Established in the early 1840s, by the late 1800s Echuca had grown to become the largest inland port in Australia. A mighty red-gum wharf stretched 1.2km along the river, and a fleet of up to 240 paddle-steamers continually delivered agricultural produce for transfer to freight trains bound for Melbourne.
While the pace may have lessened, visitors to Echuca-Moama today can experience the past in the historic port precinct. The restored wharf offers the opportunity to re-live the 1800s, and a fleet of steam driven paddle-steamers still plies the river on regular cruises (although the cargo these days is people rather than wool). The penny arcade and old-time movie hall will delight young and old alike.
Of course, Echuca-Moama is not just about its port. It is a vibrant modern city, with many attractions for the visitor. Why not visit the galleries and museums, get lost in a maze or play a round of golf? Go wild with paintball, spend an evening at the speedway, or have a flutter on the pokies.
The wineries of the nearby Perricoota wine area will welcome you to sample their drop. Or perhaps a quiet stroll along the many bush walking tracks is more your style. When it’s time to eat, the choice of restaurants and other dining options will amaze you.
If you’d like to know more about Echuca-Moama and its attractions before your visit, please let us know and we would be happy to help.