Australia's 'largest inland port'
Founded by ex-convict Henry Hopwood, the historic Port of Echuca started as a mere punt crossing in 1850 only to become regarded as Australia's largest inland port by the 1870s. Today Echuca still retains the country’s largest fleet of paddlesteamers.
To see this working steam port in action, head to the nearby banks of the Murray River where you will find the township's berth of active and operational boats and wharves.
About Echuca Moama
Located on the Murray River, the twin towns of Echuca and Moama retain the colourful legacies of once being key river ports and railway junctions.
Explore the region's rich and diverse history at one of the various museums, including the notable Echuca Historical Society Museum, which tells the story of the working paddlesteamer port through its valuable collection of artifacts and memorabilia.
You can also step right into the source and take a paddle-steamer cruise or explore a living museum at the historic Port of Echuca itself.
Part of the largest continuous red gum forest in the world, this region also remains an important place for Aboriginal people, who have a rich and ongoing connection with the area. The township and region contain a number of precious Aboriginal sites, especially middens, oven mounds and scarred trees, where bark has been removed from the tree to make canoes, coolamons and shields.
It is also a good starting point to explore the wider Deniliquin area on the Long Paddock Touring Route. Follow the information panels to traverse the Cobb Highway on a historic web of tracks and trails linking famous Country NSW towns, and cross iconic rivers, such as the Lachlan, Edward and Murray.
If that works up an appetite, there are 14 cellar doors to visit, and you'll find great local and regional food and wine in abundance. For those looking for a casual drink or pub-styled meal try Echuca's oldest bar, The American Hotel.
Accommodation options are plentiful with hotels, caravan parks and cabins all within easy reach.