Echuca

Paddle Steamer on Murray River

Paddle Steamer on Murray River

Main Street

Main Street

Thong Tree

Thong Tree

Murray River

Murray River

I’d say, it’s in the middle of nowhere but it’s only 2 ½ hour drive from Melbourne. Echuca is situated on the Murray River and it is oddly known to be ‘the world’s paddle-steamer capital’  (I’m still thinking where else can one find a paddle-steamer? ) and it is apparently one of Victoria’s major tourist areas. If you have been to the Great Ocean Road, this would be a sure let-down unless you enjoy water-skiing or you like to spend your holidays on a houseboat.  It’s certainly not my cup of tea.  Honestly, how any times can you go on a paddle-steamer cruise on the brown-coloured Murray River?

Surprisingly, it is undeniably touristy at the Esplanade which is the dirt-road along the river. The town has an authentic old world charm to it and a good selection of restaurants and gourmet delis. I am quite happy not go back there.

TIP: If you feel obliged to do a paddle steamer cruise, a sunset  cruise would be a better choice.

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