Echuca is about 300 kms from Melbourne and if you take the Calder Hwy, it takes you straight to Echuca (for some it might be the Northern Hwy if you are coming from Melbourne). Nearby city towns that I come across were Kyneton and Bendigo. Some of the highlights of Echuca are the paddlesteamers, Port of Echuca's specialty shops and places of interest, like the Holden shop.
I stayed at a place called Rivergum Motor Inn, that was on the Hwy, and if you were passing through, it is the perfect place to stay in, along with all the other Motor Inns in Echuca. I went out for a cigarette outside the swimming pool, the moon was full, a little breezy and there was a perfect bench at the pool entrance. Across the road was a roadhouse, which served a scrumptious all day breakfast and a Chinese restaurant. All the other Motor Inns were more inner and closer to restaurants and specialty shops.
One of the attractions I was interested in was the popular Echuca paddle steamers. Across the Murray River is Moama, a town on the NSW border. I saw a gift shop, a horse and cart ride, a photo booth and ticket sales at the wharf. The paddle steamer ride was pleasant. It was a double decker paddle steamer. There are a number of different paddle steamers and there's a lot of different cruises, including dinner cruises during the day and night.
They also had special Easter programs for the kids, such as cooking classes and a talk about the port and paddle steamers and a quiz. I saw people on the banks of the Murray camping, fishing in their boats or sitting around enjoying the weather. The weather was very pleasant and it was the perfect spot to spend an Easter break weekend.