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.