There is so much to do in and around Echuca.

On Monday we walked into town and we ordered a picnic hamper from The Black Pudding Cafe, to have for lunch on Tuesday.  It was the first time they had been asked to prepare a hamper and suggested we make a selection from the sandwich section of their menu, but after much discussion, we ended up with a platter of conichons, olives, smoked beef, Jindi Blue, Maffra Cheddar and Black Pudding Brie, with a small serve of Bearnaise sauce, and four slices of sour dough bread.  The hot platter consisted of two slices of bruchetta and two slices of smoked salmon frittata!

Needless to say, Tuesday’s lunch was perfect, especially with the setting of the Port, where we found a table and watched the paddle steamers idle by.  Of course, all this was washed down with a bottle of Andrew Garrett Sparkling Shiraz.

Yesterday we went into the Barmah forest (to eat the leftovers from Tuesday’s feast).  The only road open was the road to the Visitor’s Centre, which is being rebuilt at the moment, but there were tables in a lovely setting and a backdrop of what sounded like, a million frogs.

We commented that we have never seen the forest as green as it is at the moment and have never seen it covered in so much water.

Today we walked into town for a mid-morning brunch, sat again at the docks, then returned to our caravan park, by the river, where we hear the relaxing sound of tooting paddle steamers passing by every hour or so.

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