LAKES COAST VISITOR GUIDE I PAGE 47 Join us aboard the Rubeena as you travel from the Port Of Sale to the Historic Swing Bridge, cruising quietly observing the wildlife and discovering the history of Sale and surrounds. Winner 2017 PRIME7Wellington People’sChoiceAwards ’ , PRIME7WELLINGTON People’s CHOICE AWARDS Siesta Central Apartments 271 York Street, Sale | P: 03 5144 2744 E: firstname.lastname@example.org | www.siestacentral.com.au WEEKEND SPECIAL! Book direct and stay anytime between Friday and Sunday to receive: - Studios from $99 - FREE Room Upgrade* - FREE Bottle of Wine and Chocolates On Arrival - Early Check In* - Late Check Out* * Subject to availability PORT ALBERT YARRAM CENTRAL GIPPSLAND LOCH SPORT SALE MAFFRA STRATFORD BAIRNSDALE Ply the Thompson River waters With the early European settlers of the Gippsland region producing many riches, including the discovery of gold in the 1880s and cheese so good it was being exported back to Europe, the newcomers needed an effective transport system to bring supplies in and transport resources out. The Port of Sale, Sale canal and the swing bridge were the linchpins that enabled the system to function. Today the swing bridge is the oldest intact, operational bridge of its kind in Australia and the only bridge of its kind in Victoria. One of the area’s earliest vessels was the EMV Rubeena , originally licensed on April 4, 1912, just weeks before the Titanic sank. But the Rubeena has had a proud history over the ensuing century. She was built in Sydney and named after the builder’s wife. Travelling down to Lakes Entrance on the deck of a steamer, she was dumped into the sea off Lakes Entrance, beginning her life on the Gippsland Lakes. In 2013 the Rubeena was purchased by Port of Sale Heritage Cruises and after extensive work, continues her proud history of carrying passengers on the Lakes system. Port of Sale Heritage Cruises is a family run business that operates from the Port of Sale and offers cruises twice daily aboard the Rubeena . She is also available for charter outside these times. Relax into her quiet rhythm and enjoy a voyage along the Sale Canal and Thompson River, surrounded by red gums, birdsong and reminders of a fascinating heritage. Relax into the rhythm of the EVM Rubeena as you explore the waterways of the Sale Canal and Thompson River.