Echuca is located in the Campaspe region, located on the VIC / NSW border around 206km from Melbourne. It is home to approximately 14,500 people.

The city of Echuca is the closest settlement on the Murray River to Melbourne. Named after the Aboriginal word for ‘the meeting of the waters’, the historic Port of Echuca sits on the junction of the Murray and Campaspe rivers and just downstream from the Goulburn River. It is Australia’s Paddle Steamer capital.

Echuca was once the state’s most substantial inland river port. Paddle steamers traded along the Murray and Darling Rivers almost as far as the Queensland border and brought their cargoes of wool to Echuca for transport to the Port of Melbourne. Echuca’s largest industries nowadays are Manufacturing, retail, accommodation and health.


The University of Melbourne manages student accommodation at Echuca. Visit the accommodation page on the website for more details via the following link: Accommodation

For other accommodation options, see the ‘useful links’ below.


Useful Links

Health Service Information:

Going rural health support

You may be eligible for Going Rural Health financial assistance to support a placement in Echuca. Please visit the Student Support Scheme page for more details HERE.



For more information and general enquiries:


Phone: (03) 8344 6791



Thanks to Mattinbgn at Wikimedia Commons for the use of pictures.