Wangaratta to Echuca

This morning was again very cold.  We weren’t in any real hurry to get going and I didn’t want to pack up while everything was wet and damp so I let the Navigator have a bit of a sleep in.  We finally left the caravan park in Wangaratta at 10.30am and headed off towards Echuca.

Early Morning In Wangaratta

Early Morning In Wangaratta

As we were driving through Bundelong we were stunned by the destruction along the Highway.  A tornado tore through the area on March 22, 2013 and has left huge gum trees ripped to shreds and even 2 months later the devastation is quite confronting.

We stopped for a morning coffee in the sun beside Lake Mulwala in Yarrawonga.  One of the locals (a seasoned vanner) came out to talk to us and check out the hitch on the van.  There was an all-weather, luxury cruise boat, The Paradise Queen, moored near where we stopped and we watched as a bus from the local retirement village dropped off a large group of people for a lunch cruise on the Lake.

The Paradise Queen

The Paradise Queen

We drove on a bit further and stopped at Bourke’s Bridge Rest area for lunch in the sun (Camps 7 #249).  Having downloaded the stops in Camps 7 into the Garmin GPS saved a heap of time (check out GPSOZ for the software download).  Just as we were enjoying the relative tranquility of our lunch stop, a bus came along and dropped off a bunch of school kids, followed shortly after by a couple of utes loaded with canoes.  Obviously an outdoor ed adventure in the making.

Plaque at Bourkes Bridge Rest Area

Plaque at Bourkes Bridge Rest Area

Students on Outdoor Ed Excursion at Bourkes Bridge

Students on Outdoor Ed Excursion at Bourkes Bridge

After lunch we drove on to Nathalia and stopped and walked around the town and had a coffee at the bakery.

We arrived at Echuca Holiday Park at 3.30pm.  This is a great park with big drive through sites and walking distance to the Historic Port precinct.

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