Paddle Steamers

by James Featherby July. 27, 2021 101 views

In South East Australia the Murray River, Australia's longest river starts it's journey from the Alpine Country near Australia's highest mountain, Mt Kosciuzko, meandering quietly to the flat country to the ocean in South Australia. The river is the border between two southern states, Victoria and New South Wales.

During the late 1800's farm produce and timber needed to be transported between towns along the Murray River. Steam powered Paddle steamers were the main form of transport until railway lines were built years later.

Paddle steamers are still running for tourists in the historic towns such as Echuca and Swan Hill.

Due to covid restrictions I could only photograph from the Victorian side of the river.

The paddle steamer on the left is the oldest one in Australia.

The paddle steamer on the left is the oldest one in Australia.

Log barge on the right used to be towed by the paddle steamers

Log barge on the right used to be towed by the paddle steamers

The Murray River, Australia

The Murray River, Australia

Typical scenery along the Murray river.  River gum trees.

Typical scenery along the Murray river. River gum trees.

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