Outback Towns


Echuca is a town located on the banks of the Murray River at the junction of the Murray and Campaspe, just downstream from the Goulburn River, just across the river from the New South Wales border town of Moama.

About Echuca

An Aboriginal name, Echuca means "Meeting of the Waters" indicative of the town’s position on the water.

Echuca is Australia’s Paddle Steamer capital and was once a thriving river port city. The Port is home to the largest Paddle Steamer fleet in the world, which includes the world's oldest surviving wooden hulled paddle boat, the 1866 built PS Adelaide. The heyday of paddle steamers and river trade has left a historic legacy to Echuca on which much of its heritage is built upon.

You can explore the old Port of Echuca which serves as a great viewing deck of the Murray River and surrounding bush. As well as the wharf, the port features a museum, historic buildings, equipment displays, demonstrations and cruises on authentic paddle steamers.

See the lively paddlewheelers and working steam engines. Experience the mighty Murray River on a river cruise, or rent a houseboat in Echuca. The river is home to a constant stream of houseboats, providing an alternative type of accommodation for tourists.


  • ATM
  • Fuel
  • Airport
  • Hospital
  • Medical Centre
  • Chemist
  • Dump Point
  • Groceries
  • Mechanical Repairs