The next day we went to Devonport, where we arrived in Tasmania, and where we left from. After a 9 hour boat trip, we drove all the way to Echuca, which is on the border between Victoria and NSW, and guess what! Our caravan park was on the NSW side of the Murray River. Did you know that Echuca used to be the largest inland port in Australia? After a night’s rest, we went on a paddle steamer and it had the best food in the town.
The Murray River is the main river in Australia extending from the Snowy Mountains through to SA, which we visited earlier when we went to the Mouth of the Murray. Paddle steamers were used to transport goods and people up the river and they were very efficient because they don’t have a deep draft so they can still run even with the changing river conditions and depths. The next day, it was off to Glenrowan. Glenrowan was where Ned Kelly made his final stand and was captured. Ned Kelly was a bushranger who was very popular with the local people because he was quite a gentleman, and he had saved a young boy from a well when he was young, but he was hated by the police because he often made fun of them. He was sentenced to hanging even though 32000 people signed a petition to have him excused because the police and judges had it in for him. We did all the tours and things before going on to Beechworth, which is also in Kelly Country before arriving in Mt Beauty.
We drove up to Falls Creek for the day and it was far better than the snow in Tasmania. We tobogganed, built an igloo, had snowball fights, got to ride on snowmobiles and spent time on the snow tube slide. This was awesome because it went really fast and you could spin and go backwards.
We didn’t try skiing because the ski conditions weren’t good and when we went back down the mountain, it started to rain and then we received a report that said flash flooding was expected in the Falls Creek area, particularly in our caravan park, where we happen to be right next to what was a trickling creek, which turned into a raging river.