Paddlesteamers and river cruises
Steam into the past with a trip with Murray River Paddlesteamers, hearing about the Murray River town’s past as the ‘paddle steamer capital’. Lunch and dinner tours, as well as trips to a local winery and overnight cruises, are available.
Wineries and breweries
Overlook acres of wine and the Murray River at Morrisons Riverview Winery Restaurant and Brewery. Arriving by paddle steamer when you take a Wharf to Winery tour, settle in for a long lunch on the deck, while the kids tire themselves out at the playground.
Back in town, there’s a series of creative spirits and beer recipes to try out at Echuca Distillery and Café. From Hot Cross Bun Gin Liqueur to Philadelphia Hibiscus Rose, the extra-inventive tasting boards can be enjoyed with an antipasti plate.
Stop off at the dog-friendly St Annes Winery Cellar Door in Echuca to try drops by local winemakers. Housed in what was once a carriage builder’s workshop, today the walls are lined with heritage barrels filled with port.
As well as taking a paddle steamer, there is lots to do with kids at Echuca Moama. Head to Billabong Ranch to take a ride on their horse-drawn carriages, have a pony ride or do the multitude of activities available at the Billabong Fun Park.
Come summer, the Aqua Island Moama is inflated on a freshwater lake. Jumping from one floating obstacle to another above the water, you’ll soon be having more fun than the kids.
Tours for Echuca
Take a two-hour eco-tour into the River Red Gum Forest with Kingfisher Cruises, going on board the MV Kingfisher deep into Barmah National Park. While sailing through the narrow Barmah Choke, the certified eco guide will tell you stories about some of the hundreds of flora and fauna that are in the areas, as well as the Barmah Wetlands and Forest’s significance to the local Yorta Yorta Indigenous people.