The Historic Port of Echuca precinct is an authentic working steam port, home to Australia's largest fleet of steam-driven paddle steamers. Although its major commodity has changed overtime from wool to people, the Port of Echuca demonstrates life in the 1860s, with our shipwrights and steam engineers providing a vital role in the Port's operations today just as they would have in the late 1800s.

Our collection

Port of Echuca Collection (1975)

The Collection is under the custodianship of the Campaspe Port Enterprise and the themes have been developed to preserve, educate and inform the community and visitors about the history and development of the Port of Echuca during the busiest time period between 1850-1920. The focus of the collection is the Heritage Listed Echuca Wharf built in 1864 and the three paddlesteamers P.S Pevensey, P.S Alexander Arbuthnot and P.S Adelaide dating from 1866. The collection also includes steam traction engines, stationary boilers, a replica sawmill, rail carriages, large farm machinery and other objects including winches, drawings, maps and river charts.

Themes: Connecting Victorians by transport and communications, Transforming and managing land and natural resources, Building towns, cities and the garden state