Australia’s paddle-steamer capital, the twin towns of Echuca and Moama are rich in riverboat heritage, tasty food and wine, and towering river red gums. You can hop aboard a paddle-steamer on the iconic Murray River, enjoy wonderful music and food festivals, and visit elegant wineries.
Getting to this picturesque area on the southwest NSW border is easy. The drive from Melbourne or Albury is about 2h 40min. The nearest regional airport is in Albury. You’ll find plenty of places to stay, from camping and caravanning to motels and a golf resort. There are houseboats for hire too.
The historic Port of Echuca was Australia’s largest inland port by the 1870s. 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, on the Murray’s southern side.
A cruise on a paddle-steamer is a marvellous experience. Join Echuca Paddlesteamers and Murray River Paddlesteamers for various tours on Australia’s longest river. There is a paddle-steamer trip to Morrisons winery where you’ll enjoy wine tasting at the cellar door and lunch by the majestic river.
A delightful events calendar includes in May and Riverboats Music Festival in February. And a delicious range of restaurants will tempt your tastebuds. On the northern side of the river are vineyards, wineries and cellar doors of the Perricoota wine region.
There are many more memorable things to do, from bushwalking to waterskiing to mountain biking. Explore Ramsar-listed wetlands and the world’s largest river red gum forests in the Murray Valley and Barmah national parks. Join Kingfisher Cruises for a tour of the wetlands brimming with birdlife.