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I booked a little cruise on the Oscar W, a steam driven, wood fired, authentic, working paddle steamer built at Echuca, Victoria in 1908. It now operates out of Goolwa wharf and I thought it would make a lovely outing on a Spring day. We didn’t exactly get lovely Spring weather but we did have a nice day out.
It was Market Day and the Carparks overflowing but we were lucky to find a park just beyond the Hindmarsh Island Bridge.
The building of HIndmarsh Island Bridge upset many of the local Aboriginal people. I think it is a stylish bridge.
We walked back to the wharf where the Osacr W was moored.
Is this Westie the cabin dog?
It was lovely and warm in the engine room.
A wheel in action.
It was cold and windy!
We didn’t need the flag to indicate the wind direction.
PS for paddle steamer
Permanently moored houseboat.
The Barrage holds the sea water back from the Murray mouth.
I think the barrels are decorative only.
Old trucks on the wharf.
There was a fundraising raffle held while we were on board.
Look who won the raffle! Hair styled by The Wind.
The plaque is signed on the back by the crew of the day – all volunteers.
There was a lot of activity on the wharf, a big cake celebrating Oscar W’s 111th birthday was being cut up and slices distributed to allcomers.
The wharf was busy, it was the Oscar W’s 111th birthday.
Busker on the wharf.
After a nice hot drink we walked over to check out the Market.
The market is open on the 1st and 3rd Sunday of every month.
There are about 80 to 100 stalls.
Coat hooks made from cutlery.
Delicious South Australian produce.
Only the muscle is missing.
Crafty people work here.
Warm, warm, warm.
I fell for the Fairy Wrens.
Redesigned and recycled.
After a delicious meal at the Saltwater Cafe we headed back home, it was a lovely day out.
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