Echuca is a port town funny enough, not the aperitif type, but an inland port and was once the largest inland port in Australia. Known as The Historic Port of Echuca, the precinct is an authentic working steam port and home to Australia’s largest fleet of steam-driven paddle steamers.
The Murray river stretches an awesome 2560 kilometres starting in the High Country of NSW. I have actually straddled the mighty Murray at its source with one foot in either each state (Victoria & NSW) at Cowombat Flat (it takes a days walking to get to this source spot). At this point it is less than a metre wide.
The Murray makes up much of the boarder of these two States before finishing at the sea in South Australia. Echuca is only 216 kilometres from Melbourne’s CBD making it easily accessible for day trips, however an overnight stay is highly recommended.
ACA member, River Village Motel & Holiday Units is situated close to the river and a short distance from the hustle and bustle of the border towns of Echuca and Moama. Built some 30 odd years ago it consists of 17 neat self-contained units with a minimum of five beds per unit.
One of these units has a purpose built and rather large disability bathroom. Other facilities and activities include recreation hall, playground, swimming pool, undercover BBQ area and hut building is nearby.
Of course one of the main reasons for coming to Echuca is to soak up the history of the river and a must do is a ride on an historic paddle steamer on the Murray.