Dinky-Di Houseboats meanders past wineries, golf courses, clubs, great bushwalks and loads more.
Echuca-Moama is one of the Murray River region’s most popular tourist hotspots, if not the world’s. Travellers from far and wide come to explore the river, but it’s the area’s numerous attractions in town and on the river route that are must-see. All you have to do is know where to go! Try these for size.
Discover the historic Port of Echuca
Revisit yesteryear when the bustling Port of Echuca and its wharf played such a major part of daily life in the riverside township from the 1900s. Echuca was the largest inland port in Australia and it looks exactly the same today as an open air museum. Step back in time and go for a ride on horse-drawn carriage, check out the Port of Echuca Discovery Centre, visit the blacksmith or Sharp’s Movie House and Penny Arcade, or go for a leisurely cruise on one of the large paddlesteamers.
The river and much, much more!
The river itself is an aquatic and bush playground with attractions at every turn. Holidaying on the mighty Murray River is blissfully private as it meanders through changing landscapes past wetlands home to wildlife and fertile bushland. Choose between enjoying the river environment or going ashore to see the historical and other riverside attractions or simply relax and do nothing. Seek out a quiet beach or sandbar and enjoy a barbecue under the trees. Explore the banks and bends of one of Australia’s most important and historical river systems, and enjoy the wildlife along its banks.
Visit one of the NSW clubs for golf or a nice meal
Echuca-Moama has some of the biggest and best clubs on the planet, including Rich River Golf Club for a whack of golf, and the Moama RSL Club or Moama Sports Club where all have great meals on offer among other attractions. Why you even might pay for your Dinky-Di Houseboat rental with a win at the pokies if you’re lucky! All it takes is a quick call on the two way radio and Dinky-Di will arrange one of the clubs to pick you up from the houseboat and take you to a meal or game of golf then return you to the boat when you are good and ready, no charge.
Cafes, restaurants, bakeries and bistros!
For those who enjoy the finer things of life, there is a variety of quality
restaurants, cafes and bistros. Take a break from houseboat barbecue and have a great breakfast, lunch or dinner in either Echuca or Moama. Just tie up your houseboat and a short stroll, courtesy bus or taxi ride away are the licensed clubs or pubs with their entertainment, fine food and poker machines, a restaurant on the historic wharf overlooking the river, or a gazillion other cafes and restaurants in town. Here are a few to look up when you get there – Ceres, the Black Pudding, Shamrock Hotel, American Hotel, Radcliffes, Beechworth Bakery, Shebani’s Mediterranean, Sunago, Star Hotel, Moama Bakery, Border Inn Hotel, The Mill, Echuca Coffee Roasters, 7 Beans Coffee.
Wineries and Wine Bars
The past 20 years has seen wineries and wine bars emerge in this neck of the Murrary River woods. At Morrisons Riverview Winery & Restaurant you can enjoy lunch from a full a la carte menu in a beautiful riverside setting. Free wine tastings daily and cellar door open for sales. Another idea is to visit Cape Horn Vineyard, located on a sand hill wedged between the Murray and Goulburn Rivers upstream from Echuca. Cape Horn Vineyard is named after the riverbend resembling Cape Horn on the tip of South America and has wood-fired pizzas, cheese tastings and more. Others include St Anne’s Vineyard in Moama, Hopwood Winery, The Carriages Vineyard and the Gypsy Bar in High St Echuca.
Movies, a maze and museums
Looking for time out from the houseboat and want to catch the latest movie? Check out Echuca Paramount Cinemas and Performing Arts Complex, the biggest screens, latest blockbuster movies with Dolby Digital-EX (7.1) surround sound. The Holden Museum is another special venue in Echuca and has loads of old Holden cars representing the history of the iconic model. All the models have information plaques which provide a walk through yesterday. Check out engine bays, stroll past Holden memorabilia and take in the photo display. This is the largest one brand car museum in Australia. The OzMaze and Mini Golf in Anstruther Street is based on our great country and offers a fascinating design. It’s a puzzling journey through Australia travelling from one capital city to another.