Paddlesteamer, John Krutop / Explore Australia Publishing

Population 12613

Visitors to this delightful town are transported back in time by the sight of beautiful old paddleboats cruising down the Murray River. The town is at the junction of the Murray, Campaspe and Goulburn rivers. Once Australia's largest inland port, its name comes from an Aboriginal word meaning 'meeting of the waters'.

Visitor Information

2 Heygarth St; (03) 5480 7555 or 1800 804 446

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In Town

Port of Echuca The massive red-gum wharf has been restored to the grandeur of its heyday, with huge paddlesteamers anchored here. Read More

Historic buildings: many along Murray Espl including the Star Hotel, with an underground bar and escape tunnel, and the Bridge Hotel, built by Henry Hopwood, the founder of Echuca, who ran the original punt service.

Sharp's Magic Movie House and Penny Arcade: award-winning attractions; Murray Espl.

Echuca Historical Society Museum: housed in former police station; open 11am–3pm daily; High St.

Billabong Carriages: Murray Espl.

National Holden Museum: Warren St.


Barmah National Park This park combines with NSW's Millewa forest to form the largest river red gum forest in the world. Nearby are Barmah Lakes, a good location for fishing and swimming. Canoes and barbecue pontoons are available for hire. Walking trails take in various Aboriginal sites, and the Dharnya Centre interprets the culture of the local Yorta Yorta people. Ulupna Island, in the eastern section of the park (near Strathmerton), has river beaches, camping and a large population of koalas. Barmah Muster, a festival celebrating Barmah's drovers, is held in the park in Apr. Contact Parks Victoria on 13 1963; 39 km NE.

Moama: attractions include the Horseshoe Lagoon nature reserve; 2 km N.

Mathoura: set among the mighty red gums, Mathoura is a charming Murray town over the NSW border. Fishing is popular, with sites including Gulpa Creek and the Edward and Murray rivers. To see the forest in its splendour, take the Moira Forest Walkway or, for that authentic Murray River experience, visit nearby Picnic Pt, popular for camping, picnics, waterskiing and fishing; 40 km N.

Nathalia: a town on Broken Creek with historic buildings. Walking tracks along the creek take in fishing spots, old homesteads and a lookout; 57 km E.

Eco-friendly activities around town

Indigenous tour - Shepparton 64 km

A free, short, bush-tucker tour is available from the Bangerang Cultural Centre in Shepparton. You will need to book, but you can visit the centre on weekdays to see the wide range of artefacts from the area, and from... Find out more

Cafes & restaurants around town


Named after the Roman goddess of tillage (cereal crops and grains), this 1881-built former flour mill is the perfect setting for this lovely contemporary space. With polished cement floors, chandeliers and rugs, a casual... Find out more

Oscar W’s Wharfside

Perched right on the Murray River, this popular restaurant and bar is away from the main tourist precinct. Take a seat at the bar, in the lounge or in the Red Gum Grill restaurant – all have river views and one... Find out more

PS Emmylou

This 1981-built paddlesteamer is a faithful reproduction of earlier vessels that plied the mighty Murray River. On day cruises, morning and afternoon teas are available as well as an à la carte menu. At night, a... Find out more

Campsites around town

Christies Beach camping area 7 km

There are lots of shaded bush-camping options on flat ground at Christies Beach, which makes it a good choice for large groups. There’s also easy access to the river here, and it’s only a short trip into... Find out more

Bama precinct camping areas 12 km

Downstream from the town of Barmah, this precinct is accessible via Barmah Forest Rd, 13 km north-east of Moama.... Find out more

Moira precinct camping areas 24 km

Formerly one of the Millewa group of state forests (which included Barmah Forest in Victoria, and Millewa and Gulpa Island forests in NSW), this recently became part of Murray Valley National Park. It’s 4 km... Find out more

Barmah Lakes camping area 28 km

Just east of the relatively flat ground of the Barmah Lakes camping area is the Dharnya Interpretative Centre (closed indefinitely), where a number of bushwalks begin. These include the self-guided Yamyabuc Discovery... Find out more

Perricoota State Forest camping areas 46 km

This forest is adjacent to Koondrook State Forest, accessible via Nineteen Mile Rd, Yarraman Access Rd or Belbins Rd from Perricoota Forest Rd.... Find out more

Terrick Terrick camping area 46 km

This is the only place in the national park where you are allowed to camp. Nearby is a granite outcrop known as Mt Terrick Terrick, the summit of which affords some wonderful views – the walk up here is short but... Find out more

Millewa precinct camping areas 47 km

Formerly Millewa State Forest, this area is now part of Murray Valley National Park. You can get here via Tocumwal Rd, 10 km east of Mathoura, or from Lower River Rd onto Tocumwal Rd south-east of Deniliquin.... Find out more

Gulpa Island precinct camping areas 47 km

Formerly Gulpa Island State Forest, Gulpa precinct is now part of Murray Valley Regional Park. It is accessed via Millewa Rd, 9 km north-east of Mathoura. The precinct’s Edward River camping area, which has... Find out more

Barmah camping area (bush camping) 49 km

You can choose your own bush-camping site beside the Murray among (though never under, because of the possibility of falling branches) the towering red gums here. From Picola, which lies off the Murray Valley Hwy, take... Find out more

Mulga Dam camping area 52 km

Small Mulga Dam is in the far north of the national park. A short walk past old charcoal pits starts from the picnic area here. Along the way you may hear some of the many songbirds that thrive in the region. To reach... Find out more

Caravan parks around town

Echuca Holiday Park 3 km

This is a popular, quality riverside park just a short walk from Echuca’s historic port precinct on the Murray River. The spacious park has a range of accommodation and great facilities. With its excellent... Find out more

Victoria Lake Holiday Park 64 km

Set on the shores of Victoria Park Lake, this picturesque place is centrally located on the main highway 1 km south of the city centre. With good facilities and great waterfront sites, it is the park we like to stay at... Find out more

Big4 Shepparton Park Lane Holiday Park 65 km

Located on the southern approaches to Shepparton, this park has undergone substantial redevelopment and is now a tourist park with great facilities. Bookings are required in peak periods.... Find out more

Gateway Lifestyle Shepparton East Holiday Park 68 km

On the Midland Highway 5 km to the east of Shepparton, and close to the Shepparton bypass, this quality park in a rural setting has great amenities and facilities including a tennis court. As with most parks in this... Find out more

Hotels, motels & B&Bs around town

PS Emmylou

The Emmylou is one of a fleet of three historic paddlesteamers that ply the waters of the great Murray River. Built last century for the purpose of accommodation and dining, she is powered by a completely restored 1906... Find out more

Quest Echuca

The first dedicated complex of serviced apartments in town, this new property offers a range of 60 studio, one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments. All are spacious, air-conditioned and fully furnished with smart neutral... Find out more

Bright on the Murray

This gracious 110-year-old homestead is beautifully sited right on the banks of the Murray River at Moama, about 9 kilometres from Echuca. It offers comfortable B&B accommodation in five in-house rooms, each named... Find out more

Perricoota Vines Retreat

This 4-hectare complex comprises 22 one-, two- and three-bedroom self-contained spa villas built using superb Australian timbers. The prized villas are from numbers 8 to 23, as their balconies edge a private lake. All... Find out more

Rest areas around town

Wharparilla Flora Reserve rest area 13 km

93km SE of Kerang (L) or 3km W of Echuca (R)

Large area just off the highway among some trees. 

Goulburn River rest area 33 km

38km E of Echuca (L) or 19km S of Nathalia (R)

Just off the highway among a few trees on the banks of the river. 

Green Lake Recreation Reserve camping area 34 km

T/O 12km W of Stanhope (R) or 24km E of Elmore (L)

Among a few trees on the shores of the lake 2.5km (partly unsealed) north of the highway.

Aysons Reserve camping area 36 km

T/O 31km W of Stanhope (R) or 5km E of Elmore (L)

Among some large trees on the riverbank 3km north-east of the highway via Burnewang Rd.

Gunbower park area 40 km

At Gunbower

On the banks of the creek in the middle of town.

Stanhope park area 40 km

At Stanhope

Adjacent to the highway. On the east side of town.

Goornong park area 57 km

At Goornong

Adjacent to the highway. In the middle of town.

Cohuna park area 60 km

At Cohuna

Adjacent to the highway. In the middle of town.

Mooroopna rest area 61 km

At Mooroopna

Adjacent to the highway. On the west side of town.

Wunghnu park area 61 km

At Wunghnu

Adjacent to the highway. In the middle of town.

Morgans Gate camping area 64 km

T/O 29km NE of Nathalia (L) or 27km W of Cobram (R)

Secluded area among trees on a riverbank. Located 10km (unsealed) north of the highway via Haynes and Morgans Mill rds.

Huntly rest area 70 km

At Huntly

Small area just off the highway among some large trees.

Calder Woodburn rest area 72 km

31km N of Nagambie (L)

Just off the highway. For northbound only.

What's on around town

Southern 80 Ski Race: from Torrumbarry Weir to Echuca; Feb.

Riverboat Music Festival: Feb.

Euchuca Steam Rally: June.

Winter Blues Festival: July.

Echuca Heritage Family Festival: Oct.

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