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1.  Cinema Pop Up Moama – 9-12 January

Cinema Pop Up is popping up in Moama this Summer, and tickets are FREE for kids when you book online!

Featuring an outdoor movie experience at the Moama Sound Shell, Cinema Pop Up is about providing locals and visitors the opportunity to experience an outdoor cinema and all the entertainment surrounding the event in their local environment.

Cinema Pop up will run for four nights only, from Thursday 9th January up to and including Sunday 12th January and will catering for all featuring the following family movies, chosen by Moama locals:

  • Thursday 9 January – Toy Story 4 (PG);
  • Friday 10 January – Bridesmaids (MA);
  • Saturday 11 January – Aladdin (2019) (PG);
  • Sunday 12 January – Pets 2 (PG);

The pop-up roadshow will feature movies, free games and activities for kids, a candy bar with popcorn and snacks, and a bar for the adults.

Cost: Kids tickets are FREE when you book online and adults are only $5.  VIP seats are also available with comfy bean beds for just $20.

Bookings: http://bit.ly/CinemaPopUpMoama

2.  The Regional Picnic Echuca – 8-12 January

Regional Picnic is an exciting new music, wine, food and arts festival taking place on Echuca’s scenic Murray river, with something special for the whole family to enjoy.

A collaboration with some of the region’s finest local businesses, unique collection of world class entertainment and other festivities:

Australia’s best tribute bands; Pop-Up Bars; Grazers grove; Local Produce; Your favourite regional wineries; Art, craft and market stalls; Lawn games and more!

A portion of each ticket will be given back to the community via a donation to a local charity.

Cost: Daily tickets from $15pp

Bookings: http://bit.ly/TheRegionalPicnicEchuca

3.  Riverlive - Murray River Paddlesteamers

Experience a new type of Dinner cruise aboard the spacious Pride of the Murray.  Enjoy a

2.5 hour cruise with a fabulous 3 course buffet dinner while sitting back and enjoying live

music from Warren Hardiman performing all the pub classics you know and love.

Commencing at 6pm on selected dates, the cruise departs at 6.30pm, returning at 9.00pm.

Drinks available at bar prices.

Cost: Adults $90, Children $45

Bookings: http://bit.ly/RiverLiveMRPS

4.  Echuca Paddlesteamers

Sunset Cheese and Biscuits Cruise

Enjoy a special 1.5hr Murray River sunset cruise with cheese & biscuits provided and BYO drinks available.  5.30pm to 7.00pm.

Cost: $35

Bookings: echucamoama.com or phone 1800 804 446

River Cruising

Whether you are a history buff, steam buff, or simply looking for a fun day out, step back in time and discover what riverboat life was all about. Pets welcome!  FREE colouring in and activities pack will be handed to all kids to enjoy while cruising.

Cost: Adults $27, Child $12, Family from $48

Bookings: www.echucamoama.com or phone 1800 804 446

5.  Supercharge your visit to twistED Science

Summer Slime Workshops, turning plastic into fantastic!

Transform plastic bags into your own Bagooze - awesome slime to take home and enjoy. Running at 11am on weekdays in January - check out dates on Facebook.  

Cost: $8.50 plus entry Bookings essential!

Bookings: www.twistedscience.com.au or 1300 984 823

Totally Twisted Experience

Get hands on with everything twistED has to offer! Everyone will be engaged with this great value family experience for all ages. Includes 2 hours of hands on fun for 2 adults and up to 3 children with 3 x sessions of augmented reality climbing wall and experimental snack lab drinks for everyone.

Cost: $90

Bookings: www.echucamoama.com or phone 1800 804 446

6.  Gravity Shack

Gravity Shack has bouncing covered with interconnected trampolines, performance area, giant air bag, dodgeball area and basketball lanes for the kids (and big kids) to explore.

Trampolining is a low impact health activity, rewarding for both the mind and the body! But the kids don’t need to know that – they can just enjoy exploring a playground where they can bounce and laugh the day away.

That’s not all… Gravity shack has added a multi-level playground with belly tickling slides and obstacles for many ages to enjoy.

Daily activities throughout the school holidays:

MONDAYS RISE AND GRIND Buy 1 coffee and get 2nd coffee
FREE CHEAP TUESDAYS Gravity Shack Session $10 Tackers and Little Tackers $5
WE COMPETE WEDNESDAYS Beat our staff in hourly competitions to win a variety of prizes
THIRSTY THURSDAYS 1 free slushy with every entry
FRIDAY LIGHTS OUT 5pm - 8pm, 3 hours of family fun... every Friday during school holidays DJ playing all your requested beats.  LED light show with LIGHTS OFF.  Free GLOW STICKS on entry VALUE PACKED SATURDAYS $8 pack includes chips, nuggets and a can of soft drink/slushy/ water SUNDAY EXTENDED HOURS 9am - 6pm • 3pm - 6pm unlimited play

Cost: Little Tackers 5 and under: $10, 5 and up 60 minute session from $15

Bookings: www.gravityshack.com.au

7.  Billabong Ranch

Holiday Camps

Billabong Ranch’s School Holiday Camp creates a wonderful opportunity for your children to enjoy a week away in a farm atmosphere with a group of like-minded children, with an itinerary catering to boys and girls aged between 7 and 17 years. Experienced staff are skilled in all areas of horse riding and can cater to each child’s ability and needs.  The camp is fully supervised. Senior staff are qualified instructors and trail guides who also compete successfully in a variety of disciplines.
When: 5 -11 January, 12-18 January, 19-25 January

Cost: The cost per child is $745.00 GST inc (Price includes meals, accommodation, activities, horses and instruction)

Bookings: www.billabongranch.com.au

Super Pass

Super package - Game of Mini golf, entry to the Animal Nursery, Game of Frisbee Golf, Unlimited use of Pedal Boats, Bouldering, Beach Volleyball & Playground.

Cost: $100 (normally priced at $110 – SAVE $10)

Bookings: echucamoama.com or phone 1800 804 446

8.  Aqua Island

The AQUA PARK is a series of inflatable slides, runways, jumping pillows and bouncers, all connected together and floating in a large, clean and refreshing lake. It features swings, ramps, jumps, ladders, a slide, wiggle bridges, and so much more.

Cost: $25pp

Bookings: www.aquaisland.com.au

9.  Echuca Moama SUP

$30 for 1.5hrs of paddling on the mighty Murray River. 

For further info and booking contacts: www.echucasup.com

10.  Brett Sands Water Sports

Brett Sands Watersports offers lessons in Wakeboarding, Waterskiing, Barefooting and Kneeboarding, from hourly lessons to half, full & multiple day packages. We also offer our Family Fun packages where you can be introduced to watersports for the very first time.

For further info, schedule and rates: brettsands.com.au/

11. National Holden Motor Museum

Open every day 9.00am to 5.00pm.  If you are a TRUE BLUE AUSSIE visiting Echuca you shouldn’t go past visiting the National Holden Motor Museum. From the day the first Holden 48-215 (FX) emerged from the production line, Holden rose to become the colossus of the Australian Motor Car Industry. Echuca’s National Holden Museum takes you through the remarkable history of a company that put our nation on wheels.

Cost: Adults $10, Child $5, Concession $9 and Families $25

Bookings: holdenmuseum.com.au

12.  The Strawberry Pick

Feel like fresh air, delicious strawberries and some time to relax? Then head to The Strawberry Pick to select and pick your own premium strawberries straight from the plant, indulge in some ice cream of milkshake or enjoy a scone with tea or coffee.

Cost: $3 for over 4YO and, $6 500grams and $12 kg
For further info and times visit: thestrawberrypick.com.au

13.  Rich River Golf Club

Fridays - $15 Steak Night.  Happy Hour 8.00pm to 10.00pm.  Kids eat half price PLUS Free ice cream.  $5 Schooners ALL day and NEW Mini Golf course open 8am - 10pm daily.

Gold Chisel, the Cold Chisel tribute band will perform live and free at Rich River Golf Club

from 9.00pm on Saturday 28 December.

For further information: www.richriver.com.au

14.  Cape Horn Vineyard

Cape Horn Vineyard and Riverside Bar is the perfect venue for adults and kids alike. Kids love our giant chess board and undercover play-ground, plus a picnic area that is perfect for a kick of the footy, or practicing your bowling to the batsman, we make the perfect outdoor family place to visit. You can even bring your pooch along.

Every day of the School Holidays you can relax on the Riverside Deck watching the river go by, taste a fantastic wine selection and feed the family with wood-fired pizzas.

For further information and Music in the Vines schedule: www.capehornvineyard.com.au

15.  Morrisons Winery, Restaurant & Brewery

Open 7 days except New Years Day.  Live Music with Sunday Sessions at 1710 Brew Co from 2.30pm.

For further info: morrisons.net.au/

16.  Echuca Racing Club ~ NYE Family Day Out

Live thoroughbred racing, live music, loads of free and fun kids’ activities, face painting,

jumping castle, games to name a few and free show bags for the first 200 kids through the

gate.  Kelly Sports will be on site as well as Waterslide and Ice creams to keep you cool.  

Public bar, TAB, snack bar, dining room for a sit down meal (no bookings required), ATM

and a permanent playground to keep the young entertained.  Packages, catering and

beverages are available.  Gates open at 11am.

Cost: Adults $15 with kids under 17 free of charge when accompanied. Buses will operate from Echuca and Moama.

17. Echuca Harness Racing Club

Night Racing at the Echuca Trots on Wednesday 1st January with a great night of family

entertainment.  Feature Race the Frank and Carmel Ryan Memorial Pace.

Entertainment from 6.30pm with The Avengers, Jumping Castle, Live Music and Face

Painting, Ice Cream    Giveaways and Prizes.  Bar, Dining Room and Takeaway Food, TAB

and Bookmakers on course.

Cost: $10 adults, children free with gates open from 5.30pm.

 18.  ECHUCA MOAMA VISITOR CENTRE

Monday 30th Dec, Monday 6th, Monday 13th, Monday 20th, Monday 27th January ~ 11.30am.

During the school holidays our staff will be holding a meet and greet session with the native residents who live at Echuca Moama Visitor Centre.  Bluey and Lizzie are our Eastern Blue Tongue Lizards who love leaving their tank for a pat and to show off their very blue tongues. Terry and Myrtle, our Murray River Short Neck Turtles love to meet new faces.  Don’t forget to say hello to Fin our Murray Cod and Pinchy the Murray River yabbie.

Contact: FREECALL 1800 804 446 or visit 2 Heygarth St, Echuca

Visit: echucamoama.com

19.  TWISTED STEAMER FAMILY FUN DEAL!

1hr Paddlesteamer cruise • Pilot a paddlesteamer • Experience a bygone era • Discover native wildlife • Cruise the mighty Murray • Experience Australia’s oldest inland port.

Cost: Adults $105, SAVE $15

Bookings: murrayriverpaddlesteamers.com.au

20.  KYABRAM FAUNA PARK

Home to more than 600 native Australian animals including koalas, dingoes, kangaroos, wombats, emus and reptiles.

Animal Encounters

Mon-Fri 11.15am Kangaroo feeding, 11.30am Meet a koala, 1.30pm Reptile interaction

Cost: Adult $20, Child $10, Family $55

Bookings: www.echucamoama.com

Dingo Puppies

Dingo puppies have arrived at Kyabram Fauna Park! For something really special, book a dingo puppy encounter . Your 20 minute encounter includes puppy playtime, photo opportunities, behind-the-scenes tour and an educational talk.

Cost: $30

Bookings: 5852 2883

Zookeeper For A Day

A hands on experience to play zookeeper for a day!  Suitable for children aged between 8-12 years old.  Sessions run from 9.00am to 1.00pm.

Cost: $70 including morning tea and lunch

Bookings: 5852 2883

21.  MURRAY RIVER PADDLESTEAMERS

Free Devonshire tea with all 1 hour cruises on Pride of the Murray

Cost: Adult $23.50, Child $12 Family $60

Bookings: echucamoama.com or phone 1800 804 446

Echuca Moama SupaPass ~ the ultimate family package!

Cost: $185 for 2 x adults & 3 x children. Save 15%.

Bookings: www.murrayriverpaddlesteamers.com.au

22.  ALTON GALLERY - SOMETHING DIFFERENT

Echuca Moama Artists present, “Something Different”- an Exhibition by Ray Hill, noted Plein Air Artist from Kialla, which will be showing in the Alton gallery until January 25th. There are two components to this exhibition - paintings of Australia at war, and vignettes of life from Ray’s travels in Australia and overseas. Open: Fridays 10am- 2.30 pm, Saturday 10am - 1pm, or by Appointment.

Entry is free.

Visit: www.altongalleryechuca.com

23.  PORT OF ECHUCA DISCOVERY CENTRE

Kids Arts Classes
Monday 6th January and 13th to 20th January ~ 10.30am.

Develop your artistic skills with guidance from a successful artist & author, Murray Ross. Included in discovery centre entry.

Cost: Adult $14, Child $8, Family from $37 Locals FREE.  $5.00 for Child Painting

Kids Trail

Available all day every day.  Dress up in old-fashioned costumes, play games on the Echuca Wharf & complete our Kids Trail to earn a prize. Included in Discovery Centre entry.

Kids Torchlight Tour

Friday 3rd, Friday 10th, Friday 17th & Friday 24th January ~ 7.30pm.

Experience the Port of Echuca by torchlight on this fun & engaging evening tour. Catered to the whole family, our guides tell the story of Echuca’s historical figures.

Cost: $10 per person (including adults)

Bookings: echucamoama.com

24.  RIVER COUNTRY ADVENTOURS

Daily canoeing safaris on the nearby Goulburn River. School Holiday Special - Kids FREE with paying parent!

Cost: $75pp half day Safari School

Bookings: adventours.com.au

25.  CACTUS COUNTRY

Cactus Country offers a unique experience in Australia. More than 4,000 species of cacti and succulents from around the globe are presented in an unforgettable journey throughout eight different garden trails.

The kids will love the Spotto game at Cactus Country.  It will see them exploring the garden in search of the cacti listed on the spotto sheet.  You’ll enjoy marvelling at the impressive range of cacti gardens.  Open all year round.

Cost: Adults $17.50, Senior $15.00, Children $7.50 and family $50

Bookings: www.echucamoama.com or phone 1800 804 446

Sunset Garden Tour

Every Saturday you have the opportunity to explore Cactus Country at sunset and walk the garden beneath a galaxy of stars, from 4pm - 10pm.

Watch the landscape evolve with the beautiful colours of the sky changing as the sunsets behind 12 acres of huge cacti. Once it's dark head off with a torch to see how different the garden is when you can only see where the light is pointed. It really does change your perspective and you feel like you could be anywhere in world!

Cost: $40

Bookings: www.cactuscountry.com.au

26.  HORSEHAND FOR A DAY

Thursday 2, Tuesday 7, Thursday 9, Tuesday 14, Thursday 16, Tuesday 21, Thursday 23, Tuesday 29 and Thursday 30 January

Experience all aspects of Horsemanship such as feeding, grooming, riding and effective communication.

Cost: $115, 10am - 4pm

Bookings: www.echucamoama.com or phone 1800 804 446

Kids Club

5 January and 19 January.  Ride and care for horses, basic level horsemanship, play horse games, Make new friends. Ages 5-15 years.

Cost: $75 Time, 1pm - 4pm

Bookings: www.echucamoama.com or phone 1800 804 446

27.  MOAMA ON MURRAY – 12 BERTH PONTOON BOATS

Thinking of exploring the river with friends but don’t have a boat – why not pack a bbq and enjoy lunch on the river in your very own brand new pontoon boat or relax with a drink and nibbles as the sun goes down.  Spacious, comfortable, easy to drive pontoon boats with an outdoor kitchenette, large eski and built in stereo system. Available for half day and full day hire, no boat license required.

Bookings: Moama on Murray Resort, 54803031

28.  MV MARY ANN CRUISING CAFE

Open Wednesday through to Sunday from 9.00am.  Purchase any item from the all day café menu and receive a complimentary cruise. Cruises depart at 10.30am, 12.00pm and 1.30pm.  Boarding via the Port of Echuca Discovery Centre.  

Bookings essential: www.maryann.com.au/cruises

29.  SQUIGGLES

Catering for children from 0 – 14 years old, Squiggles is an awesome indoor play centre, including an outdoor water park, and push pedal bike/trikes area.  Located at Moama on Murray.  The Inside play centre is equipped with ball pits slides and a jumping pillow to keep all the little ones happy!  Outside the kids can enjoy the jurassic water park area to cool down, a jump on the jumping pillow or take a skate on one of the scooters!

Opening Hours: 9am to 5pm ~ 7 days per week

Visit: www.echucamoama.com or phone 1800 804 446

30.  STAND UP PADDLEBOARDS FOR HIRE

Stand up paddle board hire based at Maidens Inn Holiday Park, from the world’s first SUP vending machine!

Cost: Lessons and hire $30pp

Bookings: www.iwaterski.com.au

 

To see more summer offers and to download a copy of our school holiday guide, visit www.echucamoama.com

 

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