Instead of travelling east, as we usually do for our short holidays, we decided to go north to Echuca for it is many years since we visited this region.
Echuca is a town located on the banks of the Murray and Campaspe River in Victoria. The border town of Moama is on the northern side of the Murray River in New South Wales.
Our first visit was to the Information Centre where we planned activities for our 4 night stay (Monday 26 to Friday 30 October). Our accommodation was close to the town's centre:
The main attraction of Echuca is its port and paddle steamers. The Port of Echuca Discovery Centre and adjacent buildings provide an insight into the history of the port and the river trade of days gone by:
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The Pride of the Murray was our selection for a 1.5 hour cruise and luncheon on the Murray River.
After the river cruise we stepped back in time by visiting the Penny Arcade situated in the port's main road. For an hour we watched in amusement a few short silent movies, and then played games on seven old machines into which we inserted pennies. These activities brought back youthful memories of when we use to play similar machines.
On Tuesday afternoon we drove 40 km to Mathoura, NSW, where we passed through a red gum forest. Along the way we stopped to visit the Reed Beds Bird Hide. As we moved towards the bird-hide along a boardwalk we stopped from time to time to read colorful discs containing information about the birds. The discs were a novelty for when they were spun a bird call, relevant to the description, was emitted. The only birds we could see were perched in the isolated tree on the other side of the water.
Gulpa Creek and Red Gum Trees
On the last day we had lunch at Morrisons Riverview Winery and Restaurant. As we were being led to our table we noticed two kookaburras perched on the railing adjacent to our table: each bird was perched adjacent to our two chairs. So proudly did they stand that it was as if they had been trained to welcome visitors. The birds soon lost interest in us interlopers and retreated to a nearby red gum tree. Prior to leaving, it was our pleasure to compliment the chef for a delectable lunch. Upon return to our accommodation we drifted gently into the comfort of a siesta.
On the way home we stopped at Gisborne for lunch.
At the Information Centre we learned that there is a limited train service from Southern Cross to Echuca. Perhaps our next return to Echuca will be by train for a two night stay.
We now plan to revisit Healesville for a short holiday during the first week of December.