWS collaborates with representative elders from three local Aboriginal tribes to help manage this special and ancient place.  For more information on Mungo National Parks and the Willandra Lakes Region World Heritage site CLICK HERE.

WALKING TRACKS 

There is an endless amount of river tracks along our Murray River, and a great fully sealed, dedicated walking / bike track from Robinvale, over the bridge to Euston which is approximately 3km.

This track will give you some amazing views of the Murray River from the top and walks you through some beautiful bushland on the NSW side.

Head south along the sealed track from the boat ramp and learn a little about the recent history of the area and some of the landmarks.  This walk takes you down to "The Cut" where many houseboats are moored and some beautiful views await.  You can keep walking for miles past "The Cut" along the river tracks through the Mallee scrub.

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THINGS TO DO

To find out more about our area,  head over to the tourism website here