Travelling Victoria
Vol: 130  August 2010

A free monthly tourism newsletter from
River Country Adventours
A leader in Adventure Tourism in the State.
ABN 16 098 181 833


Thank you for your continued support and we hope you enjoy the contents of these monthly newsletters and perhaps get a bit of motivation to get out into the bush and see what is happening in regional Victoria.  The snow season has been excellent with good numbers of visitors to our world class ski slopes.  The rivers are starting to flow a bit higher due to good winter rains across all the catchments.  In fact we are in for a good season with plenty of grass for all the animals and the winter crops such as wheat, barley and oats are looking great.  After many tough years the rural sector can proceed with some sort of confidence.

The winner of last months competition is Liz Hamann from Castlemaine.  Liz knew that Euroa was slightly further north than Nagambie, well done Liz.  She has won a $200.00 'gift voucher' from River Country Adventours for any canoeing adventure on the Lower Goulburn National Park.  There will be another opportunity for you to win later in this bulletin.

Manangatang

The name comes from the aboriginal word meaning "Land Water" referring to the water hole to the north of the present township.  Land was taken up by settlers in 1911 and further development occurred after World War 1 when land was allotted to Soldier Settlement.  The region is a good wheat growing area in good seasons.  However, it is in a marginal rainfall region and farming has been tough over the years.

Some students and their teachers from Manangatang spent a great few days camping and canoeing on the Lower Goulburn River at one of the Wyuna campsites.  The river was flowing above 5-metres (9-metres is flood level), so the kids had a good fast ride down to Yambuna Bridge.  The weather was perfect and the campfire was warm and inviting.  The winter is a great time out in the Australian bush and the students from Manangatang deserve their Duke of Edinburgh awards.  Manangatang is a small farming settlement near Swan Hill in the Mallee region of Victoria.

Lake Eyre Update

Still plenty of water in the huge lake and Cooper Creek is still flowing freely into Lake Eyre North.  Flood waters coming down the Warburton system has slowed and the lake is still slowly rising.  It is hard to describe the colours of the lake from the air, and we have found that the morning flights over the lake are best.  There is so much water over such a wide area it tends to create it's own atmosphere and can become misty in the afternoons.  We have made arrangements for an early lunches at William Creek so we can take full advantage of the spectacular views.
We still have seats available on special 2-day flight tours from Echuca to Birdsville and Lake Eyre in September, so if you are interested in this once in a life time event, please contact us.  rob@adventours.com.au    or phone 03. 5852 2736.

Competition

Here is your chance to win a $200.00 "Gift Voucher for any canoeing adventure on the Lower Goulburn River National Park.  All you need to do is correctly answer the question, all correct entries go in a hat for the draw later in August.  Have a go, someone has to win.
Q.  Which town is further North, Ouyen or Manangatang?
A. competition@adventours.com.au

Winery Tours

River Country Adventours has developed well organized friendly tours over the years for small and large groups in the Nagambie Lakes wine growing region in Central Victoria.  The popular Mystery Wine tour is worth consideration, as the only person who knows where this tour is going is the driver, and he is not telling.  You will however visit at least 4-leading wineries and enjoy lunch which is included in the price of $88.00 per person.  We can handle groups from 4 to 55. More importantly, we will get you home safely.  For more information and brochures please contact River Country Adventours phone 03. 5852 2736.

Thought for the Day

If a zebra had no stripes, what colour would it be?  and why don't you ever see baby seagulls?  and finally " If you laugh a lot, when you grow old your wrinkles will be in the right places............."