Echuca – Victoria – Australia – Home of “All the Rivers Run”
In April this year (2018) I was traveling through the township of Echuca in Central Victoria.
To my astonishment I came across an intriguing town steeped in AustralianColonial History.
Echuca is the staging point for the development of Australia’s trade routes along the Murray Darling River System and was instrumental in the success of Australian agriculture and the burgeoning colony.
Paddle Steamers were the life blood of the trade routes along the River and forged many hundreds of miles upstream into the heart of Australia bringing much needed supplies to the rural out reaches and transporting essential agricultural commodities to the towns and cities along the rivers and beyond.
Echuca was the backdrop for the popular 1983 Crawford Production mini series “All the Rivers Run” starring acclaimed Australian actors John Waters and Sigrid Thornton.
The Echuca Visitor Information Centre and Museum is a must see and an original vintage Paddle Steamer ride along the Murray River from the Port of Echuca will seal this historic experience in your memory for years to come.
Also don’t forget to take the Museum’s guided tour. Not only are the guides informative and you will learn a great deal more about the history of Echuca than wandering through the town by yourself, but they are very entertaining into the bargain.
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