Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Murray River Ramble part 3

 From Nyah we moved onto Echuca and after enquiries at the Information Centre we went out of town  about 8 klms east to a place on the Murray which wasn't really suitable for the big van so we ended up back a bit further and again on the Murray.  There were a few house boats moored near us but access to the water wasn't very easy.

 Night time on the Murray near Echuca

 Machinery at the Wharf Precinct Echuca

 Paddlesteamers and Houseboats at Echuca

 The next day we wandered into town to check out the sites and just as we were leaving the Wharf area we ran into friends from Darwin who were about to go on the lunchtime paddle boat cruise so we arranged to meet them on their return. It was great to catch up over a beer. They were only there for the day and moving on to Yarrawonga that afternoon.

After the 2 nights at Echuca we went to Tocumwal where we again caught up with Diane and Bruce who were staying at Apex Beach but we opted to stay at Town beach as we needed the water to catch up on the washing. The border hopping was getting to us a bit as we were sometimes not sure which state we were in however no change in the time zones made it easier.

 Our riverside camp at Tocumwal

 We had a nice relaxing week at Tocumwal and I walked up to town most days  to get the paper as it was a nice walk from the camp. We also had morning tea with Diane and Bruce who excelled themselves with Devonshire tea complete with jam and cream.

 while we were at Tocumwal we did a day trip to Findly and Jerilderie and back via Berrigan and Cobham.  It was a nice day out and we had morning tea at Jerilderie in a park near a unique windmill which apparently is only one of 2 in existence .

 Lake at Finley

 Unique windmill at Jerilderie

 Some poeple may remeber that Jerilderie is famous for a Ned Kelly raid and a letter that he wrote. there was to be a reenactment of that incident about a week after we were there.

 On our way back we came across  "The Drop" which was where 2 irrigation canals intersected but one was lower than the other hence the drop. After wandering in NSW most of the day we crossed the river at Cobham and stopped at the Big Strawberry farm  but were very dissapointed on their offerings. Just got some jam befroe crossing back into NSW and home.

 Our next leg along the river was to be the last fro a little while. We found Forges beach about 8 klm from Yarrawonga to be a nice setting and really wnjoyed our few days there.

 Billabong Creek at Jerilderie- longest creek in Australia

 The Drop Irrigation Canal where 2 canals intersect

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