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


From publican-raised steak to a vegan cafe and cream-laden scones in between, eating is practically a sport in this town.

The Sweet Meadow


A vegan cafe that doesn’t trumpet its agenda.

Wistaria Tea Rooms


Nostalgia runs deep at this rustic cafe.

Gunbower Hotel


Paddock-to-plate steaks in a classic pub setting.


There used to be 100 pubs in Echuca. Now the liquid offerings have diversified, and you can bookend beer with local coffee and wine.

Permanently Closed

Echuca Coffee Roasters


The freshest brew in town.

American Hotel


Craft beers, burgers and barrel-smoked eats in an 1865-built pub.


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


From a floating hotel to a residence surrounded by farmland, the accommodation here is all sorts of idyllic. Check out even more places to stay in Echuca.


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.