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.
Echuca 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. It also helps that the town offers great Stayz accommodations and Airbnb vacation rentals. 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, Australia.
1. Check out St Anne's Winery Echuca's wine cellars
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Located in the heart of Echuca, St Anne’s Winery Echuca is a family-operated winery that boasts award-winning wines made by Chief Winemaker Richard McLean. Being in business for 40 years, this winery offers a wide range of premium wines that will awaken your palate.
This winery offers visitors a look into the wine cellars of yore as it was a carriage builder’s workshop that was converted into a wine cellar thanks to the large heritage barrels holding 3,000 liters of old Port wine.
St Anne's Winery Echuca
Address: 53 Murray Esplanade, Echuca VIC 3564, Australia
Website: St Anne’s Winery Echuca
Opening hours: Mon - Sat: 9am - 5pm; Sun: 10am - 4pm
2. Be fascinated by vintage automobiles at Raverty's Motor Museum
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Raverty’s Motor Museum is a paradise for tourists who are fascinated by vintage automobiles. It is a little museum and a showroom that features non-restored cars and engines. Not only that, but it also has vintage memorabilia that adorn the place, giving visitors some blast-from-the-past feels. Some of the automobiles here are really old and totally worn out, but there are also ones that are in great shape. Tourists can take as many pictures as they want. If you book a guided tour to Raverty’s Motor Museum, a professional guide will tell you stories about each of the cars the museum houses.
Raverty's Motor Museum
Address: 23/25-33 Ogilvie Ave, Echuca VIC 3564, Australia
3. Unleash your inner scientist at TwistED Science
Are you a certified science geek or just a regular curious John? Whatever you label yourself, you are welcome at TwistED Science. This Echuca tourist attraction features exhibits that will quench your thirsty thoughts and activities that will surely unleash the scientist in you. There are fun games for kids and kids at heart, and fun-filled experiments. Plus, there’s a virtual river, flying machines, a viewable beehive, and on-site dining that serves edible bugs.
Address: 2 Radcliffe St Echuca Victoria 3564
Website: TwistED Science
Opening hours: Mon - Sat: 10am - 11:30am, 12:30pm - 2pm, 2:30pm - 4pm (closed on Sun)
Price: From 8 USD
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4. Sail along the enchanting Murray River Canoe Trail
Are you a lover of bodies of water? Do you like embarking on exciting water sports? If so, take up the challenge and experience canoeing at Murray River Canoe Trail. In total, there are four trails in Valley National Park. The whole park is a fantastic place to unwind and sail smoothly as the trails feature currents that are not too strong. The trails lead to the enchanting and secluded Bahman Lake, which has camping grounds and a visitor center. Also, the lake has an abundance of wildlife, which makes it perfect for bird-watching. Plus, the views around Bahman Lake will surely take your breath away.
Murray River Canoe Trail
Address: Riverboat Dock, Watson St, Echuca VIC 3564, Australia
5. Relish mouthwatering Australian food at The Mill Echuca
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A holiday in Echuca would not be complete without a delicious meal at The Mill Echuca. It is a beautiful dining spot with a quintessential charm. What was once a 19th-century flour mill has now become a sophisticated eatery that serves modern Australian specialties. Besides delicious food, The Mill Echuca provides its guests with quality hospitality services and a cozy atmosphere. Because of its charming aesthetics and romantic ambiance, this restaurant has become a popular venue for special occasions like weddings and birthdays.
The Mill Echuca
Address: 2 Nish St, Echuca VIC 3564, Australia
Website: The Mill Echuca
Opening hours: Tue - Thu & Sat: 4pm - 11pm; Fri: 4pm - 12pm (closed on Sun & Mon)
6. 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
7. Enjoy a boat ride on Murray River
After you’ve seen the Echuca wharf, then consider taking a boat ride down the Murray River. Several cruise companies offer river rides with paddle steamers, which often feature on board restaurants. This makes a cruise along the Murray River one of many romantic things to do in Echuca. Passengers can enjoy a delicious lunch as they take in the sights of the riverside. You may even find some wonderful houseboats while you’re at it. 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
8. 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
9. 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
10. 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
11. 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
12. 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. If you love cars, then this Echuca attraction is a great place to check out.
National Holden Motor Museum
Address: 7 - 11 Warren St, Echuca, Victoria 3564, Australia
Website: National Holden Motor Museum
13. 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
14. 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. If you’re wondering what to do in Echuca after your visit here, the Campaspe River, where you can go fishing or picnicking, is also within close proximity.
Historic Echuca Primary School Building
Address: 413-431 High St, Echuca VIC 3564, Australia
15. 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. Its hotels and cabin rentals also feature great amenities. Finally, there’s several notable breweries and an excellent vineyard offering beverages that are unique to the region.
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