Australia is home to plenty of small and quaint towns that remind one of a bygone era. And who doesn’t want to visit a place that exhibits an old world charm? That’s why it’s always fun discovering towns like Echuca that invoke strong feelings of the past. Just a glimpse of its wharfs and paddle steamers will leave an impression due to their historic nature.
Ehuca is located in Victoria, Australia by the banks of the Campaspe and Murray Rivers. It has a small population of approximately 13,500 inhabitants, with tourism being a primary industry. Tourists are drawn to Echuca’s warm weather, various recreational activities, the Murray River, and paddle steamers. Dining options are also plentiful with Chinese, Thai, Indian, Greek, and Italian eateries available.
Now, let’s take a look at some of the best things to do in Echuca!
1. Check out the Echuca Wharf on the Murray River
One of the first things that any visitor to Echuca should do is visit the wharf by the Murray River. It was constructed in 1864 with timber and still remains in use to this very day! This wharf was used extensively when the Port of Echuca was the second largest port in Victoria during the industrial boom. Nowadays, it’s an Australian National Heritage site that’s in operation for the paddle steamers and tourism industry.
Port of Echuca Discovery Centre
Address: 74 Murray Esplanade, Echuca, Victoria, Australia
Website: Port of Echuca Discovery Centre
2. Enjoy a boat ride on Murray River
After you’ve seen the Echuca wharf, then consider taking a boat ride down Murray River. Several cruise companies offer river rides with paddle steamers, which often feature on board restaurants. Passengers can enjoy a delicious lunch as they take in the sights of the riverside. Most trips are of a short duration; around two hours. But there are 1 or 2 night cruises for those seeking a romantic getaway.
Paddle steamer cruises on Murray River
Address: 57 Murray Esp | Port of Echuca, Echuca, Victoria 3564, Australia
Website: Murray River Paddlesteamers Echuca
3. Get in high spirits at The Great Aussie Beer Shed
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Expose yourself to a range of tasty beers by visiting The Great Aussie Beer Shed. This is a heritage museum and one of the more interesting tourist attractions in Victoria. They offer a tour and educate visitors about the history of Australian beer. Accommodation is also available for those that wish to stay the night.
The Great Aussie Beer Shed
Address: 377 Mary Ann Road, Echuca, Victoria 3564, Australia
Website: The Great Aussie Beer Shed
4. Go horseback riding at Billabong Ranch
Billabong Ranch is a multipurpose adventure park that caters for outdoor lovers and families. Horse riding on one of Billabong’s trail rides is a great way to explore the Riverine area around Murray River. The horses are specially selected and instructors guide beginners and children through the process of riding. Riders are provided with helmets, as the ranch prioritizes the safety of their visitors.
Billabong Ranch Adventure Park
Address: Glanville Rd & Tehan Road, Echuca VIC 3564, Australia
Website: Billabong Ranch Adventure Park
5. Satisfy your sweet tooth at Echuca Chocolate Company
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One doesn’t need to travel to Belgium to taste premium chocolate made by artisans. Echuca is home to the Echuca Chocolate Company that offers beautifully decorated chocolate made by hand. Free tastings are available so that visitors can sample a range of sweets and chocolates. The store is open 7 days a week and is renowned for its white and liqueur chocolate.
Echuca Chocolate Company
Address: 614 High St, Echuca, Victoria 3564, Australia
Website: Echuca Chocolate Company
6. Become a beer lover at Bandicoot Brewing
Are you in the mood for some high quality craft beer, or do you simply have a passing interest in it? Either way, Bandicoot Brewing is bound to make you a fan of their Southern Courage – Russian Imperial Stout that they’ve worked on for two years. And if that’s not enough, they offer tasting sessions of a wide range of beers but make sure to contact the owners beforehand.
Address: 100 Northern Hwy | Factory 2, Echuca, Victoria 3564, Australia
Website: Bandicoot Brewing
7. Feel nostalgic for vintage cars at the National Holden Motor Museum
The National Holden Motor Museum is named after the monumental Australian motor vehicle company. Visitors are exposed to the company’s vast range of classic cars that are iconic in Australia. The museum’s passionate staff are willing to help and educate visitors about these vehicles. And there’s also a gift shop selling interesting curios, which make for awesome gifts to bring home for loved ones.
National Holden Motor Museum
Address: 7 - 11 Warren St, Echuca, Victoria 3564, Australia
Website: National Holden Motor Museum
8. Taste wine and pizza at Cape Horn Vineyard
Interestingly, Cape Horn Vineyard is actually named after Cape Horn, located in South America. It’s nestled between Goulburn and Murray Rivers and one gets a sense of isolation when visiting. But that’s perfectly fine, as you’d definitely want to relax and take in the scenery while enjoying a glass of wine and delicious wood baked pizza.
Cape Horn Vineyard & Riverside Bar
Address: 486 Stewarts Bridge Rd, Echuca, Victoria, Australia
Website: Cape Horn Vineyard & Riverside Bar
9. Historic Echuca Primary School Building
The Echuca Primary School first opened its doors back in 1858 and is conveniently located near the town’s CBD. It’s worth visiting this historic building to take in the ambiance as you admire the architecture and well-maintained school grounds. The Campaspe River is also within close proximity, which makes it easy to go fishing or picnicking at after visiting the school.
Historic Echuca Primary School Building
Address: 413-431 High St, Echuca VIC 3564, Australia
10. Echuca Historical Society
If you wish to find out more about Echuca’s rich history and riverboat culture, then a visit to Echuca Historical Society is well worth your time. The museum overlooks the Murray River and is surrounded by beautiful Moreton Bay Fig Trees. Artifacts and documents inside the museum provide details about the town’s history and paddle steamers.
Echuca Historical Society
Address: Old Police Station, 1 Dickson Street, Echuca, Victoria 3564, Australia
Website: Echuca Historical Society
Taking things slow in Echuca
Echuca’s small town vibe, great weather, and riverside lifestyle are ideal for those that wish to escape the big city. Key spots are conveniently located so moving around shouldn’t pose a problem for most travelers. The town’s rich heritage should stimulate visitors who love learning about historic events. Finally, there’s several notable breweries and an excellent vineyard offering beverages that are unique to the region.
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