Founded in 1853, Echuca became the largest inland port in Australia, second only to the Port of Melbourne. Today it’s Australia’s paddle steamer capital with a rich and interesting colonial heritage and also the perfect place for a relaxing holiday with plenty to see and do on the Discover Murray River Trail.
The historic Port of Echuca literally means the ‘meeting of the waters’ and sits on the junction of the Murray and Campaspe rivers, just downstream from the Goulburn River.
Discover a wonderful climate, beautiful riverside locations, splendid sightseeing, and a surprising array of shops, accommodation, Share the fun at a club such at the Moama RSL or the Rich River Golf Club Resort or dine out at stylish restaurants or enjoy the many cafes and eateries, the choice is yours. Excellent dining in the town or have a wonderful riverbank picnic.
Echuca has a myriad of festivals and events. You can explore the old Port of Echuca and the amazing riverboat days. See the lively paddlewheelers and working steam engines. There’s also fun for the whole family exploring the new Port of Echuca Discovery Centre and newly refurbished wharf. Or for something a bit different check out the National Holden Museum with over 40 restored Holdens and more.
One of the unique qualities that Echuca has to offer is the faithful restoration of the town buildings and public areas. From the historic port area, to the streetscapes with large and spectacular facades and verandahs, wide streets and smiling townspeople where you can stroll and shop at boutique stores along historic High Street.
Experience the mighty Murray River on a river cruise, rent a houseboat in Echuca, go fishing, swimming or simply paddle a canoe. It’s a delightful way to unwind. Wake up to clear country air and a chorus of birds.
The sporties can also enjoy a round at one of the Murray’s magnificent golf courses, Rich River Golf Club Resort or if you’re adventurous contact Brett Sands Watersports to try out wakeboarding, watersking or kneeboarding.
Explore nearby towns and their national parks. Experience the Barmah National Park with its magnificent red gum forests and wetlands. Barmah is home to over 200 species of waterbirds and other fauna. This is best discovered with the highly experienced and knowledgeable Kingfisher Cruises.
Echuca Moama has a myriad of festivals and events. From steam heritage to fast watersports to jazz, food and wine. There’s fun for everyone and Echuca-Moama’s charm will even win over the most seasoned of travellers. The Echuca-Moama region is famous for transporting visitors back in time as they become immersed in the history and atmosphere of the region.
Echuca Moama is an easy two and a half hour drive from Melbourne. Google Maps.
Both V/Line and Country Link offer services to Echuca Moama.
For detailed information on time tables please call V/Line on 136 196 or visit:
Melbourne Airport at Tullamarine is the closest commercial airport to Echuca Moama.
From here visitors may hire a car or travel on V-Line’s public transport. Echuca Moama is an easy two and a half hour from Tullamarine.