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Up a lazy river... the Murray

Images from a short winter break in the colonial-era river port of Echuca, on the banks of the Murray.

The Murray was not always a lazy river. The leisurely paddlesteamer cruises of today belie the busy 19th-century traffic up and down the Murray-Darling waterway system, from mid-western New South Wales to the river mouth in South Australia. In the era when Australia "rode on the sheep's back", paddlesteamers carried all manner of supplies to outlying towns and sheep stations (i.e. farms and ranches) and transported their wool bales back to the railhead at Echuca.

These images were taken with Nikon D300 using RAW format, and are available for licensing. Please visit www.travelgame.org or my blog.






Our cottage on the edge of town
Our cottage on the edge of town
The neighbours
The neighbours
Galahs near our cottage
Galahs near our cottage
Late afternoon light
Late afternoon light
A decaying cattle race (ramp)
A decaying cattle race (ramp)
Shop signs in High Street, Echuca
Shop signs in High Street, Echuca
St Anne's Winery 'cellar door' outlet
St Anne's Winery 'cellar door' outlet
Heritage-listed (!) brothel premises
Heritage-listed (!) brothel premises
Historic hotel from the paddlesteamer era
Historic hotel from the paddlesteamer era
Historic steam engine at the port
Historic steam engine at the port
The rebuilt timber pier at Echuca
The rebuilt timber pier at Echuca
The Murray at Echuca
The Murray at Echuca
On the move...
On the move...
Paddlesteamer 'Emmylou'
Paddlesteamer 'Emmylou'
Steam engine powering PS 'Pevensey'
Steam engine powering PS 'Pevensey'
First bridge across the Murray, 1878
First bridge across the Murray, 1878