Towering river red gums and a mighty waterway provide a spectacular backdrop to Australia’s paddle-steamer capital. In the twin towns of Echuca and Moama, found on either side of the Murray River, hop aboard a paddle-steamer, visit waterside wineries and soak up rich riverboat heritage.
By the 1870s, the historic Port of Echuca was Australia’s largest inland port. Today, Echuca retains the largest paddle-steamer fleet in the country. You can explore the history and heritage of the port and the steam-driven riverboats at the Port of Echuca Discovery Centre, located on the Murray’s southern side.
Soak up the serenity and history of the river on a paddle-steamer cruise. Echuca Paddlesteamers and Murray River Paddlesteamers both offer memorable river experiences. Join a paddle-steamer lunch cruise to Morrisons winery. St Anne's is another winery located on the banks of the Murray.
Enjoy an action-packed events calendar of wonderful music and food festivals, including Flavours of Echuca Moama Festival in April, Riverboats Music Festival in February and Perricoota Pop and Pour Festival in November. At the Echuca Moama Markets, you’ll find everything from arts and crafts to food and wine.
Echuca Moama will tempt your tastebuds, with charming wine bars, farm fresh produce, modern restaurants and a distillery. Follow the Echuca Moama Food and Wine Trailto sample the region’s gourmet treats. The neighbouring Perricoota wine region is best known for its shiraz, cabernet sauvignon and chardonnay.
You’ll find many more things to do, from bushwalking and mountainbiking to waterskiing and a visit to Aqua Island. Explore Ramsar-listed wetlands and the world’s largest river red gum forests in the Murray Valley and Barmah national parks. You can join Kingfisher Cruises for a tour of the wetlands, which are full of birdlife.
The drive to Echuca Moama from Sydney takes around 8hr 30min. From Melbourne or Albury it is 2h 30min. You can also fly or catch the train to Albury. You’ll find plenty of places to stay, from campgrounds and caravan parks to motels and family-friendly resorts. There are also houseboats for hire.