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Yarrawonga-Mulwala

Friday 3rd, (Yarrawonga-Mulwala).

We have moved on to Yarrawonga-Mulwala (Yarra-Mul from now on) and if places improve every time to the extent they have so far then we are going to end up in Eden. This looks like a very nice place to be and I am sure we are going to enjoy our stay here. We are thinking of going on a luncheon boat ride tomorrow on one of either cruise boats called M. V. Paradise Queen, or Lady Murray as it looks rather inviting.

We rang up the other day to book into this caravan park and were told to just arrive and don’t bother booking, and today found out why, the park is humongous and has heaps of park spaces. This place would be very busy if ever all the spaces were full.

Linda had a big win today, she finally convinced me that she should buy me a pair of shorts, and believe me with the temperature as it is today I have no problems wearing them at all.

Saturday 4th, (Yarrawonga-Mulwala).

A small tour today reiterated my feelings for Yarra, It is a place I wouldn’t mind settling down in, but we can’t have ideas like this so early in our travels cause who knows what we will see next. We must come back here though and stay for a while longer.

Yarra-Mul is situated around Lake Mulwala created by a weir Built across the river in 1939. The lake is an ideal area for boating except for the eastern end which still has all the trees standing, even though dead, obviously from when they dammed the river. Cruise boats travel the lake several times a day and it is our intention to take a cruise on Monday either lunchtime or tea time and enjoy a meal on board.

The river below the weir is still high with the floodwaters and looks like an ideal fishing spot. Fishing in the river in this area, from the weir down to Cobram, is banned for three months at this time of year because of spawning season and is not permitted until the end of November. This is a pity because this has been the first time on our travels that I have been tempted to get the rod out of the car. We are parked right on the bank of the river and there is an ideal spot to throw in a line just behind the caravan.

The shopping centre in the town is quite large and with all shops open today we spent some more time walking and checking out the wares, even bought some more shorts.

We are going on a trip to Corowa tomorrow, as there is a market on that Linda wants to go to, but for now we might just check out a 3km walk along the river edge.

 

Barooga

Thursday 2nd November, (Barooga).

As Narrelle would say: – only 23 more sleeps (until the wedding).

We have had a couple of restful days because it has rained again. Linda has written in a postcard to the church at home that it is not our fault that it is flooded over here because it started before we arrived. This is because some members of her church are sure that every time we hook up the caravan it rains.

We are at this moment mostly packed and ready for a move tomorrow to Yarrawonga, our stay at Barooga was very interesting but the flood limited sightseeing. We must endeavour to return here one day when everything is back to normal.

We visited Shepparton on Tuesday because Linda wanted to visit the SPC factory, Campbell’s soup and others that are in the area. This is one area we must visit, maybe on our return to Melbourne from Albury-Wodonga. The SPC factory have a sales direct to the public store which is as cheap as. We could have bought heaps of foodstuff we will need, but unfortunately our limitation on space to store all that we considered buying prevented us from doing so.

I sincerely hope that the next place that we stay at has reasonable TV reception as up until now the reception in the Murray area has not been worth mentioning, I am wondering though whether or not it might have something to do with the fact that we have been staying on the NSW side of the river and the trees surrounding the river may limit signal reception.

Barooga

Monday 30th October, (Barooga).

Linda had her chance to go to the local show and even though it was small, about what one would expect for the area, it was enjoyable. One thing that struck me that I hadn’t seen at any other show was an elderly gent demonstrating, with exactness, how things were done in many years gone by, such as lighting fires with a flint and iron and such things.

We went to one of the local strawberry farms and had an enjoyable meal last evening with the pickings. We also had a look around the river and how it is flooded at the moment. The local highlight for tourists in this area is the beaches available for recreation but they are all under water by about 20 feet at the moment so there is not much to see. I took some pics of the high water with the hope that in a couple of days I can return to the same spot when the water has receded and get some comparison shots. I was originally surprised to see the water up so high here and not at Echuca before we left, but a local tells me that the water can take up to 5 to 7 days to reach Echuca from Cobram.

A bit of a drive around the area today was the order of call to just have a look. We found a caravan park out in the middle of nowhere at Morgans river. It being close to the Murray would make it an ideal spot to go and do a bit of fishing, as was obvious from the cleaning set-ups at some caravan sites. We also came across a cacti farm and stopped and had a look and I never thought there were so many cacti in existence.

An observation today recalled my seeing a similarly shaped tower in most towns in the area. They are cylindrical in shape, about 100 to 150 feet tall, looked like sandstone brick construction and the top half is about 50% greater in diameter than the bottom half. One of these days I will find out what they were used for and wether they still are. They actually look as if they may be some type of water tower, but we will find out.

Echuca / Moama

Friday 27th,( Echuca / Moama).

After walking around and having a good look about Echuca it is not hard to see that one could occupy oneself very easily visiting all the exhibitions on display. This town with all its beauty and things to do, all said and done is really a tourist centre and all are taking advantage of it. One could spend a small fortune as a tourist.

We have had a good time and seen quite a lot of the area and have had inklings that this could even be an area that we could settle down, but then how often, in how many places are we going to have these feelings.

We are wondering at home how many people think that we are actually tied up in the weather problems in the area. Some places are affected by flooding after all the rain we have had and some caravan parks are actually evacuating vans, but we personally have not been adversely affected.

After enjoying our week in Echuca/Moama today was time to move on. We are now camped at Barooga, about 100k east of Echuca and just over the border in NSW across from Cobram.

Linda will finally get her chance to go to a show, as our travels have caused us to miss all shows that have been or were going to be held in the area that we stayed. This weekend is the weekend for the Cobram show and she is very determined to attend, which could be interesting as this show should be about the same size as the Longford show that we used to sometimes go to at home.

Echuca / Moama

Tuesday 24th October 2000, (Echuca / Moama).

Since our arrival ay Echuca, having our relaxed attitude, we have missed an opportunity to have a good look around due to the weather. The fine days we did have were utilised in just familiarising ourselves with the area and now the weather has turned to rain and looks like it has set in for a while so our opportunities to look around are somewhat restricted. This is just one of the things we are going to have to put up with though, and if necessary we will just have to extend our stay for a short while if we wish to have a good look around, as time is of no consequence to us.

As the clouds are patchy today we might just go and have a ride on one of the paddle steamers anyway and hope that it will be fine enough to get a few decent pictures, but any picture taken will be worth it anyway as it will reflect the true events as they occur.