The vibrant expanding city of Mildura is situated on the River Murray, this river is one of the longest rivers in the world and crosses three states, South Australia, New South Wales and Victoria.
Since early days of Australia’s beginnings by the white man, this river, which covers a distance of 2520 kilometres, was the main transportation route for many outback settlements which grew up along the rivers banks.
It was used to transport wheat, wool and other commodities to the main centres for further transportation via bullock drays, to finally reach the major cities, it also carried vital stores back up the river to the outback stations and settlements.
Before the advent of roads and rail, hundreds and hundreds of Paddle steamers plied up and down the river, carrying their loads as well as passengers.
Today the Paddle steamers no longer carry cargo, but mainly tourists, the number of Paddle steamers has declined over the years but some can still be seen nearly every day.
Many cities have grown up over the years along the rivers beautiful banks, prior to white man, the river was a part of life to the many Aboriginal tribes that lived along its shores.
Dotted along the river banks you can see many Houseboats moored, a few are owned but many are available for rent, this is particularly popular in the Summer season.
I took a stroll down the river yesterday, hoping to get some great river shots, and wasn’t disappointed, I was able to capture two Paddle steamers heading up the river with tourists and sightseers on board, there is a lot of natural scrub along the banks which are home to many species of birds and wildlife, Mildura is a beautiful city and has much love and respect for its mighty river.
I leave you to enjoy my pictures of the Paddle steamers on the river.
Aussie Emu aka Ian