Begin your adventures in the river town of Echuca, just under three hours from Melbourne, a road trip from Sydney that’s best made with a few pitstops or a quick flight to Bendigo (just over an hour’s drive from Echuca).
Did you know ‘Echuca’ is a Yorta Yorta word meaning 'meeting of the water' and the town was once the state's largest inland river port with paddle steamers bringing their cargoes of wool for transport to the Port of Melbourne?
Relax in the bushland at Billabong Ranch for a winery tour in true Aussie outback style - on horseback or horse-drawn carriage. You’ll be treated to woodfired pizza and a tasting at Cape Horn Vineyard. If you like to indulge in a little extra luxury, slip into something sure to turn heads with Flash Fairlane, who will chauffeur you in a 1959 Ford Fairlane Limousine to taste award-winning reds in the Heathcote region.
In the afternoon, take a stroll along the Echuca Wharf and admire the history and character of the streetscape before boarding a sunset paddle steamer cruise with Echuca Paddlesteamers on the PS Pevensey.
For your evening, have an apéritif at the Echuca Distillery to taste test their range of hand-crafted spirits made with naturally-derived botanicals. The Lady Augusta Berry Pink Gin is distilled in their Copper Pot Still and infused with blueberries, strawberries, raspberries and blackberries. Perfect to take home to create impressive cocktails or simply enjoy with your choice of mixer.
After a big day of exploring, settle in for dinner at the American Hotel where you’ll find live music and hearty BBQ smoked meats cooked with ironbark, redgum and mallee root. All meats are free-range, ethically raised and carbon neutral for the sustainability-conscious traveller.
Later, kick off your boots and rest your head at Tindarra Resort fronting the river. Secluded amongst bushland, the resort offers modern Holiday Villa or Studio accommodation options all with access to their large pool, heated spa caves, children’s playground and tennis court.