Watching the adrenaline-pumping action during the races is likely to have you working up a healthy appetite in no time. Luckily, you’ll find plenty of places to refuel close by the Murray River in Echuca Moama, meaning you won’t need to travel far.
Better yet, if you’re heading into the region earlier, or planning to stay a little longer after the event, you’ll have plenty of time to visit each of these eateries, making sure to book ahead of time to avoid missing out.
Just a 15-minute drive from Echuca you’ll find yourself at Cape Horn Vineyard & Riverside Bar, a riverside oasis. Perfect for the whole family, including four legged friends. Spend the afternoon with a grazing platter or pizza from their cellar door and a wine in hand while enjoying their sweeping vineyard views or put your thinking to the test with a game on the giant chess board or keep near the playground for the kids.
Swing by Morrisons Riverview Winery & Restaurant, perched right on the edge of the river, perfect for large groups, families with a playground onsite, even the family pooch, stay for a long lunch, a glass of wine.
For a local brew, head to Bandicoot Brewery on a Friday night for craft beers or keep an eye out for their beers on tap at local pubs and bars in the surrounding areas. For a classic pub meal, head to 1895 The Royal and be sure to check out their weeknight specials like pot & parma, wine time, burger night and kids eat free.
You’ll likely be familiar with the American Hotel beer garden by the time the Southern 80 event comes to an end, hosting the official launch on Friday night and streaming the races on the big screen from the beer garden for ticket holders. It’s the ideal spot to order a jug for the table and keep the food coming while watching the teams compete in real time.
If you’re after something more upmarket, Junction Moama will have you dining in style with their delicious devotion to seasonal and local produce, or head to Riverbank Moama, open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner with a tasty menu and cocktail list to pair with each.
Of course, you can’t forget a perky morning caffeine hit or afternoon pick-me-up. You’ll find Hammond Providore, Moama Bakery and Three Black Sheep slinging coffee shots and breakfast food in Moama with Johnny and Lyle, The Sweet Meadow, 7 Beans Coffee and The Black Pudding Café ready to refuel you in Echuca.
If you prefer your coffee on the go, Latte Lane and Busy Bean are the resident drive-through options.