They came, they saw, they loved it

June 19, 2017

The Mecwacare travel group from Malvern at the Port of Echuca

ECHUCA-MOAMA’S attractions have put a spring in the stride of 10 elderly Melbourne visitors last week.

Author and group member Paul Penman in a letter to The Riv said the group from Mecwacare Aged Care started out in high spirits from their Malvern home.

‘‘It’s darn cold in Melbourne, so the chance to travel up north with a small group from Mecwacare was an opportunity too good to refuse,’’ he said.

‘‘There were 10 of us oldies plus two carers and Debbie and Maureen on our luxury coach plus Jo-Anne our fun-filled and experienced tour leader who provided a laugh a minute.’’

On their journey the group stopped off at Seymour to view the Vietnam Veterans’ Commemorative Walk, had lunch at Nagambie before arriving in Echuca to ride the paddle steamers.

‘‘By late afternoon we were settled into the Comfort Resort in Meninya St, Moama,’’ Paul said.

‘‘Jack Frost had been doing his rounds as we set out the next morning for the Great Aussie Beer Shed and Heritage Farm Museum in Echuca.

‘‘It was a bit cold for a beer and it was a little early in the day but this amazing tourist hidden gem had little to do with beer.

‘‘Certainly, proprietor Neil Thomas had an enviable collection of beer cans but the heritage farm museum was an eye opener packed full of memorabilia from Australia’s colonial and agricultural past.’’

Paul had a message for Neil; ‘‘good on yer mate... you’re a bottler.’’

The next stop was a visit to the Port of Echuca Discovery Centre and lunch at the Beechworth Bakery.

‘‘The afternoon found us being whisked off to the Torrumbarry Weir, this excursion brought back many happy memories of earlier days in this region when my wife and children visited her relatives, the Splatt family, on their pig farm in Gunbower,’’ Paul said.

After leaving Echuca to explore the Central Deborah Gold Mine the group had a guided tour of the Bendigo region.

‘‘We reluctantly said farewell and made our way back to Melbourne,’’ he said.

‘‘We are all so indebted to Mecwacare and to the City of Stonnington for making this trip possible.

‘‘We had a ball.’’

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