Echuca Tourism & Travel
The town of Echuca, population 10 000, was the Victorias most substantial inland river port. It is its history that has become the basis for the town's reorientation as a tourism centre. Echuca is located in a largely irrigated pastoral and agricultural district. There is some manufacturing and stock saleyards in town but tourism is the main industry now.
Echuca began in 1853 when an ex-convict saw the need for a river ferry at the Echuca crossing.
In 1864, when the railway from Melbourne finally reached Echuca, it became Australias largest inland port.
Today, Echuca still feels like a step back in time. The port features horse-drawn carriages, paddle steamers and old-fashioned timber mills. The proud old red gum wharf has been restored and is still in use.
The Riverboats, Jazz, Food and Wine Festival is held in February, as well as the water ski race from Torrumbarry to Echuca. The Rotary Steam, Horse and Vintage Rally is held on the Queen's Birthday weekend in June, the Port of Echuca Steam Heritage Festival is held in October and the Agricultural Show is held in November.
Approximately 30 kilometres, 18.8 miles, upstream from Echuca is Barmah Forest, the largest red gum forest in the world. The 300 year old river red gums and the important Aboriginal sites within the forest will fill you with awe.