Echuca-Moama to Swan Hill
153 km/97 miles, about 2 hours
The world's largest fleet of operating paddle steamers steam along the Murray River and berth at the Port of Echuca, an historic area dotted with cafes, shops and restaurants like Oscar W's.
Relax on the deck of a paddle steamer, get wet water skiing or swimming, or tee off on one of the many outstanding golf courses. Each year in summer the popular, outdoor Riverboats Music Festival draws thousands of visitors for a weekend of top local and international acts. In winter the local Blues Festival also pulls a crowd.
Half an hour from Echuca is Barmah National Park, Barmah Wetlands and the biggest stand of river red gum on earth. Explore by car, on foot, on a cruise boat or in a hired canoe. Home to the Yorta Yorta people, this is also a haven for native animals and birds.
Swan Hill, a town with a rich colonial past that is on display at the Pioneer Settlement, a re-creation of a port town. There are quality golf courses around Swan Hill, as well as great water skiing and fishing.
Cruise the Murray in a houseboat. Houseboat hire is available at Echuca, Swan Hill, Mildura and Wentworth, with sleek vessels offering all mod cons for solo sailors or groups.