What better thing to do than go on a holiday after the school holidays, which sounds confusing but definitely got the tick of approval from me! My family decided that we would spend 10 days in the lovely town of Echuca located on the banks of the Murray River during the first week of the term. I was more than happy to revisit the place where I spent my first year of life.
I was born in Echuca hospital on the 19th of June 2003 which seems forever ago. I was excited to be going back to my place of birth, not only for its sentimental value, but also because of its tourist attractions and the prospect of a break. I always leave packing my stuff to the last minute and on this occasion, I nearly forgot my camera but with quick second thinking, my camera was safely in the car and the Griswold’s were off.
During our time in Echuca we stayed at the Echuca Holiday Park, which I must say was a great location and home to fairly good facilities. The amenities were kept at a reasonable standard with two blocks, one new and one old. My favourite addition to the park was its recently built camp kitchen which was also home to a strong, free Wi-Fi signal. If I had to pick my least favourable part of the park it would be something out of anyone’s control… ducks! We spent a lot of our time waving them away from pooping on our site, which wasn’t easy with their very protective nature due to their ducklings!
The historic part of Echuca is mind blowing with many ways to step back in time and imagine what it was like years ago. The Port of Echuca Discovery Centre was where we started and it was really easy to picture it back when it was thriving. My brother (who is 10) loved it as much as I did if not more and the hands-on aspect made it even better. It was definitely a highlight of our trip.
Another heritage aspect of Echuca which you can’t miss is the paddle steamers. They whistle all day long which is easily heard from the caravan park. We boarded the PS Canberra for an hour trip up and down the Murray River. It was powered by wood which amazed me and we received very informative commentary by the skipper, who was more than happy to answer questions. There are numerous paddle steamers to enjoy at all different prices and packages. We even witnessed a wedding in one instance which looked very flash.
I think my favourite part about our trip to Echuca was the aspect of returning to where it all started. Mum and Dad took my brother and I on a tour of the town, pointing out where they used to work, where I was born and all the things that I didn’t remember from my age of one. It was also an awesome opportunity to visit and meet some of the people that Mum and Dad became friends with during their time living in the area.