Junction - Dining Room and BarJunction Bar at Junction Moama – image supplied by Junction Moama


Back in April, the DC team was invited to enjoy a very special weekend away in the twin towns of Echuca Moama.

Echuca Moama is a two and a half hour drive from Melbourne’s CBD. The town of Echuca is located on the banks of the Murray River and Campaspe River in Victoria, while the border town of Moama is on the northern side of the Murray River in New South Wales.

The region has a very rich history, named after the Aboriginal word for ‘meeting of the waters’. The Port of Echuca was one of the busiest on the Murray. Today, the twin towns are home to the world’s largest fleet of operating riverboats, and Echuca itself is Australia’s paddle steamer capital.

In addition to its heritage, Echuca Moama is also home to a number of fine dining restaurants and great local and regional food and wine – hence where we come in!

We were very lucky to have an itinerary planned for us over two nights and days. Below we share some highlights from our experience and reasons to return.

Thank you so much to the Kate & Co PR team and Junction Moama for making this incredible trip to Echuca Moama possible!

The DC Team.

P.S – If you have any other recommendations for the area, please let us know in the comments – we would love to hear from you!




ECHUCA MOAMA Morrisons Winery Lunch EntreeCauliflower fritters and the grilled haloumi at Morrison’s Winery – image by Amy Martin


ECHUCA MOAMA KookaburraA little visitor who popped in to say hello at Morrison’s Winery – image by Amy Martin


Morrison’s Winery & Restaurant – 2 Merool Road, 

Phone (
03) 5480 0126

We were treated to a two-course lunch at Morrison’s in this gorgeous setting as part of the Wharf to Winery package. The package takes you from Echuca Wharf via steamboat directly to Morrison’s. Standouts from lunch were the cauliflower fritters and the grilled haloumi (both pictured above).


ECHUCA MOAMA Junction Moama beetroot saladRoasted beetroot baba ganoush dip with feta and beetroot crisps at Junction Moama

ECHUCA MOAMA Junction Moama saffron orzo with pumpkin and goats cheeseA standout dish at Junction Moama: Saffron orzo with pumpkin & goats cheese – image by Amy Martin



Junction Moama & Junction (Bar) – 6 Shaw Street, Moama

1800 806 777

Junction Moama opened its doors in December 2014 and is a gathering place celebrating the region’s finest. Junction is a bar and dining space located on the stunning Murray River in the picturesque Echuca Moama tourist district. We were treated to a 7-course chef’s tasting menu by Junction Moama’s
Head Chef Michael Giarrusso (formerly Fenix) as part of his Feed Me menu, which showcases the best of Junction Moama’s produce from the ‘border’. Highlights from this dining gem were the saffron orzo with pumpkin and goats cheese (pictured above), the roasted beetroot baba ganoush dip with feta and beetroot crisps, as well as the Jamaican jerk chicken with avocado and corn salsa, and dessert: banana rum semifreddo with salted hazelnut caramel and coffee crumble.

Consciousness: Head Chef Michael Giarrusso takes sourcing locally for his restaurant and bar menus very seriously. Given Junction Moama’s close location to growers, Michael can deal with them directly. For example, their zucchini flower supplier personally delivers orders and is able to provide an update on his crops and supply.

In terms of local produce, Junction Moama’s olive oil is from Cockatoo Grove, their fruit from The Pear Tree in Echuca and their pork comes from Bundarra Berkshire’s.


ECHUCA MOAMA Junction Moama - Cocktail loungeStunning decor details at Junction – image supplied by Junction Moama


Altis Architectures and Abeo Interiors who are responsible for the Junction and Junction Moama’s aesthetic, took a sustainable and environmentally friendly approach with some of the fit-out materials, using repurposed bricks, packing crates and verandah poles.



Explore the historic Port of Echuca on the Murray Esplanade.

Foodie sights of interest include: 
Pacdon Park (a traditional British fare store), 
and the Art Gallery
Farmer’s Market (about a 20 minute walk from the Port area.) Note: Free parking is available in the Port area.

Wharf to Winery package

Go on a paddle steamer cruise, grab lunch and enjoy a drink and wine tasting. The Wharf to Winery package combines all of this for just $75. This can be booked online via the Murray River Paddlesteamers website.


ECHUCA MOAMA Murray RiverA paddlesteamer on the Murray – image by Amy Martin


Paddlesteamer Cruise

Go on a paddle steamer cruise, it’s what the region is famous for! Cruises operate daily and tickets can be organised through the Echuca Wharf Ticket Office (57 Murray Esplanade, Echuca). More information on ticket prices here.


ECHUCA MOAMA Yurt at Talo Retreat MoamaSleeping in a Yurt! – image by Amy Martin


ECHUCA MOAMA Moama Junction inside Yurt Inside the stylish Yurt at Talo Retreat – image by Amy Martin



Talo Retreat – 69A Dungala Way Moama

Phone: (03) 5480 3031

Our contributor Amy, was hosted in a very stylish Yurt at the award-winning Talo Retreat in Moama surrounded by red gums. Stunning!