Explore regional Victoria’s fascinating colonial and Gold Rush history on this epic boutique tour. 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.
12 hours (approx.)
Tue, Thu, Sat
Selected CBD hotels & St Paul’s Cathedral
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'This bespoke small group tour (which can also be booked as a private tour with a group of four or more guests), is a sensational way to see a lot of regional Victoria in one day out from Melbourne. Step back in time in the elegant gold rush city of Bendigo and take a riverboat journey on the iconic Murray River. It's a big day, but well worth every minute!' - Editor
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.
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 your tours. Please print the confirmation or have it available on your smart phone.
This tour operates with a minimum of four participants. If you have a smaller group, please email [email protected] with your requested travel date and the number of passengers, and we will advise you of availability.
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.
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