Fishing beside the Murray down river from Barmah

Barmah

Barmah
Small Murray River township
Barmah is a small Murray River town located 236 km north of Melbourne and about 30 km north-east of Echuca. It is best-known as the gateway to the superb Barmah State Forest which contains the largest redgum forest in the world.

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The old grain silos and new Grain Container

Charlton - Culture and History

Charlton
Small and attractive rural town on the Avoca River.
Charlton is a small and attractive rural town of tree-lined streets, situated on both banks of the Avoca River. Enormous grain silos denote the main local industry, although the Charlton feedlot is the largest beef lot producer in Victoria. Wool and fat lambs also contribute to the local economy. Charlton has a population of around 1300 people and is located 245 km north-west of Melbourne via the Calder Highway and 118 m above sea-level.

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Sacred Heart Catholic Church

Tatura

Tatura
Service centre to surrounding irrigation district
As you drive into Tatura you are very likely to see a Dethridge water-wheel by the roadside, regulating the flow of water along irrigation channels in adjoining fields. It is an apt symbol of the district which has became rich and fertile with the introduction of an extensive irrigation project. The intensive agricultural orientation of the area is also evident in the form of the Institute of Sustainable Irrigated Agriculture which is the state's major centre for research into irrigation management related issues. Tatura is located 167 km north of Melbourne via Murchison. The main local industries are cereal crops, fruit and vegetable cultivation, dairying, fat sheep and cattle. Not surprisingly, the town has a tomato-processing factory, a milk products plant and an abattoir. It is also the seat of Goulburn-Murray Water - the regional water management authority.

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Easy riders

Robert Upe saddles up for a motorbike tour into the country.

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The war memorial in the main street

Avoca - Fast Facts

Historic goldmining town with wide street and large number of historic buildings.

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Avoca - Sleep

Historic goldmining town with wide street and large number of historic buildings.

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