Leading a charmed life on the Murray River, the friendly locals of Echuca are only too happy to share their historic town with you. Located just 2 and a half hours north of Melbourne, Echuca Moama as it is officially known, roughly translates to the Aboriginal word for ‘meeting of the waters’. One of the oldest river towns in Victoria, Echuca is also known as the paddle steamer capital of Australia.
Once Australia’s most significant inland river port, Echuca’s old port precinct is one of the most popular Echuca attractions. Having recently undergone a revitalisation project, the precinct is home to a new Discovery Centre that offers an insight into the rich local history of the region. The port precinct is also the departure point for many of the authentic paddle steamer cruises that operate within the region and on the Murray River.
An iconic Echuca attraction, these paddle steamer cruises transport you back in time to the heyday of the river’s bustling trade route. A busy trade corridor between the Queensland border and the Port of Melbourne, the river paddle steamers transported cargoes of wool through Euchuca. Down by the wharf, there are also some pleasant leisurely strolls to be had including self-guided tours of the historic wharf precinct including buildings that have been preserved from their original splendor.
With a wonderful warm climate and the majestic Murray River, it’s no surprise that water-based activities are also one of the more popular Echuca attractions. On any given day, the river is a hive of swimming, waterskiing and boating activity. There are also a fantastic range of dining experience on offer, local bowling greens, a world class golf course and even a myriad of festivals throughout the year. One of the most popular is the Riverboats Music Festival where you can see some of the best bands in the country strut their stuff.