Smorgasbord ... the Goulburn River played host to paddle steamers in the 1880s.

Bountiful harvest

A drive around this river-bound region reveals tasty pockets of produce and history, writes Sandy Guy.

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Hero of yesterday

On the Murray River, Sue Wallace climbs aboard the restored paddle steamer, now a luxury bed and breakfast.

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The Emmylou Paddlesteamer coming down the Murray River

Echuca - Places to See

Echuca
Historic inland river port.
At one time Echuca was the state's most substantial inland river port. It is this aspect of its history that has become the basis for the town's reorientation as a tourism centre, particularly since the restoration of the old port area began in 1973. Paddlesteamers again travel the local waters, albeit for purely recreational and nostalgic purposes. Moreover, the survival of many original buildings has enabled a meaningful renovation of the old streetscape. It was the port area's authentic appearance which attracted the makers of All The Rivers Run who used it as the setting for their television series on the riverboat era.

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