This week I spoke to mum of two, Katie, who writes the blog Milky Cuddles about life with her daughters. With two under two she is busy, but still enjoys a little me time to write and reflect upon motherhood and even occasionally get away for a little family holiday. Here’s her family’s recent adventure to the Echuca Paddlesteamers.
If you are looking for a relaxed, slow paced family get away, then Echuca could be a great place to go. We took a winter break so wanted to avoid the coast and also wanted somewhere that was a manageable drive from Melbourne for a family with two kids under two. We found discounted accommodation for travelling mid week and during the low season. Win.
On our first morning we headed down to Echuca Port to go on a Paddlesteamer ride (the main attraction in Echuca). There are many river boats to choose from. We went on the 105 year old PS Pevensey. It was $25 each for my husband and I and free for our two little ones for the hour long cruise. They also have concession, family and group tickets.
If you’re interested in the history of these boats and Echuca this trip won’t disappoint. The constant commentary provides an abundance of information. But I won’t lie, with two little ones, we were much more interested in the thrill factor of being on a boat, in watching the inner workings of the steam engine (something that really intrigued my toddler), making sure our almost two year old was safe as she climbed up and down the very steep stairs / ladder to the top deck and watching the other paddlesteamers go past.
The staff were super friendly, especially Pauline, who was just lovely. An added bonus was that kids got to drive the boat and then received a certificate. It took a while for our daughter to understand what was happening when we put her in front of a giant steering wheel, but I am sure she would only need to be slightly older to feel really proud of herself.
The boat has the rooms set up as they would have been when it was in use so you can explore historic bedrooms and a dining room. My daughter loved checking out the rooms and even pretended to sleep in each of the beds.
The boat has toilets, shade and a place to buy tea and coffee. I really couldn’t fault the experience. It provided lots of great photo opportunities (both on the boat and around the historic port). It was my daughter’s first trip on a boat and a top family outing!
I rate it a 10 out of 10 and highly recommend you check it out with your family.
Thanks for sharing your adventure Katie. To read more from Katie jump over to Milky Cuddles to read more about her mum life and family adventures.
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