Port of Echuca
The kids bounce impatiently on the wharf, watching a paddlesteamer churn down the river towards them. Steam drifts upwards and a sharp toot pierces the air. The paddlesteamer is arriving! An eager scramble over the gangplank, and the kids can get a close-up view of the chugging steam engines and the engineers feeding in the wood. But the best is yet to come. The skipper announces that all children on board can have a turn at steering. Your kids proudly take the wheel and return with certificates proving that they are now first mates!
52 Murray Espl, Echuca; (03) 5482 4248
■ The hour-long guided walk, offered once daily in the late morning.
A miniseries called All the Rivers Run was filmed here in the 1980s. It starred Australian actors Sigrid Thornton and John Waters (who hosted the ABC kids’ show Play School for many years). Try to view All the Rivers Run before you come (there are clips on YouTube), or teenagers might read the book by Nancy Cato on which it was based. You can peek at behind-the-scenes information on the filming at www.portofechuca.org.au
■ A hundred years ago, paddlesteamers travelled to the Port of Echuca from as far away as Queensland to bring cargoes of wool, which were then transported to Melbourne by train. The historic buildings and vessels have been restored, and you can wander the port among people in costume, imagining you have travelled back in time.
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