Written by Kathy Walker – Licensed Real Estate Agent – Elders Residential
Living in Echuca – Moama offers much to do and see. Whether you are in to fitness, wineries, music festivals, sports, camping, the river or nature walks you will always find you can adequately fill the calendar with regular routines and special events throughout the year. For those who visit as tourists to our amazing river towns there is always plenty to do and see. When living here for many years it is sometimes easy to forget how special our river lifestyle town is. So my work mate and friend, Phoebe Henson (who is much younger than myself) and I have decided to create a series of “Love Where You Live” themed short journals. We’ll start nice and basic with a leisurely stroll (or power walk depending on your fitness ambitions or sight seeing pleasures) from the Aquatic Reserve (1) near the base of the Echuca -Moama bridge through to the Public Boat Ramp. Due to office hours we start our walk from the Tourist Information Centre around 6pm at the beginning of early Autumn when the weather is at its best ranging from 25 – 30 degrees on average for the most part. Heading on down through the Aquatic Reserve (2) where the ever popular “Riverboats Music Festival” is held in February each year, you will find a shady park and lake, an ideal picnic spot. Through to the base of the old iron bridge (3) you can see the Moama beach across the river which is a popular swimming spot close to the town centre. Heading on down to towards the old port area to the “Onion Patch” where one can get a great view and photo of the Echuca Wharf and a few of the old paddle steamers. You might even see a few people floating through on the stand up paddle boards or kayak, along with a couple of houseboats (4) moored for the night. The sun is starting to go down and at the same time casting a beautiful glow across the river and illuminating the magnificent gums along the banks. We make our way up to the port precinct where you will catch a glimpse of some historic buildings including the old foundary (5) building which is now an arts space for music and art exhibitions. Then there is the “Echuca Club” (6), the old but updated “Star Hotel” (7), now a relaxing wine bar-restaurant and the “Bridge Hotel”(8) completely refurbished and a pretty impressive looking building. All of the these venues and many more along High Street host the famous “Echuca Winter Blues Festival”, an absolute favourite for locals and draws huge crowds from far and wide. On the opposite side is the port tourist attraction but best of all views of the river. (9) As we walk down to the Murray River again we are now at the Port where the paddle steamers moor and during the day take sightseers for river cruises and even visiting a local winery. The walking track along the river bank continues past many a moored boat and the caravan park a little bit more bush where we will come to the public boat ramp. Here you can hire a canoe or a barbie barge and it is also the finish line for the world renowned “Southern 80 Ski Race”. It is now time to turn back and return from an hour round walk. A snap shot is all this is and there will be plenty of locals that can fill us all in on some of Echuca-Moama highlights. If you would like to share any history or places of interest let us know and we can take another long walk (or drive) to check it all out. Stay tuned….