Located on the banks of the Murray and Campaspe River in Victoria, Echuca is the perfect destination for outdoor lovers and adventure seekers. It is the closest settlement on the Murray River to Melbourne and is home to the largest paddle steamer fleet in the world.
Echuca, formerly ‘Hopwood’s Ferry’ (named after its founder Henry Hopwood) is full of historic charm. As the town grew, the name changed to Echuca, an Aboriginal word meaning ‘meeting of the water’.
Image credit: Historic Port, Echuca, Victoria by Marco Saracco | Adobe Stock
Echuca is known to be ‘twin towns’ with Moama. Located on the New South Wales side of the Murray River, Moama is a short drive, walk or ride over the connecting bridge.
With a small population of 14,000, Echuca’s main industry is tourism and agriculture. Tourism earns about $250 million a year for the town’s economy. Agriculture is a key industry in the region and dairy, wheat, sheep, pig, and cattle farms are all within the Campaspe Shire.
The river is home to a constant stream of houseboats, which many tourists use for accommodation.
Image credit: Paddle Steamer, Echuca, Victoria by Adobe Stock
Visiting the Port of Echuca Discovery Centre is a must-do when visiting the town. Here you will learn the story of Australia's inland river system and the history of paddle steamers.
The National Holden Motor Museum, Echuca chocolate company, St Anne’s Vineyard and The Great Aussie Beer Shed are among popular attractions for tourists.
The warm climate, location, native forests and picturesque views are among the reasons why tourists are drawn to visiting this beautiful river town.
Have we convinced you yet? Discover Echuca for yourself on our 13-day Highlights of Western Victoria small group tour and spend the day exploring this stunning town.