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A multigenerational family holiday

Jodie experiences a four generation family gathering in Echuca at Yarraby Holiday Park and exploring the local surrounds.

Though it is just the four of us, our extended family is BIG. Between the siblings on my partner’s side there are six of them and fifteen offspring ranging in age from one to twenty-something, with the eldest now getting married and having children of their own. Suffice to say, family holidays are a massive undertaking, but one we all look forward to. Having four generations of the family together laughing, playing and enjoying each other’s company reminds me of what is really important in my life.

When it came time to celebrate a significant birthday, it was decided that we would head up to the gorgeous river town of Echuca for a long weekend. To keep the extended family together we descended upon the local Aspen Parks and Resorts – Yarraby Holiday Park, set on 24 acres, where a short walk will have you along the riverfront admiring the majestic Murray River in all her glory.

The Yarraby Holiday Park is located on the Echuca side of the Murray River and hosts a huge variety of accommodation from tents to deluxe cabins. To house our large crew the deluxe spa cabins, all fully self-contained, were booked. They each held six people, with all the luxuries of home. All we needed to bring was food and drink and we were all set to relax and take in the serenity of Echuca Moama.

Just over 2 hours drive north of Melbourne, Echuca Moama boasts a rich history, including being the Paddle Steamer capital of Australia. Echuca is immaculately maintained with historical buildings, fantastic river cruises, a range of water sports and resorts plus great food and wine.

Meanwhile, back at Yarraby, there is plenty to keep the kids entertained while Mum and Dad sit back on the verandah and enjoy a relaxing beverage or two.

There are indoor and outdoor swimming pools, tennis courts, games room, and playgrounds. The little (and big) people in our group were particularly fond of the huge jumping pillow situated directly in front of our cabins.

There are plenty of places to play and fantastic areas for the kids to bring along their bikes and scooters, including a BMX track! We were so busy doing all the things at Yarraby that we almost forgot about the rest of the town and its offerings.

As we supplied all our own eats on this particular trip, I didn’t have to look for any gluten free options, however, I do know that in along the Port of Echuca there are a number of fabulous eateries, many that offer options that are allergy friendly – just check the menus while you stroll the promenade. Echuca Moama is definitely a place worth visiting, with a lot of something for everyone. Our next visit will be one with a river cruise, an adventure we know the kids will love.

When not partaking in pretend tea parties with her 2-year old daughter, or learning the finer points of playing Minecraft® with her 5-year old son, Jodie is the voice ofFresh Home Cook - a blog focused on food free from gluten and lactose but full of flavour the whole family will enjoy.

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