Published on 17th February 2017
by Linsey Rendell

River swims, local produce and beers in historic pubs. Our guide to Echuca.

Located in northern Victoria on Yorta Yorta country, Echuca is the Aboriginal word for “‘meeting of the waters”. Sitting at the intersection of the Murray and Campaspe rivers, the historic town sits on the Victorian side of the border, directly opposite Moama in New South Wales.

Those rivers are a big part of the Echuca-Moama region’s attractions. You can rent a houseboat to sleep in, test your balance on a stand-up paddleboard, or take a trip on a vintage paddle steamer to make the most of your time on the Murray. If the current is gentle, you can even jump in and swim from one state to the other.

There’s also plenty to see and do on land. With a range of dining options focused on fresh local produce, most venues also do locally made beers and wines. There’s also a vegan cafe to counterbalance those country-sized steaks, as well as old-school country-style scones, jam and cream.

Getting there is an adventure in itself. A three-hour trip up the Hume from Melbourne, Echuca is surrounded by dozens of interesting little country towns worthy of their own exploration.

Welcome to Echuca

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Swim, paddle or ride down the Murray to experience the river like locals do, or head to the fields to pick your own produce.

Swim at a river beach

Echuca is a town of rivers, which means it’s also a town of river beaches. Drive or cycle along the water’s edge and you’ll spot many a sandy patch to set down your towel and go for a refreshing dip. You’ll regularly see locals happily floating along on their flamingo- and donut-shaped inflatables. Beware though, the current can be strong. The river is also a popular spot to drag out the dusty kayak, or hire a canoe or paddle-board if your preferred pace is faster than chill.

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Itinerary

Summer days by the Murray River

Make the most of the warm balmy weather and clock some solid hours by the river. There’s plenty of hearty food and locally made beer and wine to keep you well fuelled between water activities.

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9AM

The Sweet Meadow

640 High Street
Echuca VIC
(03) 5482 4099
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The Sweet Meadow

Start your day with a wholesome breakfast at this new plant-based cafe on the main street. Take home ceramics by local potter Kaye Poulton and pocket a raw treat for the road.

10.30AM

Echuca Paddlesteamers

30 Murray Esplanade
Echuca VIC
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Ride on a Paddlesteamer

A trip to Echuca isn’t complete without a ride on one of these historic beauties. Enjoy scones with jam and cream on the dining deck, before visiting the captain’s quarters up top.

12PM

Cape Horn Vineyard

486 Stewarts Bridge Road
Echuca VIC
(03) 5480 6013
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Cape Horn Vineyard

Drive or boat to this local vineyard for wine tastings and a wood-fired pizza. Tall gum trees dot the property, and there’s plenty of space to sprawl out if you need a short kip.

2PM

Swim at a river beach


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River-beach swim

There are plenty of spots to swim along the Murray. Head east and take a punt on the dirt roads to find a secluded spot, or cross the bridge to Moama Beach where the water is calm and there’s a nice view of the wharf.

4PM

The Strawberry Pick

359 Lady Augusta Road
Echuca Village VIC
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The Strawberry Pick

Refuel with a juicy afternoon treat plucked from the plant with your bare hands. Fill a couple of punnets and maybe pocket a jam or two.

6PM

Gunbower Hotel

18-20 Murray Valley Highway
Echuca VIC
(03) 5487 1214
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Gunbower Hotel

Head northwest to Gunbower Hotel, where the publican is also the cattle grazier, so you know this pub is serious about its steak. Afterwards, catch the sunset at Kow Swamp nearby.