Bendigo, Echuca and Murray River Tour from Melbourne (optional private tour)

  • Duration: 12 hours (approx.)
  • Operates: Daily
  • Departs from: Selected CBD hotels & St Paul’s Cathedral
  • Departs at: 6.00am

Overview

Explore regional Victoria’s fascinating colonial and Gold Rush history on this epic day tour from Melbourne. You’ll visit an underground gold mine, traverse the elegant Victorian city of Bendigo by tram, and cruise along the mighty Murray River on a heritage paddle steamer.

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Bendigo, Echuca and Murray River Tour from Melbourne
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Keith S (Via TripAdvisor)

‘Excellent trip. We enjoyed the views of the countryside out of Melbourne and were lucky enough to see a kangaroo! The ride on a vintage tram in Bendigo is a treat. There is also a very interesting and informative tour of the Central Deborah gold mine. The trip on the beautiful Murray River on a paddle boat is lovely, as is the visit to Echuca. All this is accompanied done by a professional, friendly and informative guide. I would highly recommend this tour.’

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'Excellent trip. We enjoyed the views of the countryside out of Melbourne and were lucky enough to see a kangaroo! The ride on a vintage tram in Bendigo is a treat. There is also a very interesting and informative tour of the Central Deborah gold mine. The trip on the beautiful Murray River on a paddle boat is lovely, as is the visit to Echuca. All this is accompanied done by a professional, friendly and informative guide. I would highly recommend this tour.'- Keith S (Via TripAdvisor)
  • Duration: 12 hours (approx.)
  • Operates: Daily
  • Departs from: Selected CBD hotels & St Paul’s Cathedral
  • Departs at: 6.00am
$180.00

  • See some of the most historic parts of regional Victoria
  • Venture underground on a tour of the Central Deborah Gold Mine in Bendigo
  • 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.
  • 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.

  • Keith S – Via TripAdvisor

    Excellent trip. We enjoyed the views of the countryside out of Melbourne and were lucky enough to see a kangaroo! The ride on a vintage tram in Bendigo is a treat. There is also a very interesting and informative tour of the Central Deborah gold mine. The trip on the beautiful Murray River on a paddle boat is lovely, as is the visit to Echuca. All this is accompanied done by a professional, friendly and informative guide. I would highly recommend this tour. Everyone is so friendly, and we would love to come back!

  • Highlights
    • See some of the most historic parts of regional Victoria
    • Venture underground on a tour of the Central Deborah Gold Mine in Bendigo
    • 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.
  • What's Included
    • 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 historical chapters — from the gold rush era of the 1850s to early 20th 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 on the banks of the Murray. This workhorse of Australian waterways played a key role in the 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.

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  • Guest Reviews

    • Keith S – Via TripAdvisor

      Excellent trip. We enjoyed the views of the countryside out of Melbourne and were lucky enough to see a kangaroo! The ride on a vintage tram in Bendigo is a treat. There is also a very interesting and informative tour of the Central Deborah gold mine. The trip on the beautiful Murray River on a paddle boat is lovely, as is the visit to Echuca. All this is accompanied done by a professional, friendly and informative guide. I would highly recommend this tour. Everyone is so friendly, and we would love to come back!

  • Important Information
    • Once your booking has been completed, an order confirmation will be sent automatically to your email address. You will also receive a booking confirmation with hotel pick-up details and operator contact information for the day. Please print the confirmation or have it available on your smart phone.
    • This tour operates with a minimum of five participants. Your booking may be on request initially, but 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.
    • This tour can be booked as a guaranteed private tour for five or more participants at the standard tour price per person. If you have less than five people, but you still wish to travel privately, you can book and pay for the additional seat(s) to secure a private booking. Please contact us to make your booking.
    • This tour has one standard price for adults and children.
    • The itinerary provided is a guide only and may change due to operational requirements.
    • This tour operates in all weather conditions.
    • To purchase a gift voucher, please click here.
    • Do you have a group enquiry? Please contact us.
    • View our booking terms and conditions here.
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 historical chapters — from the gold rush era of the 1850s to early 20th 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 on the banks of the Murray. This workhorse of Australian waterways played a key role in the 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.

Important Information
  • Once your booking has been completed, an order confirmation will be sent automatically to your email address. You will also receive a booking confirmation with hotel pick-up details and operator contact information for the day. Please print the confirmation or have it available on your smart phone.
  • This tour operates with a minimum of five participants. Your booking may be on request initially, but 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.
  • This tour can be booked as a guaranteed private tour for five or more participants at the standard tour price per person. If you have less than five people, but you still wish to travel privately, you can book and pay for the additional seat(s) to secure a private booking. Please contact us to make your booking.
  • This tour has one standard price for adults and children.
  • The itinerary provided is a guide only and may change due to operational requirements.
  • This tour operates in all weather conditions.
  • To purchase a gift voucher, please click here.
  • Do you have a group enquiry? Please contact us.
  • View our booking terms and conditions here.
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