Echuca is one of Australia's finest heritage sites, attracting visitors from all over the world every year. With its historic wharf and colonial-era architecture, the city has an appearance like no other - a perfectly preserved window into the past, not to mention home to the largest Paddle Steamer fleet in the world. Across the Murray river is also the twin town of Moama, which also offers a huge amount to see and do, including great places to eat, live music festivals and fantastic night spots. Of course there’s also some incredible natural attractions on offer, with several national parks in the vicinity, as well as the river itself.
Echuca is a historic town and accommodation is limited in comparison to some of Australia’s better known tourist destinations. However, there is still a good selections on offer. The type of accommodation you choose will of course depend on the nature of your trip, but those making an extended stay in Echuca may be best suited to serviced apartments. These properties offer many of the benefits of a traditional hotel, but have the added advantage of full kitchen facilities, making them perfect for those looking to self-cater a longer trip. Thesqua.re present a range of properties in the area, each having been selected for its high standard of interior furnishing, the desirability of its location, and its range of modern conveniences.
Echuca is an ideal destination for those who enjoy living history. There are plenty of cafes, bars and restaurants set in unique architectural delights, with each place offering its own unique story. For first-time visitors, simply walking around the unique town is an attraction in itself - as they are unlikely to have ever visited a place like Echuca.
The town is also the perfect place from which to explore the diverse history of the wider region. With the historic port also being home to several museums dedicated to Echuca’s development as well as its role in the local economy over the years. The great thing about Echuca is how easy it is to marry the historic and the modern - even a trip out for lunch can feature old-world paddle steamers and historic dockland buildings.
But Echuca isn’t all history - it has its modern areas too, where visitors can enjoy adventure sports, such as canoeing, water skiing or paintballing. Those seeking adventure can even arrange a horse-riding excursion to explore the local wildlife and natural landscapes, including the Fauna park and nearby natural wetlands. Whilst Echuca may not have the big city lights of larger Australian cities, its unique charm and historic architecture have seen it emerge as a popular excursion for anyone visiting New South Wales.
There are plenty of great places to eat in Echuca, with numerous local specialties on offers, as well as international cuisine. The Mill Echuca is a Rustic-chic establishment housed in a former flour mill, serving a range of contemporary Australian cuisine, whilst Bruburger and Monkee and Co offer grillhouse style cuisine in a more casual setting. For something a little more exotic, there’s Lucky House Chinese Restaurant, The River Thai or Sunago.
Whilst Echuca cannot claim to be one of Australia's major shopping destinations, it does have plenty to offer those seeking to pick up regular items, such as clothing and groceries, as well as several specialist stores. The Reject Shop Echuca is a quirky department store that sells homeware, soft furnishings and electronics goods, whilst Riverina Leisure Wear and Fearless Echuca are great places to pick up sports clothing. Most of the retails are concentrated on or around Hare Street, in the town centre.
Echuca is an attraction in itself, with its unique facades and old world architecture. The town is also famous for its waterways and Murray River Paddlesteamers Echuca provide trips on some stunning examples of the iconic leisure boats. An ideal complement to a boat trip is a visit to the Port of Echuca Discovery Centre,which has interactive exhibits detailing the development of the town and its port. For more inland attractions, Billabong Carriages offer tours of the area in colonial-era horse drawn carriages.
Echuca is a fairly compact town, with most of the attractions localised in the centre, so it’s easy enough to get around on foot or by bicycle. However, for longer journeys there’s a comprehensive bus service operating in the town, as well as a railway service providing services towards Melbourne and Bendigo. There are also numerous taxi and private hire firms operating locally, as well as water taxis and a ferry service running across to Moama.
Tourism is the main industry in Echuca, contributing some $250 million a year to the local economy. There are numerous tour operators in the town, including M.V. Mary Ann Cruising, Helloworld Travel Echuca and Echuca Paddlesteamers. Agriculture also plays an important role, with CLAAS Harvest Centre and Elders being large-scale employers.
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