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

EAT

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

Gunbower Hotel

Restaurant

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

18-20 Murray Valley Highway Echuca 3564
Friday
12:00pm - 11:00pm

Wistaria Tea Rooms

Cafe

Nostalgia runs deep at this rustic cafe.

51 Murray Esplanade Echuca 3564
Friday
8:00am - 4:00pm

The Sweet Meadow

Cafe

A vegan cafe that doesn’t trumpet its agenda.

640 High Street Echuca 3564
Friday
7:30am - 4:00pm

DRINK

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

American Hotel

Bar

Where American meets Australian.

239-249 Hare Street Echuca 3564
Friday
11:00am - 1:00am

Cape Horn Vineyard

Restaurant

A picturesque winery with plantings of chardonnay, marsane and zinfandel.

486 Stewarts Bridge Road Echuca 3564
Friday
11:00am - 5:00pm

Echuca Coffee Roasters

Cafe

The freshest brew in town.

574-576 High Street Echuca 3564
Friday
8:30am - 4:30pm

Do

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.

Echuca Village 3564

STAY

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.

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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