The small, river town of Echuca in Victoria is a must-visit on any tour of the Murray River. There’s truly something for everyone, from history buffs to gourmands.
Get a sense of how Echuca must have been in 1870, when it was a bustling port, at the Port of Echuca Discovery Centre. The centre offers amazing insight into Australia’s pioneering days, including the great red gum wharf, which one stretched more than 400 metres.
Echuca was also the main shipbuilding centre for riverboats, and you can experience that history on one of the paddle steamer cruises on offer. Choose from a short jaunt, lunch or dinner cruises, or even overnight cruises up and down the river.
If you’re a beer or wine lover, Echuca won’t disappoint. Start off with some history of Australian brewing at The Great Aussie Beer Shed. The ‘Shed’ houses an incredible array of historical brewing equipment and general Australian memorabilia. You’re sure to leave with new knowledge of Australia.
Feeling thirsty yet? Check out Bandicoot Brewing, an award-winning craft brewery. The beers are excellent and the tasting platter of nine brews is highly-recommended. You’ll find everything from lagers and pale ales to darker varieties. The owners are very friendly and knowledgeable, and you can even BYO food.
If wine’s more your speed, head to St Anne’s Winery for a tasting. The standout is their selection of tawny wines. There’s also a cafe and gift shop with items made out of old wine barrels.
Cape Horn Vineyard is a 15-minute drive out of town but worth the effort to get there. Situated on the banks of the river, it’s a relaxing day out with delicious wood-fired pizzas on offer, which you can eat sitting under the trees.
Chocolate lovers can indulge to their heart’s content at the Echuca Chocolate Company. Everything in the shop is homemade from high quality chocolate, and tastings are encouraged. Highlights are the chocolate covered coffee beans and the rocky road. They also make delicious chocolate liqueurs. The chocolate orange and white chocolate liqueurs are particularly popular.
If you’re visiting with kids, the Strawberry Pick is a must stop. The farm offers a fun pick-your-own strawberry experience and kids will love hunting for the ripest berries. You can also just buy a punnet or two, as well as other strawberry products.
RACQ Travel can help you plan your next Australian holiday. Contact one of our friendly travel consultants on 1300 096 166.