Strictly for the birds
As with all river areas in Australia, there is prolific bird life in the area. There always seem to be swallows darting across the top of the river and sulphur-crested cockatoos squawking somewhere in the treetops.
Early morning is a good time to catch the activity as they head out for the first meal of the day.
Pictured here is a rosella, another of Australia's glorious array of colourful parrots. I chanced upon his resting spot whilst shooting the paddle steamers shown elsewhere.
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One of the great things is that, with Australians fondness for history, fostered greatly in the latter part of the 20th century, Echuca was a prime target for preservation. Things were still there, albeit many in a rotten state, that could be salvaged and restored and, if you had enough of them, tourists would follow.
This fine 1885 example of a typical Australian pub (yes, I know it has an Irish name, that's where a large portion of our ancestors came from) is a place where I am assured you are guaranteed a cold beer and a good quality meal. I have to say that in Echuca the culinary standard is high, they can't afford not to be.
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An outline of what to see.
If you blow this guide up you will see the extent of preserved and interesting buildings at Echuca.
In 1854 the government surveyor approved the site and renamed it 'Echuca', a Yorta-Yorta (aboriginal) term said to mean 'meeting of the waters'. Land sales proceeded in 1855 and by 1856 Echuca had become dominant over Moama, its opposite number in N.S.W.
Echuca's advantage was that it was closer to the ocean, a significant factor when the rail line cut in.
From June 1856-June 1857 around 150,000 head of livestock crossed the river at Echuca. Steamboat operator Francis Cadell made the town his base and merchants and importers began to set up shop in town.
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