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6th Jan 2018 - 12th Jan 2018
Week 442 - Echuca

We have had a busy and varied week, departing Lake Mulwala on Sunday and heading west to Tocumwal. On arrival the hoards of Christmas and New Year revellers were departing in droves and surprisingly left the Town Beach for us to enjoy.  The daytime temperatures were up in the mid 30's, so a dip in the Murray was most welcoming every afternoon.  The wildlife was abundant with the roos in the morning and the birdlife in the afternoon.  Next door was an inexpensive restaurant where we could get an egg and bacon breakfast for $10 - luxury!! and as a bonus, there was a very pleasant walk through the forest and at the end of the track was the Tocumwal Hotel.  Ordinary beers, but a welcome cold one after a warm day.

Next stop Echuca, a little bit disappointing as the busy tourist strip was basically empty and not a tug boat to be seen.  However, we could hear the steam engines in the distance as we sucked on a pint of Keepers from the Cricketers Arms Group - a very tasty drop.  At Echuca we camped down by the Campaspe River, a little bit dusty and a little bit dry, yet very peaceful.

Our company for the Echuca leg was Allan and Di from Hervey Bay whom we met about six years ago at Port Augusta.  It's nice to catch up with fellow travellers once in a while.

So our journey South West to Adelaide is progresssing to a tight schedule.

Next: Week 443 - Waikerie
Previous: Week 441 - Kyffen Reserve

Diary Photos
8th Jan 2018  Deadwood
Lake Malwala is slowly clearing the trees.

8th Jan 2018  Town Beach
Town Beach was absolutely packed over the Christmas and New Year period, but we arrived just as everyone was packing up to go home and we had the place to ourselves.

9th Jan 2018  Skippies
An early morning walk with Rusti drew the attention of the kangaroos.

9th Jan 2018  White Clouds, White Corellas

9th Jan 2018  Please observe the sign
The fishermen in Tocumwal were very confused and so is the council.

10th Jan 2018  Standard Railway Bridge
The design of these bridges must have been quite successful as several of the bridges are quite the same.

10th Jan 2018  Scenic Tocumwal

11th Jan 2018  Rochester revisited
I was born in the Medway Towns (Rochester/Chatham). However the oldest building in Rochester was built in 1106, this one was probably the turn of the 19th Century.

12th Jan 2018  Nile Perch
This sculpture was used at the Commonwealth Games in Melbourne in 2006

12th Jan 2018  Weeping Willows - Cohuna
Camped at the park at Cohuna

12th Jan 2018  White Faced Heron
This White Faced Heron was fishing at the weir and surprisingly he was getting quite a good catch.

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