Port of Echuca

The kids bounce impatiently on the wharf, watching a paddlesteamer churn down the river towards  them. Steam drifts upwards and a sharp toot pierces the air. The paddlesteamer is arriving! An eager  scramble over the gangplank, and the kids can get a close-up view of the chugging steam engines and  the engineers feeding in the wood. But the best is yet to come. The skipper announces that all children  on board can have a turn at steering. Your kids proudly take the wheel and return with certificates proving that they are now first mates! 

Contact details

52 Murray Espl, Echuca; (03) 5482 4248

Price range

VARIOUS PRICES

Don't Miss

■ The hour-long guided walk, offered once daily in the late morning.

■ The underground bar at the Star Hotel. It was built for illegal drinking and has a tunnel escape route  in case of a police raid. This is included in the guided tour, but is also accessible with general entry.
 
■ The moored PS Adelaide, the oldest operational wooden-hulled paddlesteamer in the world.

Fabulous Facts

A miniseries called All the Rivers Run was filmed here in the 1980s. It starred Australian actors  Sigrid Thornton and John Waters (who hosted the ABC kids’ show Play School for many years). Try to view All the Rivers Run before you come (there are clips on YouTube), or teenagers might  read the book by Nancy Cato on which it was based. You can peek at behind-the-scenes information  on the filming at www.portofechuca.org.au

Insider Tips

■ A hundred years ago, paddlesteamers travelled to the Port of Echuca from as far away as  Queensland to bring cargoes of wool, which were then transported to Melbourne by train. The  historic buildings and vessels have been restored, and you can wander the port among people in  costume, imagining you have travelled back in time.

■ Paddlesteamer cruises run four or five times a day.
 
■ The best time to come is the weekend, when you’ll see extra steam engines in operation on the  wharf.
 
■ Save money with a combined ticket for the port, a paddlesteamer cruise, the National Holden  Motor Museum and other attractions in Echuca.
 
■ Dress in sensible clothes and shoes for spending several hours outdoors.

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