Blogs from Echuca, Victoria, Australia, Oceania


Oceania » Australia » Victoria » Echuca September 28th 2015

First job of the morning was to check out the tyre repair place. Yes, they could help but they might be a while. So we went up to the bakery for a coffee. We were sitting down reading the Melbourne papers and having coffee when the tyre repair guy walked in. Bad news I'm afraid, the tyre can't be repaired. They didn't have the same tyre that we already had installed but they could fit something comparable. At $275 each, we weren't rushing to change all six tyres but we eventually decided to change two. The tyre replacement would take more time so Georgi went window shopping and Lenny had a haircut. When we got back to the bus, the story had changed again! It seems one of the wheels (the one with the flat tyre) ... read more
Torrumbarry Weir
Torrumbarry Weir
Murray River campsite

Oceania » Australia » Victoria » Echuca March 16th 2015

Day 24 – 16/03/2015 Went to Bandicoot Brewery down on the Midland Highway in Echuca South. Only a small brewery just kicking off, but already having their beer sold in pubs in Echuca & Bendigo. Their bottled beer (in aluminium stubbies) are soon to be available in Melbourne. Drinking from a glass straight from the vat tap, I could not resist the Barbed Wire Blonde, available in 330ml stubbies at 5.4% alcohol volume, investing in some to take home. That is of course if they don’t disappear beforehand! Then it was off to the Echuca Workers & Services Club for their Monday lunch/dinner special: T-bone steak with either chips & salad or veggies, also including a choice of sauces & a drink for a measly $11. Makes you wonder how they can make any money on ... read more

Oceania » Australia » Victoria » Echuca March 15th 2015

Day 23 – 15/3/2015 Hooray! Violin lady left today! Peace & tranquillity is back! Went to the Rich River Golf Club, just across the border into NSW a few kilometres out of Moama. A very nice place with good priced food & drinks. Returned to the Holden Museum just around the corner from the caravan park. Not over large like some museums, but the disappointing thing for me was the lack of Commodore vehicles. I had expected to see the entire range of Holden vehicles, but this was an obvious huge hole in the lineage of cars put out by Holden. Afterwards we went for a walk down the main street, visiting the chocolate shop. Deb tried the Chocolate Liqueur while I sampled the chocolates. Deb purchased a champagne truffle while I had a solid chocolate ... read more

Oceania » Australia » Victoria » Echuca January 8th 2015

Words and Pictures When we sold Gypsy we asked the new owners if they would keep us in touch with what was happening as far as Gypsy went and as far as the trip and travels where gypsy was used, I appreciate that she no longer belonged to us, but she was really a part of “Our Family” and part of some of the biggest adventures we had had in Australia. I do appreciate that on our first trip new travelled 66,000 kilometres around Australia in an entry level soft floor camper trailer for 16 months, yet our second trip when we covered about 8,000 Kilometres’ and 4 months from our spiritual home on the farm in Nangus New South Wales to Western Australia it seemed so much more of a bigger trip and, possibly due ... read more
Words and Pictures
Wordsand Pictures
Words and Pictures

Oceania » Australia » Victoria » Echuca December 1st 2014

Hi travel followers. Another week has passed and we have moved yet again to Rochester, Victoria (north of Bendigo), but not before spending a week chilling out at Echuca/Moama. What a lovely place it was on the Murray River bordering Victoria and NSW and watching the many Paddle Steamers travelling up and down the river. You may also be surprised “as were we” that we have officially been retired and on our “Australian Adventure” for our first “YEAR” OR 12 months OR 365 Days, depending on how you look at it. We had to ask ourselves where the time went, until we looked back at where we have been, stayed and the things we have seen. Not a boring day amongst them. For those who may be contemplating a similar trip, I thought I would take ... read more
Murray Cod at Swan Hill
Swan Hill Paddle Steamer/restaurant
Our visiting family of ducks

Oceania » Australia » Victoria » Echuca September 30th 2014

The Port of Echuca on the banks of the Murray River was the commercial hub for the region for many years. Even though the original freight and transport have been replaced by rail and in our days, road transport, the port is still very busy. This early community had everything from places to sin and get forgiveness; Churches, saloons and pubs, and Victoria's only brothel etc. I was amazed at the number of paddle steamers moored at the port, and then a little further down stream, the huge number of house boats either owner occupied or available for hire. The original port precinct is busy with tourist bookings and a variety of knick knacks, or tasty treats. There is a very attractive coffee and food outlet draped in wisteria along both the veranda and the front ... read more
The old horse and cart
Paddle Steamer
Smaller Paddlesteamers

Oceania » Australia » Victoria » Echuca August 26th 2014

We are one day from the end of our holiday. We have spent the last four days traveling southward home. There isn't much to be said about travelling. On Sunday we arrived at Coonabaraban at around lunchtime, as planned, because we wanted to visit the telescope at Siding Springs. Coonabarabran claims to be the astronomical capital of Australia, so our visit here was of particular interest to Frank, how is a keen amateur astronomer. As we were checking in to the John Oxley Caravan Park, we found a brochure advertising viewings through private telescopes belonging to a former manager of Siding Springs, so we booked in for that as well. The drive up to Siding Springs was very pleasant, offering spectacular views of the Warrumbungle National Park and an amusing array of roadside letter boxes. It ... read more
The Warrumbungles National Park
Emmy Lou
Rugged up

Oceania » Australia » Victoria » Echuca August 9th 2014

We left home in Echuca after work on a Friday with the aim of putting a few Klms of tarmac under us before nightfall, after all the aim of this trip was to get over to the Head of Bight as soon as practical to watch the whales, this blog is going to be one ‘whale of a tale’! This blog will not cover any history, ‘touristy stuff’, etc on the way across to the Nullarbor, more, it will detail our route and some info that may help others in planning a trip along a similar route. We will ‘stop and smell the roses’ a bit more on our return route! We headed straight for Nyah and a camping area which is on the banks of the Murray River behind the Harness Racing Club. This is ... read more
Troll & Trakkie
Lunch stop!

Oceania » Australia » Victoria » Echuca July 28th 2014

July 2014” Since our ‘The Wrong Way Around Trip’…well…basically I have been ‘slack’! Yes, we have done a few trips, but, I have not completed any Blogs for you all to follow us, sorry! Mostly our trips have been within Victoria and centred around the High Country and the Murray Valley, although one trip we did should have been written up and that was to the Birdsville Races last September, (Schoolies Week for over 55YO’s without high rise buildings to get into strife on!) . This was a fantastic trip with a number of highlights for us. From home (in Echuca) we headed north to Hay and onto Wilcannia, a historic town on the Darling River. It is hard to believe when you look at the state of the mighty Darling that this was a busy ... read more
Warri Gate

Oceania » Australia » Victoria » Echuca July 22nd 2013

A few ‘Stats’ for our trip ‘The Wrong Way Around’ As well as an amazing experience, we saw some incredible regions and places within this great country; many of which we know we will return to on future trips we have planned. Some of the spots we loved and would like to return to are The Eyre Peninsular, South West WA, The Northern Kimberley and the Gulf Country. ‘Evergreen favourites’, The Flinders Ranges and the interior of this country are always on our list. But, in this Blog, the last for this trip, I thought some of you may be interested in a few statistics…so here they are. · It is a long way around this country and we could have doubled these kilometres but you cannot do everything in one trip; you have to leave ... read more
Warra Station ... beachside camping.
Pentecost River with Cockburn Ranges in background.
Dinner at sunset, Katherine Gorge.

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