Cycle Victoria, Sightseeing Ride, Echuca River Loop Ride

This ride is a great way to see the best of what Echuca has to offer including its history; a good range of cafes, restaurants and activities; and the beauty of the river and surrounding bushland. The Historic Port of Echuca is home to Australia’s largest fleet of steam-driven paddlesteamers and was once Australia’s largest inland port during the late 1800s. It’s still a bustling place and there is plenty to see on and around the port including hopping on a paddlesteamer for a cruise up the river.

Terrain

Mainly on unsealed roads with a short section at the start on a sealed road and pathway.

Traffic

The route passes through the middle of the heavily touristed Port of Echuca and you may need to dismount if there are lots of people walking around. The remainder of the ride is on lightly trafficked back streets and the scenic drive through Victoria Park.

Access

Echuca is 231 kilometres from Melbourne on the Calder Highway turning onto the Northern Highway (B75) at Kyneton and following it all the way to Echuca where it finally becomes Heygarth Street. The ride commences at the Echuca-Moama visitor information centre in Heygarth Street. VicRoads Map 596:J6.

Food and Drink

The Port of Echuca is more than adequately provided with cafes and eateries. Along the ride there is a kiosk at the caravan park in Crofton Street.

 

More Details

The ride starts at the Visitor Information Centre down beside the highflying rail and road bridges crossing over into New South Wales. Heading away from the bridges toward the port, the path crosses the railway line and follows it as it sweeps round behind the Court House. The path ends beside the railway line where you cross it and turn right along Murray Esplanade, following it west towards the port.

As the bends around in front of the port, cross over the road and enter the precinct, taking care for pedestrians. Take some time here, or come back later for a tour of the old port, the interesting shops, or a cruise on one of the many paddlesteamers. After leaving the port continue ahead on the road, past the old barge and the toilet block on Watson Street where you can join the pathway beside the river.

When the path reaches the caravan park come off the path onto Crofton Street and follow the road past the caravan park before turning right into Scenic Drive and following the road to the right and under the wooden arched entranceway. At the obelisk follow the made road on the right beside the caravan park banking to the right where it eventually comes to a fork. You can take either route. The right fork will take you to the boat hire facility and ramp and the left route will take you through the forest.

When the roads rejoin, the ride follows the banks of the Murray River as it winds around to the left in a giant loop. There are lots of places to stop and view the river life, but the section where it banks back again to the right is particularly scenic. Another good spot, where there are tables, is the next section where the route veers to the left at the junction of the Campaspe River, which you will follow back to the town.

Eventually you come to the old secondary college and back onto Crofton Street that you follow back to the riverbank, retracing your steps back to the Visitor Information Office after having some refreshments at the port.

 

Ride Log

  • 0.0 Leave the visitor information centre car park, cross the disused railway line and turn right toward the town centre and port.
  • 0.3 At the rail crossing turn left and then right onto Murray Esplanade and follow the road.
  • 0.4 At the intersection of Murray Esp and Leslie St cross over into the port precinct taking care for pedestrians.
  • 0.6 Leaving the port precinct, head along the road straight ahead with the river on your right. After passing the toilets you can use the riverside path if you wish.
  • 1.1 Turn right into Crofton St beside the caravan park.
  • 1.3 Turn right into Scenic Dr and head under the fortlike wooden entrance arch.
  • 1.8 You can choose either route at the fork in the road. If you choose the right route to the boat hire and ramp, go left at the car park and travel through it until it rejoins the other route.
  • 4.8 After following the meandering Murray River, you will come to the junction with the Campaspe River whose banks you will follow back toward Echuca.
  • 5.8 At the Scenic Dr-Crofton St fork in the road, follow the road to the right along Crofton St which will take you past the old secondary college on your left.
  • 6.7 You will pass the entrance to Victoria Park and begin to retrace you ride.
  • 6.8 Turn right into Watson St and either ride on the road or the path back toward the port.
  • 8.0 Having passed through the port you will return to the tourist information centre and the end of the ride.
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    8.013 km / 4.979 mi

    Total Distance

    53 m / 175 ft

    Total Ascent

    53 m / 175 ft

    Total Descent

    107 m / 352 ft

    Highest Point

    Ride type:
    Sightseeing
    Mountain biking
    Road riding
    Commuter
    Kid friendly
    Rail Trail
    Difficulty: Intermediate (Red)
    Ride Duration: 1-2 hrs
    Fitness Level: Medium
    Terrain:
    Shared Bike Path - Paved
    Shared Bike Path - Dirt
    On-Road Bike Lane
    On-Road
    Off-Road - Fire Trail
    Off-Road - Rail Trail
    Off-Road - Single Track
    Off-Road - Downhill
    Mobile Coverage: Limited
    Estimated Distance: 8.0
    Elevation Gain: 130
    Services:
    Water
    Food
    First Aid
    Toilets
    Bike hire facilities
    Carparking
    Bike servicing
    Accessible by bike
    Accessible by car
    Accessible by public transport
    Accessible by shuttle / uber

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