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After building a ferry to cross the Murray, Maiden constructed a simple wooden inn on higher ground and began welcoming both travellers and settlers alike to share a drink and a meal together. It was a simple establishment and he named it accordingly—Junction Inn.
Today, in the spirit of the man who hoped to bring the banks of a mighty river – and the people who called them home – a little closer together, Junction gathers locally
sourced food, handpicked wines and refreshing craft beers to offer travellers from near and far.
The venue—like the area itself—is a place where the rustic charm of colonial days and the comfort of contemporary culture meet. It’s now the junction between timeless elegance and modern sophistication.
From the beginning - the traditional owners of the land, the Yorta Yorta people, call the region home.
James Maiden arrives at the junction of the Campaspe and Murray rivers and quickly establishes a punt to encourage cattle trading.
Captain William Randell arrived in the paddle-steamer ‘Mary Ann’ becoming the first person to travel upstream from Goolwa.
James Maiden establishes a larger punt - known as Maiden’s Punt - one mile east of present day Moama.
The Junction Inn - built by James Maiden - obtains a license and begins trade.
Henry Hopwood establishes Hopwood’s Ferry - his own punt on the Victorian side of the Murray directly across from Maiden’s Punt.
Maiden’s Punt is officially renamed Moama.
Hopwood’s Ferry is officially renamed Echuca. James Maiden sells the Junction Inn to Jeremiah Rolfe.
James Maiden buys the Junction Inn back from Jeremiah Rolfe with the intention of ‘conducting it in a very superior manner with reduction of charges.’
Moama’s growth slows as the cattle market cannot compete with tough competition from Echuca.
A rail link is established with Melbourne and sees a decrease in paddle-steamer trading.
Temporary wooden bridge spanning the Murray River is built.
Iron Bridge is completed.
First Moama council meeting held on 16th March.
Moama municipality becomes part of the Shire of Murray.
The legend of the Echuca Moama region plays a leading role in Junction’s story. The traditional owners of the land, the Yorta Yorta people, have lived on this unique stretch of forest-wetlands for thousands of years and still regard the Murray River as the life source and the spirit of the Yorta Yorta Nation.
The growth of both Echuca and Moama came riding in on the wake of the paddlesteamer, but it was the fierce rivalry of two men that gave these two settlements their individual and enduring character. The region isn’t just rich in wonderful food and wine—it’s rich in a history that is as powerful as the Murray itself.
Altis have long been considered leaders in their field and were excited to bring their vision to life at Junction. With a focus on creating intimate pockets – a cocktail lounge, cellar room and wine bar, and an inviting restaurant overlooking lush gardens and water ponds – Altis’ design provides the flexibility of an exciting venue experience. Embracing the rustic and industrial aesthetic of the area, they envisioned a contemporary space with a relaxed, inviting atmosphere offering a range of dining and drinking experiences.
Clever combinations of repurposed bricks, packing crates and verandah poles, contrasted against the beautiful polished tiles, bespoke murals and finished joinery, helped Altis refine an already uniquely individual space.
Abeo and Altis have always shared a special relationship with each other and with likeminded venues such as Junction. Inside, Abeo took a contemporary approach by incorporating aspects of current industrial trends as well as more relaxed and gentle design elements to bring a sophisticated edge and atmosphere to Junction.
They gave the interior design both a modern and comfortable vibe just as the natural materials and earthy palette they selected have brought warmth and texture to the space. Thanks to Abeo, Junction is stylish, elegant and inviting – inside and out – and is set to become a destination for locals and visitors during the day and long into the evening.
Maddie Sharrock was engaged to produce a series of concrete vessels that would form the basis of the branded artwork. Her tactile, layered pieces were designed to tell the journey of the river and its importance to the region.
The finished piece became a modern interpretation of the riverbed, the layers of stone, sand and sediment.