One of the loveliest towns in rural Victoria, Echuca is the state's paddle-steamer capital and a classic Murray River town, bursting with history, nostalgia and, of course, riverboats. Echuca lies within the traditional boundaries of the Bangerang people, and the Aboriginal name translates as ‘meeting of the waters’. It's here that three great rivers meet: the Goulburn, the Campaspe and the Murray.
In the 1800s Echuca was an important crossing point between NSW and Victoria, and the ensuing river trade and transport ensured its success.
The highlight of Echuca is unquestionably its historic port area and the rivers themselves, best enjoyed on a riverboat cruise or a sunset stroll as cockatoos and corellas screech overhead. Some good cafes, restaurants and a new craft distillery are all combining to also boost the town's foodie credentials.