The Forte travel guide brings to you this week, a must-see destination up north; Echuca and Moama. Bordering the centre of the Murray River, summer holidays are set with a trip up here.
Central to the Murray River are twin towns Echuca and Moama; the perfect destination for a romantic trip, family getaway, or even for a bush adventure. Surrounded by iconic red gum forests and charming country towns, the towns are abundant with historic stories waiting to be uncovered. From a history dating back to 1865, Echuca and Moama are rich with sights, smells, taste, accommodation, and activities. Read on with this edition of the Forte travel guide.
It would be rude not to begin your trip upon one of the iconic paddle steamers and cruise along the river. Witness the authentic, vintage steam engines in operation for adventures of one hour, or two. Luxurious paddle steamers are available for bookings also, with the PS Hero offering packages for corporate events or even weddings, as well as the MV Mary Ann Cruising Restaurant catering for a luxurious dining experience upon the water. Bookings for both the regular cruises, as well as the exclusive restaurant vessel can be made here.
Water activities & Aqua Island
Stay on the water and swim, ski, paddleboard, kayak, canoe, boat, or cruise along the waterways with a heap of hire options available here. Or check out the Aqua Island; an obstacle course floating on the water where you can truly test your ninja warrior skills.
Brunch or lunch calls for some classic, casual dining at the Beechworth Bakery, serving up great coffee and delectable cakes and pastries with warm, personalised service. Located in the heart of Echuca, the bakery offers all-day breakfast, a variety of classic meat pies, a deli sandwich bar, and a heap of gluten-free, dairy-free, vegetarian, or vegan options.
For something a little more substantial, BruBurger serves up beef patties made from free-range, grass-fed wagyu beef with a marbling grade of 9+. With the meat cooked to your liking, there are ten, mouth-watering beef burger options, three chicken burgers, a seafood option, or even two vegetarian burger options. Be sure to check out BruBurger, located on the main street of Echuca by the river.
Chanter Estate Winery & Military Museum
Afternoons call for some artistic adventuring, and Echuca is filled with options. The Chanter Estate Winery & Military Museum is set in a 100-year-old church building transformed into a tasting bar and cellar door, presenting a large, historical commercial and military vehicle display. Open on weekends and holidays, tours are available to soak up the rich history of the town, with a wine in hand of course.
Whistlestop Studio Gallery
The Whistlestop Studio Gallery is located on the historical Port of Echuca and is a working studio gallery presenting artwork in all mediums, styles, and subject matter. Check out work local to the area in a heritage-listed railway station building and artistically see the beauty of the region, perhaps even making a purchase whilst you’re at it.
Bottle and Brush Art Classes
Feeling inspired? The Bottle and Brush Art Classes allow you to experience art, creativity, great wine, divine food, and awesome company. Canvases, paints, brushes, easels, guidance, and encouragement are all supplied.
It would be offensive not to include the Shamrock Hotel in this list. With 101 parmi options (as well as other classic pub meals), this pub is known for its classic Irish vibe and delicious chicken topping variations. Located in the heart of Echuca’s historic precinct, ensure you take the time to select a parmi for dinner or even a chicken-y dessert delight.
Morrison’s Riverview Winery & Restaurant
A succinct appreciation for food and wine can be found in the regions delicious Morrison’s Riverview Winery & Restaurant. Every seat in the restaurant presents a view of the vineyard and Murray River, the magical environment coupled with an outstanding quality of food and service. Dine-in or enjoy the Wharf to Winery Cruise Package upon the paddle steamer cruise to and from the restaurant with a two-course meal, with bookings essential.
Morning Glory River Resort
With a heap of caravan holiday parks on offer for your stay, the Morning Glory River Resort in Moama is perfect for a serene Murray River getaway. Family and pet-friendly, the resort is central to the river and townships, as well as plenty of free resort facilities such as a swimming pool, tennis court, golf, playground and games room, and a boat ramp. Camping facilities are available also, but booking are essential and can be made here.
Madison Spa Resort
Stay at the Madison Spa Resort and treat yourself to a variety of day spa therapy packages, dine at the resort restaurant, before resting in one of their many, luxurious suites on offer. With eight rooms styles on offer, be sure to book a packaged experience here.
Without a doubt, Echuca and Moama is a gorgeous, in-land destination awaiting your next escape. Find out more about these gorgeous townships here.