Echuca is located on the Murray River at the border of Victoria and New South Wales and is a town rich in history, much of which can still be seen today. Home to the historical Port of Echuca
, which was one of Australia's largest inland river ports which for many years was the main ship-building centre for the river transport industry. Today, several paddle steamers cruise along the Murray River delivering a thriving tourist trade. You can take a ride on the historic PS Pevensey, built in 1910 in nearby Moama and still containing its original steam engine. This ship featured as 'The Philadelphia' in the 1980s television mini-series 'All the Rivers Run' featuring Sigrid Thornton and John Waters.
The Port of Echuca contains many original buildings including pubs, a blacksmith and a brothel. The authenticity of the area is completed by the dirt road through the precinct, giving you the feeling of taking a step back in time. Explore the Discovery Centre to learn about the history of the area with educational displays as well as historical items from the area. Of an evening you can take a ghost tour with a local tour guide who will tell you about the history of the port as well as take you into areas of historic buildings which the general public wouldn't normally have access to.
Echuca makes a great getaway destination as there are attractions for any age. Both adults and children will enjoy a paddle steamer ride, some of which offer great lunch and dinner experiences. There is also a Holden museum which is well worth a visit where you can learn a bit about the history of the Holden as well as see an amazing range of classic Holdens. Spend a lazy afternoon wandering through the shops in the Port of Echuca which will delight both young and old. Don't forget to visit the shopping area in the town of Echuca where you will find a diverse range of shops such as a handmade chocolate shop, a candle shop, the Mad Hatter's tea shop, and many cafes.