NSW Top Tourism Town Finalist

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Top Town: population over 5,000 residents

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So many ways to experience Echuca-Moama.

Nestled on the banks of the mighty Murray River and set against a backdrop of idyllic natural bushland, the border towns of Echuca Moama exude a raw, timeless and authentic beauty that is unrivalled in Australia.

The twin towns are the closest point of the Murray River to Melbourne, just an easy two and half hour drive. Families from all over Australia are drawn to Echuca-Moama for The Murray River, the abundance of family-friendly accommodation, the range of family-centric attractions, and the experiences and leisure events. If it’s a buzzing river culture you’re looking for, the Murray River is packed full of unique opportunities to be together in a whole menu of different ways that will excite, relax and connect.

During the summer and into early spring, Aqua Island Water Park is the perfect family playground, located in a lagoon along the Waterfront Marina. Between floating obstacles, air jumps, ice creams and slushies, this is an experience set to impress both kids and adults alike.


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Do as the locals do and go Stand Up Paddle Boarding, a relaxing way to drink in the beauty of the river. Or for a much faster way to experience the river, visit Brett Sands Watersports is your one-stop shop for all things fast and fun on the water. Try Wakeboarding, Waterskiing, Barefooting or Kneeboarding. They offer gear hire and demonstrations, as well as lessons for all skill levels and ages.

Off the river, you can try a round of mini golf at the picturesque Rich River Golf Club, or a game of bare foot bowls at the Moama Bowling Club. Hire an E-Bike from Green Pedal Cycles and explore the natural beauty of Echuca-Moama’s back yard; a natural landscape of magnificent river red gums, breathtaking river panoramas, local history and a myriad of native wildlife. Moama’s bushland offers a wide variety of walking and cycling trails, winding along the banks of the Murray and through productive ecosystems. Keep your toes dry, take the kids fishing and camp at one of the many caravan parks or state parks alongside the Murray and delve into the raw, pure landscape of River Country.

The Port of Echuca offers something for the whole family. Indulge in some retail therapy and browse the boutique clothing stores, sample the locally produced chocolate at the Echuca Chocolate Company or visit the Port of Echuca Discovery Center and learn all about the towns historic riverboat trade and shipbuilding industry with interactive displays to engage the kids and plenty of historical exhibits for the big kids. They also offer guided tours including the Port After Dark Tour and the Kids Adventure Tour.

Although Echuca-Moama is known for the many sunny and hot days, you can still enjoy the River during the cooler months by touring the river on a paddle steamer cruise. Known as the paddlesteamer capital of the world, the region is home to the world’s largest fleet of operating paddlesteamers. Echuca was once a bustling inland port becoming the second largest port to operate in Victoria. Once near the river you’ll hear the distinctive sound of the paddlesteamer whistles and gentle chugging motion. A trip to the twin towns isn’t complete without experiencing one of the multiple paddlesteamer cruises that operate daily. The world’s oldest wooden hull paddlesteamer to still be operating, the PS Adelaide is one of these vesicles, available to take you for a cruisey afternoon to enjoy the natural beauty of the river environment.

If you're lucky enough to be in town during July, you'll get to experience the annual Moama Lights show; an immersive sound and light trail that showcases stories from across the region through state-of-the-art installations, projections and cutting edge moving-light technology. The clear winter evenings will be transformed by beautiful light displays, an enticing show, local stories and an impressive backdrop takes you on a unique journey along the upgraded footbridges at Horseshoe Lagoon.

Explore in your own time, walking the path towards the historic Moama Wharf surrounded by towering river redgums, and soak in the dusk sounds of this natural riverine lagoon.

And of course, being located in the heart of an exciting food producing region, you will be delighted by the many and varied cafes, restaurants, wineries, pubs and clubs, offering beautiful local produce. There are so many eateries to choose from, you are bound to find a few you absolutely love!

Echuca Moama is an all-year-round holiday destination with something to delight everyone. A place to bask in glorious sunshine, or enjoy the crackle of a fire, to experience the very best that life has to offer. Reconnect with yourself, your family and your friends in River Country.


Four days in Moama

Nestled on the banks of the mighty Murray River and set against a backdrop of idyllic natural bushland, the border towns of Echuca Moama exude a raw, timeless and authentic beauty that is unrivalled in Australia.


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