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What to do in Echuca Moama: 3-day Itinerary

Wondering what to do in Echuca Moama? Here are the must-do activities for your mid-week or long weekend stay.

Echuca Moama are twin towns located along the Murray River. Surrounded by nature, including red gum forests, Echuca Moama is the perfect location for a mid-week or long weekend stay. The river provides plenty of activities to keep you busy, from cruising on a paddle steamer to kayaking. You can also explore the wine region, visit the chocolate factory, take in the history of the area, or adventure on local hikes and cycling trails! There is plenty of activities to keep you busy in this area.

Wondering how far is Echuca from Melbourne? Echuca Moama is only a short 2 hour and 40-minute drive from Melbourne, making it an easy destination for a long weekend or mid-week stay.

Planning a holiday to Echuca Moama? Here is a 3-day itinerary to help you explore everything the area has to offer.

Day 1: Welcome to Echuca Moama

Arrive in the Echuca Moama region by car, bus, or train and check in to your accommodation.

Where to stay in Echuca Moama?

Tasman Holiday Parks – Moama on the Murray is a great accommodation option to kickstart your adventure in the Echuca Moama region. Moama on the Murray sits on 34 hectares of bushland along the Murray River, on the traditional land of the Yorta Yorta people. Enjoy the resort style swimming pool, pool loungers, BBQs, and kids activities.

Moama on the Murray has accommodation options to suit all travelers. Check out the Talo Glamping Tent for a unique nature experience, or maybe a Premium Villa is more your style. Whatever option you choose, you’ll love waking up to the serene bushland setting and picturesque nature all around you!

Tasman Holiday Parks – Merool on the Murray is another popular accommodation option to stay in Echuca Moama. With 1.5 kilometers of Murray River frontage, Merool on the Murray provides easy access for swimming, fishing, boating, and other water activities. This park also has a private boat ramp for guests to use during their stay – so if you want accommodation that’s close to the Murray River, this is the place for you!

Merool on the Murray offers a lagoon style pool surrounded by palm trees, a fully enclosed camp kitchen and BBQs, jumping pillow, giant chess and more. Choose from a variety of cabin accommodation options, or set up your caravan or tent on one of our powered sites. If you are looking for a caravan park in Echuca Moama, be sure to check out Tasman Holiday Parks – Merool on the Murray!

Check out the Echuca Chocolate Factory and Port of Echuca Discovery Centre.

The Murray River Moama Paddle Steamer

In the afternoon, visit the Echuca Chocolate Factory for a sweet treat. Situated in the old Echuca Port precinct, the Echuca Chocolate Factory is a short stroll from the heart of Echuca. Here you can enjoy delicious handmade chocolates, made using only the best quality ingredients and Belgian chocolate. They stock a range of chocolates, boiled sweets, hampers and chocolate liqueurs – the perfect souvenir to take home with you!

While you’re in the area, visit the old Echuca Port and stroll down the river to the Port of Echuca Discovery Centre. The Port of Echuca was the third largest port in Australia in the 1870s and stepping inside will give you a glimpse into life in the 1800s. The Port also offers daily paddlesteamer tours and river cruises. These iconic paddlesteamers are a must-do while you are in Echuca Moama!

Finish off the day with some food and drink at The Mill. The Mill is a contemporary Australian cuisine restaurant, and is situated in an 1800’s building that once housed Echuca’s iconic flour mill. Offering delicious food and a range of beverages from around the world, this is the perfect spot to end your day exploring! Echuca Moama also boasts plenty of other food spots to explore.

Day 2: Explore the Murray River

The Murray River is perfect for swimming, fishing, kayaking and more.

Canoeing on the Murray

One of the highlights in the Echuca Moama is the Murray River, providing plenty of water activities to enjoy during your stay. On day 2, it’s time to make the most of the Murray and enjoy some activities on the river. Go on a cruise, grab the fishing rods, hire a canoe, or go on a guided safari. Whether you want a bit of adventure, a relaxed day, or a mix of both, there will be an activity for you.

Both Tasman Holiday Parks – Moama on the Murray and Tasman Holiday Parks – Merool on the Murray have houseboats that operate from site. Moama on the Murray Houseboats have a range of great cruises with excellent service for you to experience and enjoy the Murray. Bella Casa Houseboats operate from Merool, offering a truly luxurious experience for your stay in Echuca Moama. Be sure to check them out during your stay!

The area is very well-known for its iconic paddle steamer cruises. The best way to explore the Murray is on a cruise! Enjoy a standard sightseeing cruise, or upgrade to a lunch or dinner cruise package. If you’re looking for a unique experience, you can even enjoy an overnight cruise!

Check out some of the best water activities on the Murray River here! There are lots of walking and cycling trails around the river too. Stroll along the river and take in the natural surroundings and wildlife – don’t forget your camera to capture the beautiful scenery!

How long is the Murray River?
The Murray River is Australia’s longest river at 2,508km. It spans across New South Wales, Victoria and South Australia, and almost 2,000km of it is navigable!

Once you’ve had enough of the water, head back to your Tasman Holiday Parks accommodation to end your day. Make the most of the outdoor BBQ facilities, explore the park’s nature, and rest up for your last day in Echuca Moama.

Day 3: Wine and Dine

Wine and dine in Echuca Moama.

Echuca Moama is home to two defined wine regions, so a winery visit is a must-do! Or if beer is more to your taste, there is also a selection of breweries and even a local distillery. Jump on a winery tour or rent bikes to explore the vineyards.

Tasman Holiday Parks – Merool on the Murray is conveniently located right next door to the gorgeous Morrisons Riverview Winery! Enjoy a menu with local produce that is adapted to the seasons, and sip on wine in this idyllic spot. Once you have finished, it’s only a few steps back to your accommodation at Merool.

Check out more information about wineries in Echuca Moama here. Enjoy sampling local wines and beers, and indulge in a long lunch as you take in the beauty of the area. Cheers!

Before you leave the Murray, pop in to the Great Aussie Beer Sheed & Heritage Farm Museum. This popular museum is one of the most unique tourist attractions in Australia, and located only 3km from Echuca. They have an incredible array of iconic Aussie paraphernalia, including 20,000 beer cans from Australia and around the world, classic cars, a partially restored WW1 canon, Coca Cola collection and more.

Your trip in Echuca Moama is over already – that went quickly! Check out our locations at Tasman Holiday Parks to start planning your next escape.

Celebrating Culinary Careers Fundraising Cocktail Event

Tasman Holiday Parks is proud to support local communities with our upcoming sponsorship of the Echuca Regional Health Fundraising event.

On Friday the 8th April, the Celebrating Culinary Careers Fundraising Dinner will take place at The Wharf in Echuca. Hosted by Echuca Regional Health (ERH) in conjunction with Kagome Australia, proceeds from the event will go towards the new ERH Cancer and Wellness Centre.

The Cancer and Wellness Centre will help offer better access to cancer care for those in the area, as well as provide support for the patient and family throughout treatment.

The event is a chance to mingle with celebrity chefs and take part in the evening’s auctions, helping raise money for this incredible cause. Enjoy an amazing range of cocktail food prepared by celebrity chefs George Calombaris, Ryan Stevenson, Glenn Austin and Luke Croston.

The event is held at the Echuca Wharf, a historic timber wharf along the Murray River. Experience and learn about the history of the area at the Port of Echuca Discovery Centre. The Port of Echuca was built in 1865 and is known as one of Australia’s finest heritage icons. It’s the perfect place to learn and indulge in the history of the area!

Where & When:

The historic Echuca Wharf is known as one of Australia’s finest heritage icons.

When: Friday 8th April 2022, 6.00pm – 11.00pm.

Where: The Wharf, Murray Esplanade, Echuca, Victoria, 3564

You can check out more about this event and purchase your tickets here.

What is there to do in Echuca Moama?

Echuca and Moama are twin towns on either side of the Murray River, with Echuca on the Victorian side and Moama on the NSW side. Both are the perfect place for your next foodie and cultural escape, with plenty of restaurants, activities, and museums to enjoy. It’s a great destination for a romantic couple’s holiday, or fun for the whole family!

The Murray River is Australia’s longest river, flowing 2,530km across southeastern Australia. Enjoy stand up paddleboarding, canoeing, boating, river cruisers and more along the river.

After a long day exploring, check out some of the local eateries and dine on delicious food. Echuca Moama is a haven for adventurous foodies!

What are the best activities to do in Echuca Moama?

Enjoy a dinner cruise or visit the Echuca Chocolate Company.

One of the best activities to enjoy in Echuca Moama is a paddle steamer boat cruise. Echuca Moama has the largest fleet of operating paddle steamers in the world – so your holiday isn’t complete without experiencing a trip on one!

Why not check out a sightseeing cruise, or even a lunch or dinner cruise? It’s the perfect way to enjoy the beautiful scenery and take in the sights.

Another great way to enjoy the foodie scene in Echuca Moama is with a delicious lunch at a local winery. Echuca Moama is home to a selection of local and regional wineries, breweries and a distillery, so there is something for everyone. Relax with local drinks and cuisine with a long lunch at one of the wineries or breweries in the area.

Chocolate lovers rejoice! Another must-do in Echuca Moama is a visit to the Echuca Chocolate Company. Located in the old Echuca Port precinct, the Echuca Chocolate Company create delicious fresh chocolates by hand and offer an incredible chocolate liqueur collection. Head along for a free liqueur tasting, and don’t forget to take home some chocolate souvenirs!

Where to stay for your next escape?

Looking for the perfect accommodation for your Moama holiday? Tasman Holiday Parks – Moama on the Murray offers the best of nature and luxury. With a resort style swimming pool, gorgeous villas and plenty of activities for the kids, it’s the perfect base for your Echuca Moama holiday. Located right along the iconic Murray River, you’re a stone’s throw from everything that the area has to offer.

Tasman Holiday Parks – Merool on the Murray is another great caravan park and caravan accommodation option for your Echuca Moama holiday. With 25 hectares of land and 1.5 kilometres of Murray River frontage, there’s plenty to explore. Relax by the lagoon style pool, enjoy the community veggie garden, and make the most of the games room. Merool on the Murray has options for every budget, with cabins, caravan sites and powered sites.

Better than just sandcastles; 6 beach activities for kids

You pack the car, load in the kids, and venture out to spend a day on the sand. The kids are excited, you’re excited, and you plan to spend the whole day exploring rock pools, splashing about in the waves, building sandcastles, getting salty and sandy – you could never get bored.

However, if you’re after some fun beach activities a little out of the box, read on for some top activities to keep the whole family entertained whilst soaking up the summer sun.

1. Beach scavenger hunt

A beach scavenger hunt is a great way to entertain the kids whilst exploring the beach.

Give each participant a list of items that you would typically find at the beach like a shell, a feather, seaweed, or pebbles. The aim is to find every item on that list to win the game. The kids will love the challenge and a little bit of healthy competition never hurt anyone.

Tip: Type “beach scavenger hunt” into your search engine and you will find a bunch of free printable scavenger hunt lists. Just print them off and away you go.

2. Make beach art with natural materials

Get the creative juices flowing with a little beach art using items found on the beach.

The first step is to gather bits and pieces you find on the beach to create your masterpiece. Shells are always a great option along with pebbles, seaweed, driftwood, and sticks.

Use the sand as your canvas and let your imaginations run wild by placing your treasures in some sort of pattern. Don’t forget to take a picture of your work of art, this one can’t come home with you.

3. Transform your kids into mermaids

Try your hand at sculpting a mermaid tail to transform yourself or the kids into a mythical sea creature. Bury your little mermaid’s legs in the sand and build a tail with sand over the top.

Get creative and add a few shells or seaweed to jazz it up a little. Once again, make sure you pose for a happy snap before switching back to a human.

4. Hide hand-painted rocks

Get on board with the latest craze – hand-painted rocks. Kids are loving collecting small rocks, painting them, and hiding them for others to find. This requires a little preparation before your beach day.

First, you must collect the rocks then paint them. Try sticking to the beach theme and paint some little beach critters on them with a positive message on the back.

Hide them in places where others will find them like in the beach playground, footpath or under a tree. It’s a nice way to be creative, spread positivity and put a smile on a stranger’s face.

5. Slip and slide

A slip and slide is a summer favourite in many Aussie backyards, but why not bring it to the beach?

Pack thick plastic sheeting (at least 10 foot long) to make your slide. Place it on the sand, anchor it down by digging sand onto the edges, add water and away you go.

For a little extra slip and slide, add environmentally friendly soap with water on the plastic sheet. Once the slide is ready, take a run-up and dive onto the slide gliding along your belly all the way to the end. You are sure to get some attention with this one with many other beachgoers wanting to join in on the fun.

6. Beach cricket

You can’t go wrong with a little beach cricket. It’s not as intense as the game you watch on the telly – the rules are changed a little to suit the players.

For starters, the ball can be switched for a tennis ball, the cricket bat is often plastic and the stumps can be made from driftwood or sticks found at the beach. Bring your cricket bat, make up some rules, get some people involved and have a little fun in the sun with an Aussie favourite.

Check out some fun summer getaway ideas where you can try out our beach activities the whole family can enjoy.  

Fraser Coast

For a beach with plenty of activities for kids and their parents, check out our Fraser Coast Holiday Park.

The Fraser Coast is Queensland’s hidden gem, and our holiday park truly shines. Look for whales in season. Visit the world’s largest sand island. Laze by the pool or explore the kilometres of glorious coastline.