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    Holden Museum

    by Kitty82 Written Dec 19, 2013
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    Die heart Holden fan?? Well Echuca has a Holden Museum where you can view models ranging from 1930 to present. They have at least 40 restored cars and historical information. To be honest I wasn't all that into it not being into cars myself, but Shaun enjoyed it and got some great photos. There is also a gift shop for souvenirs. Admission is $8 per person

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    Try and catch a yabby!

    by Kitty82 Written Dec 18, 2013

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    Shaun pulling in the yabby trap

    While we were here we bought a yabby trap to put into the river and try our luck at catching something. There are plenty of fishing shops on HIgh St that sell these and we picked one up for $8. We left ours out overnight and even though we didn't catch any yabby's we caught plenty of shrimp - so at least we got something!

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    Dont miss the Paddle Steamer.

    by Kitty82 Written Dec 18, 2013
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    You can't come to Echuca without going on a Paddlesteamer. That would be like going to Sydney without seeing the Opera House. At the time we were in town, the PS Emmylou was out of service so we choose to go on the PS Canberra instead.

    The Canberra was built in 1912 and was fully restored in 2003 and is a great was to see the Murray River. The cruise was an hour long and comes with informative commentary about the area and the paddle steamer itself. Once you are inside you get a view of the magnificent steam engine and the workings inside, you can even get a picture of yourself steering the boat.There is a Kiosk onboard serving alcoholic/non alcoholic drinks as well as food.
    If I was to go again, I would try and avoid school holidays and go early in the morning so its not so hot. Tickets were $24pp.

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    Cruise on a Paddlesteamer on the Murray

    by Kate-Me Updated Dec 16, 2013

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    A visit to Echuca isn't really complete without a ride on one of the 4 or 5 Paddlesteamers that run cruises (some 1 hour cruises, dinner cruises, and even one that has little cabins on board and runs 4-5 night trips down the Murray)

    The 1 hour cruises are about $25-$27, depending on which paddlesteamer you take. My favorite is the Emmylou as it's still steam driven and before the cruise you can watch them loading several tonnes of wood onboard.

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    ECHUCA PORT AREA WITHOUT TICKET

    by balhannah Written Oct 21, 2012
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    If you haven't bought the admission ticket for the wharf walk, all this means is that you won't be to go into quite a few buildings. You will be able see the blacksmith working, and to view everything, this was good enough for us!
    We were happy with all we saw.

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    ADMISSION TO OLD PORT BUILDINGS

    by balhannah Written Oct 21, 2012
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    If you want to see inside the old historic buildings in this area, then you will need to buy the "wharf walk" ticket.
    This ticket will give admission to the Cargo shed, the Railway Guard's van and breakdown van, on board one of the paddlesteamers, the Wet Dock to view paddlesteamer restoration, steam display and more.
    The website will tell you all the details of what you will see and do.

    Wharf Walk prices.......Adult: $12.45....Child (4-14yrs): $8.50..Family: $37.70

    The HERITAGE PACKAGE INCLUDES.........
    - One hour paddlesteamer cruise departing from Echuca Wharf
    - All day Wharf Walk admission & guided tour
    - Admission to the National Holden Museum
    - Admission to Echuca Historical Society Museum
    - Admission & guided tour of The Great Aussie Beer Shed

    PRICE....Adult: $45.00....Child (4-14yrs): $22.50.....Family: $121.00

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    STREET OF CHURCHES

    by balhannah Written Oct 19, 2012
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    Hare & Percy streets in central Echuca, was where the majority of Churches were, mind you, they were pretty good to view!
    St Andrew's Presbyterian (now Uniting) Church was built in 1889. If you look opposite the Church, a marker records the height of the massive 1870 flood.
    Still walking along Hare street, I found St Mary's Catholic Church (1865) on the corner of Percy & Hare streets. Along Percy street are more old buildings including the Chemist, which was once the Bank of Australasia [built 1870] and another Church, the oldest in Echuca - The Wesleyan (1865), although it has recently been purchased by the Catholic Church who want to demolish it, I do hope they don't destroy this piece of history.

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    WALK HIGH STREET - ECHUCA

    by balhannah Updated Oct 19, 2012
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    High street is a street with plenty to see and do.
    The World In Wax displays realistic wax figures of of notable (and infamous) historic figures and has 30 miniature dioramas.
    It is open daily from 9.00 a.m. to 5.00 p.m. ...... Located at 630 High St.

    Across the road, is the Shamrock Hotel (1885) and the Echuca Hotel, built in 1873 to replace the 1858 original which was built for famous explorer Thomas Mitchell. Further along, is the Bank of NSW, a building that looks strong enough to keep any Bank Robber away! Built in Classical design in 1877, I wonder if it did.
    Lots of specialty shops to cater to the tourist trade and the Pancake Parlour which was the former Bank of Victoria (1860).

    Across the road, is the Murray River Aquarium which has a native fish and reptile display.

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    CALLING ALL HOLDEN CAR FANS!

    by balhannah Written Oct 19, 2012

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    In Echuca, there is a museum dedicated to the Holden Car.

    The National Holden Motor Museum has over 40 immaculately restored Holdens historic film footage and souvenirs. The vehicles and memorabilia is courtesy of Holden Ltd, Holden enthusiasts and private collectors. The Museum is a ever changing display.

    For Australians visiting this Museum, it is like walking back down memory lane. Lots of our families owned an Australian made Holden car and still do.
    For those coming from overseas, in 1948 the Holden car was the first all-Australian motor vehicle produced.
    A souvenir shop sells Holden apparel and more.

    OPEN DAILY... 9.00 a.m. to 5.00 p.m
    ADMISSION...$6

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    ECHUCA COURTHOUSE & MUSEUM

    by balhannah Written Oct 19, 2012

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    Heading to the historical Museum, I first came across the very impressive looking old courthouse, first used as the shire hall in 1872.

    My next stop was the Echuca Historical Society Museum, housed within the former police station and lock-up (1867).
    The Museum displays all items relating to Echuca and its river trade and about the town. Old river charts, photo's, info on the local timber industry, Paddlesteamers, teamsters, a collection of wedding dresses from the early 1900's, and information on the early settlers.
    Wander outside, and you will find stationary engines, horse drawn transport and equipment and more.

    ONLY OPEN SHORT HOURS....
    11.00 a.m. to 3.00 p.m. on weekdays and from 10.00 a.m. to 3.00 p.m. on weekends

    ADMISSION.....Adult $5.00 per person.... Child $1 per person

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    CHILDREN'S PLAYGROUND

    by balhannah Updated Oct 19, 2012

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    Do you have children and are they getting bored?

    At Echuca, in a park along Murray Esplanade, is a childrens playground built in the shape of a Paddlesteamer. It is fully fenced so it's quite a safe play area.

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    PADDLE STEAMER EMMYLOU

    by balhannah Updated Oct 19, 2012

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    A must visit in Echuca is the old wharf area where quite a few of the old time Paddlesteamers are.

    The P.S. Emmylou is driven by a completely restored 1906 steam engine, and is quite new, as it was built locally between 1980-82 in the style of the 19th century paddleboats. She is 30 metres long and 10 metres wide, steel hulled and timber decked.
    The Emmylou is the only wood-fired paddlesteamer in the world offering regular overnight cruising.
    She is fuelled by redgum logs and named after US country and western singer Emmylou Harris.
    For the men, there is a viewing area above the engine, and for the ladies, just sit back and relax and enjoy the wonderful scenery along the River Murray.

    PS Emmylou, is a genuine steam cruise, fully licenced and has an 'all day' menu available on all cruises, and a lunch menu available on the 1.5 hour cruises.
    You can view the menu and details of other cruises on the Emmylou on the website listed below.

    1 HOUR CRUISE DEPARTS... 10:00am & 3:00pm

    COST IN 2012....
    Adult/Senior: $26.50 Child: $12.00 Family: $70.00

    1 .5 HOUR CRUISE DEPARTS....11:15aM & 1:00pm
    Adult/Senior: $33.00 Child: $15.00 Family: $80.00

    At peak times, it is possible there may be more cruise times allocated.

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    STAR HOTEL

    by balhannah Updated Oct 19, 2012

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    The Star Hotel (1867), isn't a big impressive Hotel like most are in Australia, instead it's a rather plain red brick building, built to cater for the booming river trade. The hotel was constructed with a large under ground bar called The Shades. This was to escape the summer heat to have a drink in the relative cool 12 ft under the ground. The hotel was know as a rough and drunken establishment and was eventually de-licensed in 1897. The owner still continued to trade illegally and was raided by police, so what did he do, he built an escape tunnel out of the shades bar out into the alley behind. The cellar and escape tunnel can still be visited.

    Hard to believe, the Star hotel was one of 78 hotels in Echuca.

    The Historic Hotel was eventually purchased by the City of Echuca in 1973, was restored and is now back operating as the Star Hotel once again.
    The Hotel is open for Breakfast & Lunch 7 days, Dinner Wed to Sunday & holidays, it has an internal courtyard, a Wine Bar, Public bar and a Cafe which serves coffee & cake.

    Situated opposite the Historic Echuca Wharf In the heart of the Port Precinct.
    The Star Hotel Runs through from High St to Murray Esplanade.

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    BARGE ALISON

    by balhannah Updated Oct 19, 2012

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    A very heavy Barge is on display near where the Paddesteamers are. In was built in Koondrook [another town on the River Murray] in 1907. Guess the weight....60 tons!

    The Barge was owned by Evans Brothers sawmills prior to 1958, this was the last year redgum logs were brought from the forest by river. The logs were placed parallel with the barge on either side of the hull and were supported by chains from riggers laid across the top of the barge.

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    PADDLESTEAMER CANBERRA

    by balhannah Updated Oct 19, 2012

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    The PS Canberra also offers a 1 hour cruise. She has been plying the River Murray in the Echuca area for over 40years, and is interesting for the steam enthusiast who can see the engine working from a viewing area above.
    Wide viewing windows allow viewing of the paddle wheels, I don't know about you, but I really enjoy hearing the splash of the water as the wheel turns. Once again, there is a commentary, a kiosk, and is fully licensed.
    Children have the opportunity to steer & obtain a free skippers certificate

    COST IN 2012 FOR 1 HOUR CRUISE.
    Adult: $22.75 Senior: $19.50 Child: $10.00 Family: $60.00
    SAILING TIMES.... 10:30am, 11:45am, 1:15pm and 2:30pm.

    The website has more details on dinner cruise and charters.

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