Things to Do in Echuca
Planning your visit to Echuca Moama – there’s so many things to do!
If you’re planning a trip to Echuca Moama you’re sure to be considering what to do when you arrive! There’s lots of things to do in Echuca, and there’s also some great places to visit in the region. Here is a list of activities and attractions, and places to eat, drink and enjoy! You can’t beat holiday tips from locals!
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Bike Riding & Scenic Walks
1. Green Pedal E-bike Hire, Bike Hire and Guided Cycling Tours
Echuca Moama has beautiful river scenery and one of the best things to do when you visit Echuca is to hire a bike and explore. There’s also many Echuca Moama attractions that you can ride to on a bike!
Green Pedal Cycles has E-bikes for hire, including 2 hour hire, half day hire, full day hire and multi day hire. Standard push bikes are also available. Bike hire includes use of helmet, bike lock and a complimentary map. Tour guide David will help you plan a self guided tour of Echuca Moama, and also offers guided tours on a Monday, Friday and Saturday.
2. Banuyle State Forest – ride or walk
The Banuyle State Forest provides kilometres of walking and cycling tracks and trails. Escape into nature and enjoy the 360 degree nature views! Ride or walk. Maps are available from the Echuca Visitor Information Centre, which is a great place to start your ride or walk. Read more about favourite places to ride in Echuca Moama.
3. Moama Mountain Bike Track
4. Stand-Up Paddle
Echuca Moama has two Stand Up Paddle Board operators – Echuca SUP and Emu Outdoors. Stand Up Padding Boarding (SUP) is a great way to spend a couple of hours. It’s relaxing and a lot of fun, paddling down the river, enjoying the river sights and sounds of the birds.
5. Water-Ski on the Murray
Echuca Moama is home to Brett Sands Watersports. Brett is a world champion bare foot water skier and for many years has operated a ski school. You can book ½ or full day lessons with Brett Sands.
6. Canoe Hire
You will find Canoe Hire located near the Victoria Park Boat Ramp in Echuca. Great family fun!
Family Fun and kid friendly activities
7. Billabong Ranch
Billabong Ranch, located on the corner of Tehan and Glanville Road, just outside of Echuca, has fun things to do, inside and outside for the whole family.
Activities include horse riding, camel rides, indoor rock climbing wall, table tennis, outdoor ten pin bowling and more.
Open 6 days a week during school holidays, and on Saturdays outside of holiday time. Call ahead to check opening times. 03 5483 5122.
8. Mini Golf
Rich River Golf Club has a fabulous mini-golf course. All equipment is provided, and bookings are not required. This is a perfect holiday activity for all ages. Open 8 am – 10 pm, 7 days per week. Rich River Golf club also serve delicious meals.
9. Barefoot Bowls
10. Twisted Science
Science at play! A fun experience for the curious. Visitors say the Augmented Reality Climbing Wall is one of the best and most fun experiences at Twisted.
School term: open Wednesday – Sunday. 3 session times (1.5 hours each) 10:00-11:30am, 12:30-2:00pm, 2:30-4:00pm.
School Holidays: open every day. 3 session times (1.5 hours each) 10:00-11:30am, 12:30-2:00pm, 2:30-4:00pm.
Bookings are essential at Twisted Science.
11. Flash Fairlane Limo tour
A limo Tour in a “Flash Fairlane” is sure to create special holiday memories. For just $55 (June 2022), enjoy a 20 minute cruise for up to 4 people, in a magnificently maintained classic 1959 Ford Fairlane.
12. Golf Driving Range
Experience Rich River Golf Club’s 17 bay driving range, an efficient and affordable way to practice your golf swing, in a relaxed and friendly environment.
Open 7 days a week from 6am until late. Closed on Mondays from 6am – 8am.
Paddlesteamers and History of the Murray River region
13. Port of Echuca Discovery Centre
If you enjoy history, a visit to the Echuca Port of Discovery Centre is well worth putting on your to do list. The history of the paddlesteamer days and river trade is fascinating. With free entry, this is something you can’t miss.
14. Book a Paddlesteamer cruise
A paddlesteamer cruise on the Murray, is one of the most popular attractions in Echuca Moama. There are several different options to choose from, including:
- Echuca Paddlesteamers
- Murray River Paddlesteamers
Book a cruise on the PS Canberra, and enjoy the captain’s commentary and river views.
The PS Canberra 1 hour day cruise gives passengers a glimpse of the redgums and wildlife. Children are also encouraged to have a go steering the 108 year old paddlesteamer and are awarded with a free skippers certificate on completion of the cruise. The regular cruise schedule is Wednesday to Sunday from 10.15am, 11.30 am, 1.15pm and 2.30 pm.
A cruise on one of Echuca’s paddlesteamers is a great way to also learn of some of the early history of Echuca Moama.
15. MV Maryann Lunch cruises
Two hour lunch cruises operate at 12 noon on Thursdays and Fridays. Alternatively enjoy a 1.5 hour lunch cruise on the weekends. Bookings are essential.
16. Echuca National Holden Museum
The Echuca National Holden Museum is fantastic display of Holden vehicles. It’s a great collection of Aussie Holden history, and is open 7 days a week.
17. Great Aussie Beer Shed and Heritage Farm Museum
Echuca’s Great Aussie Beer Shed and Heritage Farm museum is an amazing collection of memorabilia. Rated on TripAdvisor as Echuca’s #1 Attraction, put this on your list. The Beer Shed is located in Maryann Road Echuca. Open weekends and School Holidays, or by appointment. Host, Neil Thomas will ensure you have a memorable and entertaining time.
18. Guided Electric Bike Tour
A Green Pedal E-Bike tour is a great way to combine a little bit of easy exercise, with learning about some of the local insights, past and present. Options include the 90 minute Echuca Scenic Tour, or allow up to 3 hours for the Echuca Bike To Winery Tour which includes complimentary wine tasting at St Anne’s Winery in Moama. Don’t miss this authentic local experience. Suitable for couples, groups and solo travellers.
Coffee, Food and Wine
If you’re in Echuca for a week or two you will be able to try out the many cafes, restaurants and wineries. If you’re only visiting for a weekend, it’s going to be a hard decision!
Echuca’s Best Coffee
19. Our favourite Coffee locations
Our favourite cafes that serve excellent coffee include:
- Johnny and Lyle – High Street Echuca
- Three Black Sheep – Pericoota Road Moama
- The Sweet Meadow – High Street Echuca
- BYL – Nish Street Echuca
- Fuzion – Pakenham Street Echuca
- Murray River Tea Rooms – Meninya Street Moama
- Hammond Providore – Meninya Street Moama
- The Odd Captain – High Street Echuca
Echuca’s Best Restaurants, Pubs and Clubs
20. Local tips for dinner dining
Echuca has an excellent choice of dinner options. Here is a list of our favourites!
- OPA (Greek)
- Sunago (Greek)
- Junction (Fine Dining – over 18’s)
- The Mill
- The Star
21. Pub Meals in Echuca
If you prefer a pub meal our Echuca favourites are
- The Shamrock
- The American
- The Caledonian
- The Echuca
Across the border is Moama’s only pub, the Border Inn which is very popular with locals and tourists.
22. Club Meals
There’s plenty of choice in Echuca Moama. Casual, hearty and affordable dining options are available at
- The Echuca Workers Club – Annesley Street Echuca
- Rich River Golf Club – 24 Lane Moama
- Moama Bowling Club – Blair Street Moama
- Moama RSL – Merool Lane Moama
Echuca Moama Wineries and Cellar Doors
23. Echuca Wine Tasting and Wine Tours
Visiting wineries, distilleries and breweries are favourite holiday activities. We recommend visiting St Anne’s Winery Moama by E-bike. You can hire a bike or join the Green Pedal Bike to Winery E-bike Tour. Enjoy two experiences in one!
- St Anne’s in Echuca and Moama
- Morrisons Winery
- Bar Lee
- Bandicoot Brewery
Within half an hour you can also visit:
- Cape Horn Vineyard
- The Old School Winery
- Restdown Winery
- Carriages Vineyard – unique accommodation nestled within a vineyard
Ice-cream and Lollies – Sweet Treats in Echuca and surrounds
24. Echuca Heritage Sweet Company
Echuca’s Heritage Sweet Company is sure to delight the young and old! Located at 606 High Street Echuca, this grand shop will take you back to your childhood days. Open 7 days a week.
25. Curlios – Lockington
Ciurleo’s in Lockington (20 minute drive from Echuca) is an ice-cream and waffle house. Open Wednesday – Sunday.
26. The best ice-cream in Echuca Moama
No holiday is complete without an ice-cream or two! The Echuca Port Ice-Creamery, located in High Street Echuca has the best ice-cream in town, and a substantial choice of flavours. We have it on good authority that the owner’s favourite flavour is “Stairway to Heaven”.
Explore Echuca Moama on an Electric Bike
27. E-bike Hire, Bike Hire and Cycling Tours
Echuca Moama has beautiful river scenery and one of the best things to do when you visit Echuca is to jump on a bike and explore. Green Pedal Cycles has E-bikes for hire, including 2 hour hire, half day hire, full day hire and multi day hire. E-biking is great fun and is growing in popularity all over the world. Standard push bikes are also available. Bike hire includes use of helmet, bike lock and a complimentary map.
Your Tour guide David will help you plan a self guided tour of Echuca Moama, and also offers guided tours on a Monday, Friday and Saturday. Ask David to stop at the Ice-Creamery! Plan a day and explore the best attractions in Echuca Moama by bike. We can guarantee you won’t be short of things to do and see!
Day trips and half day trips from Echuca
28. Rochester Silos and other attractions
Rochester is a delightful town on the Campaspe River, 20 minutes, Melbourne side of Echuca. Take a short drive to see the stunning Silos at 18 Ramsey Street Rochester. Jimmy D’Vate, one of Australia’s well known mural artists painted the Azure King Fisher and the Squirrel Glider in July 2018. These are local threatened species. More recently, December 2021, he painted a third silo featuring the Duck-Billed Platypus, which is also an endemically threatened species.
While in Rochester visit Iddles Lane, to view a sepia toned mural of the former Detective Ron Iddles and his family. Detective Iddles had an outstanding conviction rate of 99%.
29. Kyabram Fauna Park
Kyabram is a short 25 minute drive from Echuca, and is the home of Victoria’s newest accredited zoo, the Kyabram Fauna Park. Open 7 days a week from 10am – 5pm, this is an experience that can be enjoyed by the whole family.
30. Cactus Country
Cactus Country, located in Strathmerton Victoria, is about an hour’s drive from Echuca Moama. This unique (award winning) tourist attraction is Australia’s largest Cactus garden and is open Wednesday to Sunday from 10am – 5pm. It’s a great place to capture amazing photos, and fun fact – you can bring your dog! Enjoy a little piece of Mexico on the Murray!
31. The Depot – Deniliquin
Deniliquin is less than an hour’s drive from Echuca Moama, on the Cobb Highway. The Depot is an impressive collection of historic vehicles and memorabilia. Open 7 days a week from 10am – 4pm. Highly recommended!
And there’s many more things to do in Echuca Moama:
32. More things to do in Echuca – check out the Echuca Visitor Information Centre
The Echuca Visitor Information Centre is open 7 days a week, and they have a fabulous informative website. And, the friendly staff and volunteers are always very obliging. Not only do they help with accommodation bookings, but they will also help you plan your days, with many things to do, to maximise a memorable holiday experience in Echuca Moama.
Where is Echuca?
Echuca is located an easy 2½ hour drive from Melbourne, and a similar distance from Albury. Echuca is a border town – just across the river is the delightful town Moama NSW. You can travel by train from Melbourne to Echuca. There’s plenty of accommodation in walking distance from the train station.
If you haven’t heard of Echuca before you might be wondering how you pronounce it! So here you go – “Eee- Choo- Ka”.
Why is Echuca famous?
Echuca is most famous for the Murray River, Paddlesteamers, Houseboat Holidays and water skiing. It is also well known for it’s amazing weather, fabulous cafes and restaurants and wineries. And, there are lovely boutique retail stores – clothing, shoes, giftware, book stores and more, that makes the town a great holiday destination.