The great flood of 1956 changed the course of the Murray River in front of you creating what’s called Dix’s cutting, an ox-bow lake in this section. Up until then this was part of the main river channel. The river and landscape environment surrounding Wilkadene is considered semi-arid and the Murray River is the lifeline of our communities and industry.
The region is covered in a red clay which is great for irrigated crops when drenched by the many hours of sunshine our region receives. Some of the main crops surrounding Wilkadene include citrus, almonds and wine grapes. Before irrigation, this area was used for cropping and grazing, primarily wheat and sheep. These practises are still widely being used in the area.
Across the Murray River you’ll see an island covered in the native River Red Gum. River Red Gums can grow to be over 500 years old and some 15 billion were cut down and used during the paddle steamer era.
You’ll may also see a variety of bird life including Ducks, Darters, Ibis, Swans, Magpies, Plovers, Cormorants, Galahs, Doves, Kites and of course the Kookaburra. Less common species include the spectacular Sacred Kingfisher, Blue Wren, Parrots and Ringnecks, Honeyeaters and the Butcher Bird.
Corellas although similar to Sulphur-crested Cockatoos are very playful and are a smaller cousin. Little Corellas are mostly white, with a fleshy blue eye-ring and a pale rose-pink patch between the eye and bill. In flight, a bright sulphur-yellow wash can be seen on the underwing and under tail.
The Murray itself contains Native fish species including Murray Cod, Trout Cod, Golden perch (Callop/Yellowbelly), Silver perch and Freshwater Catfish. Introduced species include European Carp and Redfin. Crustaceans include the Yabby and the Murray crayfish.
Nearby you can also experience the local eroded sandstone cliffs. Close by is Headings Cliffs which has a spectaular lookout where the unique geological formations amaze and change colours during the course of the day.