Echuca and Moama are twin towns in the Murray River region. While Echuca lies on the Victoria side of the Murray and Moama lies on the New South Wales side of the river, both offer plenty of bike tour options for travelers seeking an authentic Australian experience.
Echuca was once the largest inland port in Australia and serviced the paddle steamers that navigated the Murray River in the 19th century. Taking a bike tour is the best way to explore Echuca’s historic port and riverboat dock, which have been beautifully restored and offer a fascinating insight into the town’s rich river trade history. Echuca is also home to a range of other historic attractions, including the old police station, courthouse, and post office, which have been thoughtfully preserved and now house cafes, restaurants, and boutique shops.
Combine your bicycle tour with a cruise to experience these twin cities from land and water. After riding through Echuca and Moama’s glorious natural landscape, hop aboard one of the famous paddle steamers and take in the tranquility of the river as you cruise back to town.
Moama is particularly renowned for its natural beauty and outdoor activities. The town is home to a range of national parks and reserves, including the Barmah National Park, which is one of the largest red gum forests in the world and home to native wildlife such as kangaroos and koalas. Both Echuca and Moama are culturally significant to the local Yorta Yorta people, who have been custodians of the land for thousands of years. Visitors can learn about the local indigenous culture and history, such as the important walk out of 1939, through a visit to the nearby Cummeragunja Aboriginal Reserve.
Taking a family-friendly guided bike tour is the best way to get the most out of Echuca and Moama’s profuse nature and historic richness, as well as plenty of local recommendations to make the most of these twin towns.