The Best Hotels and Places to Stay in Echuca, Victoria

The historic port of Echuca, Victoria, is a must-visit
The historic port of Echuca, Victoria, is a must-visit | © Marco Saracco / Alamy Stock Photo
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11 November 2021

Just 2.5 hours from Melbourne, the sleepy heritage town of Echuca was once the busiest inland port in Australia. Step back in time, where historic paddle steamers still chug past tree-lined banks on the Murray River and vintage buildings whisper memories of yesteryear. These are the top hotels in Echuca.

CocknBull Boutique Hotel, for heritage charm

Flower-covered facade of the CocknBull Boutique Hotel
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A true charmer, CocknBull will have you swooning from the first glimpse of its flower-covered heritage exterior. Dating back to 1876, this four-star riverside boutique hotel comprises just five luxuriously appointed one- or two-bed apartments. Here, you’ll find a brick courtyard garden, a solar-heated swimming pool, an in-house wine bar and all of the top attractions in Echuca right on your doorstep.

Cadell on the Murray Motel Resort, for a waterfront getaway

Red-brick room at the Cadell on the Murray Motel Resort, with several chairs, two beds and a large glass door
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If a relaxing riverside retreat is calling you, book Cadell on the Murray. All rooms here have outdoor terraces opening onto lawns leading down to the water, where there are umbrellas, sun loungers and even a private jetty. Away from the waterfront, there’s a pool, plus beach volleyball, basketball and tennis courts, as well as a children’s playground. Alternatively, hop on the resort shuttle bus, and ride into town for some sightseeing.

Talo Retreat, for a romantic stay

Modern glamping yurt at the Talo Retreat in red with wood floors and fridge
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Just across the Murray in Moama, the adults-only Talo Retreat is one of the most unique accommodation options in Echuca, offering ensuite glamping yurts, complete with spa pools and kitchenettes in a beautiful bush location. Thoughtful features, from a double hammock to a firepit for staying warm while cuddling under the stars, make this a romantic, ecofriendly getaway. Talo even has bikes you can hire for sustainable sightseeing.

Tindarra Resort, for a relaxing escape

Outdoor pool at the Tindarra Resort with rock features and lawns beside
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The first stones for Tindarra Resort were laid over 170 years ago – as a sheep station on the banks of the Murray in Moama. Though it’s changed hands a few times since then, this family-owned business still retains its gorgeous riverfront views and tranquil nature vibes. A stay here involves kicking back in a luxury villa or studio with a private deck, soaking up the views at the riverside bar and winding down in the heated spa caves. Bliss.

Quest Echuca, for an independent stay

Modern apartment at the Quest Echuca, with a blue sofa, a flat-screen TV and a balcony
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With all the trappings of home in chic central apartments, Quest Echuca is a great spot to base yourself while exploring the Murray River region. Take your pick of comfortable self-contained one- to three-bedroom apartments, equipped with everything from private balconies to free onsite parking. Then, hit the pool (heated, of course), dining area or outdoor barbecue for a lazy afternoon. You are on holiday after all.

Rich River Golf Club Resort, for keen golfers

Golf course with the hotel of the Rich River Golf Club Resort in the background
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Love golf? Then, you won’t want to pass up the chance for a round on the two championship courses at this hotel. Not a sports fan? Never fear. This luxurious Murray River hideout also boasts an outdoor pool, a spa and three separate restaurants; plus, Echuca is only a 10-minute drive away. Opt for a plush room or suite with your own private entrance and pool or garden views.

Discovery Park – Maidens Inn, for a family-friendly base

Blue waterslides at the Discovery Park - Maidens Inn on a sunny day
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Just a five-minute drive from the old wharf, Discovery Park Maidens Inn ticks all the boxes as one of the best places to stay in Echuca for families (and big kids alike). Here, you’ll find a water park, jumping pillows, two pools, tennis courts, a games room and a playground, guaranteed to keep everyone entertained. If you prefer a little more peace and quiet, the ensuite riverfront cabins offer dreamy views over the Murray from their private balconies.

Merool on the Murray, for plenty of entertainment

Lagoon-like pool at the Merool on the Murray on a sunny day
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A little way out of town, Merool on the Murray is an idyllic rural spot for making the most of resort attractions, while still being close enough to visit Echuca and take a ride on a paddle steamer. Complete the 19th-century aesthetic with a night in one of the pioneer-themed riverfront cabins and a walk through the native bushland, past the veggie garden down to the sandy beach. Alternatively, dive back into the 21st century with a dip in the lagoon pool and a trip to the jumping pillows and arcade games room.

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