In the 1860s to the early 1900’s, Echuca was a bustling port with paddle steamers ferrying people and goods all through the Murray, Darling and Murrumbidgee River systems.
By the early 1970’s, the port was derelict and unused. The council of the day decided that its paddle steamer heritage was unique and started restoration of the port.
Today the paddle steamers are making a comeback. Many old sunken boats are being repaired to their former glory.
Kevin Hutchinson is a Shipwright who has played a large role in the paddle steamer revival.
Echuca is a great example of how rural towns can use their heritage to establish tourism.