Sunday, November 23, 2008

What is the Five O'Clock Wave?

According to the local people of the New South Wales town of Wagga Wagga, at precisely 5 o'clock each day, a giant wave washes down the Murrumbidgee River. This follows the release of water from the Blowering and Burrinjuck Dams. Depending on water levels at the time, the speed and power of the wave has been known to allow surfers to ride it all the way to the nearby town of Narrandera, some 100Km away.
In 1918, on a brief visit to Australia, the famous comedic actor, Charlie Chaplin, visited the small town with the express purpose of seeing this most incredible phenomena. Unfortunately, due to the drought conditions that were the plight of much of the country at the time, he left disappointed.

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