Echuca is known as Australia’s paddle steamer capital and is Victoria’s oldest river town. Stemming from the Indigenous word meaning ‘meeting of the water’, Echuca is nestled along the glorious Murray River.
You’ll be transported to yesteryear as you meander through the restored historic port and ride on the horse-drawn carriages. Why not take a trip to this tranquil town!
Choice Hotels offers two accommodation options in Echuca. You can unwind at the Comfort Resort Echuca Moama, which peacefully sits on three acres of river gum bush land. The resort is located just minutes away from many Echuca attractions including the Rich River Golf Club, the Murray River and the Moama Bowling Club. There’s plenty of recreational activities to choose from here and you can use the hotel as a base for waterskiing and canoeing.
For something more central, the Comfort Inn Settlement is an ideal option and is within walking distance of the town centre. This hotel is also 10 minutes from the airport and features unique memorabilia from the settlement era, including a windmill. A variety of restaurants and cocktail lounges are located in the surrounding area.
A trip to Echuca would not be complete without a ride on a paddle steamer.
Echuca is home to the largest paddle steamer collection in the world and it’s a great way to experience the area.
There are many services that operate well-restored paddle steamers. Just ask the friendly staff at your hotel for advice!
Take a scenic drive through the largest River Red Gum forest in the world, known as the Barmah State Forest. Here you’ll find several lakes, wetlands and sand hills. The forest is classified as an Important Bird Area (IBA) because of its importance to the endangered Superb Parrot. You may come across a number of other birds, including Yellow-billed Spoonbill, Nankeen Night Heron and Australian White Ibis.
Echuca has a thriving restaurant scene and we can recommend some local favourites!
Ceres offers an array of Mediterranean dishes, with a menu showcasing locally-sourced ingredients. For something more casual, you can enjoy a rustic pizza and beverage at the Star Café, situated opposite the Historic Echuca Wharf in the heart of the Port Precinct.
The Mill offers hearty breakfasts, lunches and a la carte restaurant in a beautiful heritage building, complete with opulent chandeliers.
Learn about Echuca Moama’s unique history at the Port of Echuca Discovery Centre.
The centre is ideal for children and has plenty of audio visual displays and interactive exhibits. Kids will definitely enjoy Echuca attractions and activities such as the Adventure Play Park which has been constructed by the community with ideas conceived by children. There’s hours of entertainment on offer from the flying foxes, to climbing towers and sand pits! Kids will definitely enjoy the Echuca attractions and activites
Car enthusiasts will enjoy a nostalgic stroll through the Holden Museum, opposite the Port of Echuca. This museum is home to 40 beautifully restored Holden’s, from FJ to Monaro, rare prototypes, historical racing footage and memorabilia.
There are many fun activities and things to do in Echuca. Pack your bags and have an amazing time.