29 September 2011


We’ve just returned from a couple of nights at Echuca, with Denis and Donna.   On the way up, we checked out some of the Heathcote wines, and on the way back, some of the Goulburn Valley wines.   The latter included Tahbilk (see photo) as well as Plunkett Fowles at Avenel.    I hadn’t heard of Plunkett Fowles, but in addition to the wine being very acceptable, they served a good lunch in a nice restaurant overlooking the Strathbogies.    Our accommodation at Echuca was chosen for functionality rather than style, but was OK.    We did the obligatory paddle-steamer trip (see photo) with a break for lunch at Morrisons winery (we sat on the balcony and were watched by a couple of kookaburras - see picture).  In between all this, we had time for a couple of coffees in the port area as well as dinner each night at a club (one night was the Moama Bowling Club, the other was the Rich River Country Club).    A nice break, although arriving back in Melbourne in the middle of a major storm slowed our homeward trip.

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