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The river is calling

 Echuca Moama are twin towns, yet one thriving community, nestled on the majestic Murray River.

 It’s time to slow down the pace, move to river time, and explore our backyard on your four-day escape.

 Only 2.5 hours from Melbourne, yet you will feel like you’re a world away! From our majestic rivers, wide open spaces, winding trails, and living history; to our contemporary food scene, world-renowned wine regions, artisan creators and riverside restaurants, Echuca Moama provides the best of both worlds.

Where to stay

Cosy B&Bs, luxurious houses, and award-winning motels and holiday parks. Echuca Moama has something to suit your tastes. Book your accommodation here.



Day 1 - Awaken in Echuca Moama

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The river called – and you answered! It’s time to change your pace and experience river life! Today is a day to awaken your senses to our fresh country air, wide open spaces, and tasty delights. Find your bearings and take your time to smell the red gums (we do red gums here, not roses!).


Highlights
  • Banyule State Forest
  • Riverside picnic at Moama Beach
  • Port of Echuca
  • The American Hotel & Harry O’s


Morning

Start your day with a nourishing breakfast at Fuzion Café, Echuca. While you’re there, order a grazing box for your riverside picnic lunch.

Call into the Echuca Moama Visitor Centre, located at the bridge that connects the twin towns of Echuca Moama. Meet the locals, get their insider tips and pick up maps and brochures to inspire you during your visit. The Visitor Centre also stocks and extensive collection of local and regional wines, as well as a sampling of local produce, so make sure you do a spot of shopping while you’re there.

Leave your car at the Visitor Centre and walk to Banyule State Forest. Yes, we have a forest right in the heart of town! Take the trail behind the Visitor Centre to the levee bank, under the historic bridge and arrive at the forest. Choose your own adventure on one of the many trails that take you through the towering gums and alongside the Murray River.


Afternoon

After your walk, hop back in the car and return to Fuzion Café to collect your grazing box. Drive across the bridge to Moama Beach, for your riverside picnic lunch. This is one of the Murray’s most picturesque picnic spots. Set up on the lush lawn overlooking the sandy beach and river, and sip and savour as you observe the abundance of bird life and watch the boats and paddlesteamers pass you by.

Drive to the Port of Echuca and spend the afternoon wandering the historic streetscapes. Pick up some sweet treats at the Port Ice Creamery and the most delectable homemade fudge from the Penny Arcade. Meander down to Riverboat Dock and view the paddlesteamers and houseboats lining the river bank, while your senses engage with the cacophony of paddlesteamer whistles and the bursts of steam as they prepare to sail.


Evening

For a smoking hot dinner, head to Harry O’s American BBQ at The American Hotel, Echuca – or ‘The Yank’ as it is affectionately known amongst locals. Opening in December 2021, Harry O’s serves up slow cooked, locally sourced smoked meats, homemade sausages, delicious sides, and everyone’s favourite, the Yabby Po’boy! The American also stocks the largest craft beer selection in town. Make sure you buy a growler to take away and enjoy back at your accommodation.


Day 2 - Sip & Savour

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Located in the Murray Riverina food bowl and surrounded by two defined wine regions and a thriving community of local producers and artisan creators, today is all about savouring our local produce, meeting our makers, and creating precious moments with your loved one.


Highlights
  • Sunrise paddleboard on the Murray River
  • Wharf to Winery experience
  • Echuca Distillery & Bar Lee
  • Port After Dark Lantern Tour

Morning

Today starts with an experience that will ground you, change you and take your breath away. Join a guided sunrise paddleboard tour down the Murray River withr Emu Outdoors or  Echuca Stand Up Paddle. Watch the sun soar above the treeline and reflect golden light onto the water, turning it into liquid glass. It’s just you, the water, the bird call and nature. An experience you will never forget!

Leave the water and head to The Nook on High, Echuca for a delicious breakfast designed around seasonal local produce - the perfect place to start your day of food, wine and quality time. After breakfast, grab a takeaway coffee and wander down to the Aquatic Reserve, Echuca. Sit on the grassy banks of the lake as you caffeinate and watch the morning pass you by, before making your way up to Riverboat Dock for your Wharf to Winery experience.


Afternoon

Spend a heavenly afternoon indulging in one of Echuca Moama’s most iconic experiences, Wharf to Winery. Your journey starts at Riverboat Dock, where you will board an historic paddlesteamer and cruise up the river to Morrisons Riverview Winery. As you disembark, you will make your way along the short bush trail to the winery. Savour a two course meal featuring locally farmed produce and wine tastings, overlooking the river and listening to the kookaburras, before your return paddlesteamer cruise back to Riverboat Dock.

Finish off the afternoon wandering the Echuca High Street and Port Precinct Food Trail, picking up some local delights from the Echuca Chocolate Company, Echuca Heritage Sweets, and the Mad Hatter Tea Shop.


Evening

After freshening up for the magical night that awaits, venture into High Street to contemporary eatery, Bar Lee at the Echuca Distillery. Order the ‘Feed Us’ menu, served grazing style down the middle of the table, and a tasting flight of gin, vodka or agave, all distilled onsite. Found a new favourite? Purchase a bottle to take with you and relive this experience again at home.

As darkness descends, it is time to experience the Port After Dark Lantern Tour. Starting at the Port of Echuca Discovery Centre, join your guide and journey back in time to the 1860s, uncovering the spirits of the Murray and the dark secrets of Echuca’s past. Explore hidden places as you hear stories of greed, murder and betrayal.


Day 3 - A Tale of Two Rivers

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Echuca Moama is where the rivers meet, and they form a huge part of our story. Today you will discover the Murray and Campaspe Rivers from all angles – on a riverside walk, dining with river views, learning their stories at the Port of Echuca Discovery Centre and Echuca Wharf, riding alongside them on a wine ride, and a twilight dining cruise to watch the sun go down.


Highlights
  • Scenic Drive Loop Walk, taking in the river junction and ancient indigenous sites
  • Port of Echuca Discovery Centre and Echuca Wharf
  • Green Pedal winery tour to St Anne’s Winery, Moama
  • MV Mary Ann twilight dinner cruise

Morning

Experience nature’s alarm clock on a sunrise walk around Echuca’s 6km Scenic Drive Loop Trail. Walk the river at golden hour, view the junction where the Murray and Campaspe Rivers meet, and witness ancient indigenous sites, such as scarred trees, shell middens and oven mounds.

Savour a riverside breakfast overlooking the Campaspe River in the quaint courtyard at The Black Pudding Café, Echuca, before wandering down to the Port of Echuca Discovery Centre to live the stories of Echuca’s riverboat days. Walk out onto the historic Echuca Wharf, and imagine what life was like when Echuca was one of the largest ports is Australia.


Afternoon

It’s time to relish and ride! Take a Green Pedal eBike winery tour from Echuca’s Aquatic Reserve, over the bridge and longside the Campaspe and Murray Rivers, through the vines, arriving at St Anne’s Winery in Moama. Enjoy wine tastings and purchase a local produce board to relish on the expansive lawns overlooking the lake, before your return ride home.


Evening

Tonight, we sail! Wine and dine on the water aboard luxury cruiser, the MV Mary Ann, as you watch the sun set over the Murray River. Experience local produce and wines, and soak in the views from the open deck.


 

Day 4 - The Journey Onwards

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Whether it’s time to go home or continue your journey onto your next stop, there’s no hurry to leave. While you’re in Echuca Moama, you’re still on river time! Enjoy a cruisey morning in town before exploring our region’s outdoor gallery. We hope to see you again soon!

 

Highlights

  • Echuca boutique shopping
  • Rochester and the Silo Art Trail
  • Heathcote wine region

 

Morning

Breakfast today is at Sweet Meadow, a vegan café in Echuca’s Port precinct that is housed in a renovated historic cottage. Sit inside or under the veranda overlooking the High Street and lush lawned laneway that takes you through the Port and to the Murray River.

After breakfast, it’s time for a boutique shopping experience. Wander Echuca’s heritage High Street, home to divine gift stores, beautiful boutiques, new and secondhand bookshops, historic bakeries, and even a cellar door. We know you will be surprised by the quality of shopping in Echuca.

As morning draws to an end, it’s time to wave goodbye to Echuca – but the adventures don’t end here! It’s time for one last road trip. As you head south, with the river and towering gums slowly disappearing in your rear view mirror, you will soon come to the charming town of Rochester, just 25km from Echuca.

Afternoon

As you enter Rochester, you will be greeted by some giant – yet friendly - faces. Stop at the towering GrainCorp Art Silos to take a closer look and the magnificent works created by renowned large-scale mural artist, Jimmy Dvate. The three painted silos feature endemically threatened wildlife species that are native to the local area – the azure kingfisher, wrist-winged squirrel glider and the duck-billed platypus.

Leave the car behind, because Rochester is best explored on foot. Wander towards the Gillies and Moore Street intersection and view the stunning wood carvings, before turning down Moore Street to visit Mural Park, where you can marvel at some of the 30+ painted murals that are located throughout Rochester. Mural Park showcases some of the winning murals from the Rochester Mural Festival, which is held annually in March. Head back towards Gillies Street and discover Iddles Lane, where you will learn the story of Rochester local legend, the highly respected former Victorian homicide detective, Ron Iddles.

It’s now time for lunch, and there is one grand old building that you must visit! Dine at the historic Shamrock Hotel, one of the best pub meals in the region, and soak up the country hospitality in this beautiful late Victorian stunner.

 

Where the journey takes you…

If you’re travelling home towards Melbourne, you can travel from Rochester to Colbinabbin to view its magnificent six-silo masterpiece from the Colbinabbin Art Silos viewing platform. You are now just minutes away from the world-renowned Heathcote wine region. Why not visit one of the contemporary cellar doors? Shiraz Republic in Cornella, Silver Spoon Estate in Mt Camel, and Tellurian Wines, Peregrine Ridge, Domaine Asmara and Heathcote II in Toolleen are all 10-20 minutes drive from the silos. Experience local wines and produce at its best. Be sure to check websites for opening hours.

If you’re heading north, drive back towards the Murray River and follow your nose from there.

We hope we have been able to fill a small piece of your heart, and that we see you again soon when the river next calls. You will know when it is time.

 

     

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