Echuca is an idyllic location along the majestic Murray River perfect for a weekend getaway.

The town was the centre of the river trade in the late 1800s, and the tradition continues, as new generations of skippers take the original paddle-steamers out on the river for pleasure cruises.

Sailing on a paddle-steamer along the Murray River, observing the riverbank trees casting shadows over the boat and the sun glinting off the water, you could be forgiven for thinking Echuca is paradise.

Back on dry land, you can spend a day packed with things to see and do in the Port of Echuca precinct. Check out Sharp’s Magic Movie House and Penny Arcade, with its rare collection of old gaming machines, and the Echuca Heritage Sweet Company, where you’ll find a huge array of tempting homemade sweets. 

 Let the kids run wild at the Golden Cow Dairy Centre in Tongala where visitors can enter the pens and pat the calves and lambs.

Echuca, Victoria, 3564

Getting there

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Closest station/stop

To access Echuca using V/Line services, visitors can take a direct train from Melbourne to Echuca, or catch a train from Melbourne to Bendigo, then catch a connecting coach to Echuca. The journey takes around 3.5 hours.

Echuca Station is an easy 15 minute walk from the town centre and historic Port of Echuca on the Murray River. There is also a taxi rank at the station and local bikes are available for hire from the town centre or the Port of Echuca.

V/Line also offers train and bus services linking Echuca with other towns around Victoria.

Plan your trip there using our journey planner tool.

Local Transport

Echuca Station is serviced by local buses.

Check the PTV website for more information.


Try this weekend itinerary:


Head to the Port of Echuca precinct and take a one hour tour on a paddle-steamer, then join a walking tour around the port area. Stroll up Hare Street and Warren Street, and take in the old-time ice-creamery, lolly shops, antique stores and second-hand book shops.

Spend a few hours in the wilderness around Victoria Park, located between the Murray River and Campaspe River at the far end of the port precinct.

Try one of the great restaurants in Echuca for a meal at the end of a busy day.


Take a trip out of town, to the Golden Cow Dairy Centre at Tongala where the kids can play with the animals in the farmyard. Swing by the National Holden Motor Museum, to see the biggest collection of the iconic Australian cars in Australia.