Take in the Murray River's historic charm in Echuca Moama, Australia's paddle steamer capital. Steeped in heritage, the twin towns are home to the world's largest fleet of operating riverboats as well as fine-dining restaurants and an array of water sports.
Old world charm
Named after the Aboriginal word for 'meeting of the waters', the Port of Echuca was originally one of the busiest on the Murray. Today, the whistles of the paddle steamers still ring out as restored steamers travel in and out of the old port precinct.
Wander through the red gum walkways towards the Discovery Centre and learn about Echuca's rich local history. Take a river cruise aboard an authentic paddle steamer and imagine the bustling riverine trade routes of old. Day and overnight cruises will keep both the young and old entertained.
Hop back on dry land and stroll through the Echuca wharf and Murray Esplanade where heritage buildings house lively shops and cafes, including the 1864 Star Hotel with its underground escape tunnel.
In the mix
It's not just all about historic sights either. The vibrant town hosts one of the world's biggest water ski festivals, the Southern 80. And check out the Riverboats Music Festival, which takes place under river red gums in a natural riverside amphitheatre. Paddle steamers meander past all weekend while corellas chime in to the music at sunset, making the perfect conditions for a dance party in the bush.
Take advantage of some of the best dining experiences the Murray has to offer. Savour the contemporary regional menu at Morrison's and Ceres Echuca, or fill up on stateside pub grub at the American Hotel. Keep the good times rolling at friendly country pubs, traditional bakeries and chic wine bars.
Rent a houseboat and spend the nights relaxing on the water, soaking up the year-round Mediterranean climate. Cool off with a swim, reel in a fish or see the sights on a boating trip. If golf is more your thing, work on your swing at the Rich River Golf Club Resort.