Longitude: 148.530677 Latitude: -37.795954
Metres above Sea Level: 18 m
Area: 135 km² Perimeter: 84.5 km
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Marlo is a tiny seaside village located on the banks of the mighty Snowy River – just before it flows out into the ocean. The foreshore area boasts wonderful walking trails through the sand dune forests and for those that prefer the sand, you can walk all the way to the ocean, along the sandy shores of the river estuary.
Such a stark contrast – the wild ocean beyond the sand dunes – the tranquil river estuary and delightful sand dune forests . . .
The large jetty is perfect for fishing and the boat ramp provides access to the tranquil waters. With ample parking and picnic facilities, Marlo is a delightfully peaceful, tranquil, unspoiled location to enjoy a picnic, holidays or a Sunday outing . . . The safe, sheltered, crystal clear waters of the estuary are just perfect for the kids !!
It truly is a stunning seaside hideaway. Even in the late 1800’s people ventured to Marlo, as described in the article “Marlo – The Snowy River“, published on the 23rd October 1888.
The village provides a general store (including a Post Office), fishing supplies, fuel, a couple of eateries, a hotel, and a variety of accommodation.
Historically speaking, Marlo was once a vital link for the early pioneers. From as early as the 1850’s, goods transported by sea from Melbourne would be unloaded at Marlo Wharf, transferred to barges and towed by paddle steamer up the Snowy River to Orbost and beyond . . .
The famous, locally built paddle steamer, the PS ‘Curlip’ was built at the Tabbara sawmill located on the Brodribb River (a tributary of the Snowy River), not far from Marlo. The sawmill owner, Samuel Richardson, and his three sons commenced building the vessel in October 1889. Amazingly, just a few months later, the PS ‘Curlip’ was launched – on the 6th February 1890, at 12 MD. Tragically, just 6 months later, Samuel Richardson drowned at the entrance – possibly whilst inspecting a grounded schooner, though the records of the incident are scant.
The PS ‘Curlip’ towed up to 5 barges at one time, took up to 25 passengers (although this was reduced to 10 passengers if she was towing), noting that children under 12 would be considered as only half a passenger . . . She also towed vessels in and out of the entrance of the Snowy River to the sea. During her reign, she was the main means of transport and often hired for social functions as well !!!
Unfortunately, on the 28th February 1919, a flash flood washed the PS ‘Curlip’ and 2 barges out to sea:
” . . . The big flood on today. The river came roaring down about 1:00 am and rose 12 to 15 inches in an hour. The steamer ‘Curlip’ and two barges carried down river and out to sea and washed ashore at Marlo. . . “
– Source: Alan Richardson’s Diary, 28th February 1919
Thankfully her memory remains due to an energetic and enthusiastic bank of volunteers who constructed, maintain and run cruises on the replica – the PS ‘Curlip’ II. An amazing accomplishment.
The article “Down Marlo Way” published in the Australasian on the 8th February 1919, records Marlo’s treasures and wildlife – as it was back then.
Today, Marlo remains a quiet, peaceful and stunning seaside retreat.
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