Duration: 12 hours (approx.)

5 stars

Editor's summary:

Explore regional Victoria’s fascinating colonial and Gold Rush history on this epic small group Bendigo, Echuca and Murray River Tour from Melbourne. You’ll visit the underground Central Deborah Gold Mine, traverse the wonderful Victorian city of Bendigo by historic tram, visit the river port town of Echuca and cruise along the mighty Murray River on a heritage paddle steamer.


☆ Venture underground on a gold mine tour

☆ Enjoy a tour of Bendigo on the Vintage Talking Tram

☆ Visit historic Echuca on the banks of the mighty Murray River

☆ Take a cruise along the Murray on board a restored paddle steamer

☆ Maximum group size: 11.


☆ Guided small group tour with commentary

☆ Comfortable air-conditioned transport

☆ Friendly and knowledgeable local guide

☆ CBD hotel pick-up and drop-off

☆ Central Deborah Goldmine underground tour

☆ Vintage Talking Tram tour of Bendigo

☆ Paddle steamer cruise on the Murray River.

What you can expect

This wonderful small group Bendigo, Echuca and Murray River Tour from Melbourne will introduce you to some of Victoria’s most important chapters: from the Gold Rush era of the 1850s to 19th century life on the famous Murray River.

You’ll be picked up from your CBD hotel and head northwest from the city in air-conditioned comfort towards the historic regional city of Bendigo. Along the way you’ll take in the stunning rural scenery and catch a glimpse of yesteryear in the small towns that dot the former Victorian Goldfields region. On arrival in stately Bendigo, you’ll be enchanted by the wealth of well-preserved Victorian architecture.

The first stop on this Bendigo, Echuca and Murray River Tour from Melbourne is the Central Deborah Goldmine for an underground tour to learn how gold was mined by hand and how it shaped this part of Victoria.

Back on the surface, you’ll have time for a stroll and a coffee or tea in one of Bendigo’s many fabulous cafes (own expense) before jumping on the famous Vintage Talking Tram for a city tour. The tour takes in many of the landmarks that were built on the back of the Victorian Gold Rush. After the tour, you’ll have a chance to explore the old tram yards, where there are several antique trams on display.

From Bendigo, the tour heads north to the river port town of Echuca – set on the banks of the famous Murray River. This workhorse of Australian waterways played a key role in the early colonisation of regional Australia and continues to be the lifeblood of agriculture along its course. After a break for lunch in town (own expense), you’ll have the opportunity to board a restored paddle steamer for a leisurely cruise up the river.

Following the cruise, you’ll bid this magnificent part of Victoria farewell and head back to Melbourne – arriving at your CBD hotel in time for dinner.

For history lovers, this Bendigo, Echuca and Murray River Tour from Melbourne is packed with magic moments. Enjoy the heritage, hospitality and natural beauty of a truly amazing part of Australia.

Pricing, dates and bookings

Best price guarantee: If you find this tour elsewhere at a cheaper price, we will beat it by 10%. Some conditions apply. There are no booking or credit card fees when you book this tour with The Big Bus tour and travel guide.

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Bendigo, Echuca and Murray River Tour from Melbourne
Runs: Daily
Departs at: 7am
Departs from: Selected CBD hotels and St Paul’s Cathedral

Please make your booking below. Once your booking has been completed, a confirmation document will be sent to your email address.


Important information

Once your booking is completed, a confirmation document will be sent automatically to your email address, including hotel pick-up details and operator contact information for the day. Please print the confirmation or have it available on your smart phone. Please refer to the booking confirmation for your confirmed pick-up time.

This tour operates with a minimum of four participants. Your booking may be on request initially (unless minimum numbers have already been reached). We should be able to confirm the tour within a day or two. Where a tour does not proceed, you will be offered an alternative or a full refund. If you have a smaller group, please email [email protected] with your requested travel date and the number of passengers, and we will advise availability.

Hotel pick-ups are generally between 6.30 and 7am.

Please dress appropriately for the season and wear suitable footwear.

This tour operates in all weather conditions.


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