The historic riverside town of Echuca, which served as a bustling port in the 1800s, is just a two and a half hour drive from Melbourne. The holiday park occupies a tranquil position along the river and is just a moment’s stroll from the sights, shops and restaurants of the town. On site, you’ll find all sorts of amenities to keep you occupied. There’s a heated swimming pool, tennis court, basketball pad and recreation room, plus free wifi. The Murray is easily accessible via a public access boat ramp and walking/cycling tracks, and canoes can be hired nearby.
There’s a broad range of accommodation options at the holiday park, including stylish cabins and both powered and unpowered sites suitable for caravans, campervans and tents. Powered sites are located throughout the park, so you can choose between river views or proximity to amenities. Five cabin classes allow you to customise your stay – choose between beds for either four or six people, then decide on how much living space you’d like. All cabins come equipped with modern facilities including air conditioning, TVs with DVD players, spacious bathrooms and kitchenettes or full kitchens. And every cabin in the holiday park has a verandah with seating so you can enjoy the region’s famed sunsets.
Both Echuca and its sister town Moama, which sits on the other side of the Murray in New South Wales, are steeped in history. This spot was once one of the busiest inland hubs in the country, and to this day Echuca retains the title of the paddle steamer capital of Australia. Kick off your exploration with a river cruise – the twin towns are now home to the world’s largest fleet of operating riverboats so there are plenty of companies to choose from, including Murray River Paddlesteamers and Echuca Paddlesteamers. Afterwards, visit the fascinating Port of Echuca Discovery Centre, which is a museum that traces the port’s history, and don’t miss twistED Science, an award winning interactive venue for both the young and the young at heart. Echuca boasts acclaimed dining in historic buildings at Ceres (Italian) and The Mill (contemporary Australian and cocktails), plus historic pubs such as the Border Inn Hotel. And if you’re visiting in February, check out the Southern 80 water ski race and the Riverboats Music Festival.