Historic Echuca tours a real eye-opener

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How much do you know about the important sites in Echuca’s earliest history?

Have you ever wandered Echuca’s streets, thinking “I wish I knew the significance of that place”?

A walking tour designed to shed new light on Echuca’s pioneer days is as close as your phone. It is perfect for individuals, for local families and their guests, and for district organisations. With many service and social clubs conducting their changeover of officers at this time of the year, new programs of activities are being drawn up and an historic tour is an easy addition.

Echuca Historical Society’s team of guides is waiting to conduct a walk or a coach tour for your group. Tour guide Gwen Potter has designed an easy walk that takes people to stand on the spot at key sites and learn about the driving forces behind town settlement and the renowned 1800’s paddlesteamer trading era based in Echuca-Moama.

You’ll follow in the footsteps of Echuca founder Henry Hopwood, an ex-convict turned ruthless business tycoon, to his key locations and other sites unique in our nation.

Gwen’s vivid commentary will cover stories of power and ambition, wool, timber and cattle dealing, illicit drinkers and their escape tunnel, scarlet ladies, colonial law-breakers, devastating floods and lots more during the 1.5 hour walk.

Society president Dot Hammond said the walk “explained clearly where, why and how Echuca and Moama were established.”

“Not only is it a perfect introduction for visitors, it also really opens the eyes of locals,” Dot said. “We often hear locals say they have been here for years, but have never known what they were looking at. Whenever you are hosting friends or family, our walk is an ideal way to illustrate the origins of Echuca in a very colourful way.”

The walk costs $12 per person or $10 concession and groups and $30 for families.

For coach groups, Gwen’s route goes first to Moama’s historic precinct in Chanter St, followed by the key sites of Echuca.  Gwen said it is a surprise to many people to hear that Moama was founded about 8 years before Echuca.

Coach tours are done on request and can start at the group’s accommodation or other place of their choosing.

They are very popular with organisations such as Probus, social and service clubs, and visiting sportspeople.

Please contact Gwen at 0456 223 184 or Dot 0408 505 662 to find out details of walks and coach tours in the winter months June to August this year.

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