From the Kidman Way
A quick half hour drive north of Echuca and we were at the small town of Mathoura. the Reed Beds bird hide, a serious construction with a wide view over the wetlands on one side, and the forest on the other.
Just before the township we turned towards Gulpa Creek and found the Hide. Black swans entertained us with flapping takeoffs then a pair of pelicans sailed in. On the boardwalk we saw a profusion of bush birds notably yellow rosellas foraging amongst the grass and leaves.
Our next stop at the end of Picnic Point Road was the Timbercutters Red Gum Cafe situated in the middle of the forest where the Murray meets the Edward River. What a slice of paradise with a riverside open air "chapel" made of local timbers on the lawn. A local vouched that they serve excellent meals (we could only get a coffee, as the lunch crowd were on their way in). We walked along the path near the Edward River and photographed some more yellow rosellas, including some hovering on the local construction works (that cafe is adding accommodation).
We went back towards town to walk the Gulpa Creek trails near town but a lot of the tracks were closed due to recent burning off. We settled for a picnic lunch near a spectacular section of the Gulpa Creek. Another fab day!