Port Precinct Heritage Tour
The Port of Echuca is excited to present Port Precinct Heritage Tours as part of the Australian Heritage Festival 2024. Join a passionate and knowledgeable tour guide at 10:30am Sundays and Wednesdays between the festival dates to discover the adventure and challenges of the Port's colonial past.
This heritage tour explores the early development of the township of Echuca from the 1850s and the ensuing boom of the riverboat trade as you are guided through the Port Precinct from the early punt crossing built by the town’s founder Henry Hopwood, along a riverside walk within the Port of Echuca Discovery Centre displaying important vestiges of the Evan’s Brother’s Sawmill and timber industry. You’ll marvel at the beautiful array of colonial port buildings, period architecture and facades that stand proudly along the old Esplanade right next to the magnificent nationally-listed Echuca Wharf and profitably positioned railhead from 1864. You’ll hear traditional steam driven engines and paddlesteamers as you’re regaled with stories of the tough and rugged pioneers whose legacy of hard work and love of the river port can be found at the heart of this heritage tour. Connecting and sharing the history and characters of the Port’s past preserves the value of this precinct for the future.
Celebrating 50 years of the Victorian Heritage Register