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.
Mainly on unsealed roads with a short section at the start on a sealed road and pathway.
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.
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.
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.
8.013 km / 4.979 mi
53 m / 175 ft
53 m / 175 ft
107 m / 352 ft