At just over 200 km from the Melbourne CBD, Echuca-Moama is the closest River Murray destination from Melbourne.
There are a couple of beaches in these twin towns and one of the easiest to reach is Moama Beach. The beach is
located on the New South Wales side of the river, in the shadow of the bridge that connects Victoria to New South Wales in this area.
The beach here is fairly representative of what you can expect along many River Murray towns.
Above: The beach looking across to the wharf
The beach itself about 100 m long and 15 m wide, but it is also reasonably steep for a beach. The current is
strong only a few metres from the shore, so you need to stay close to the water's edge. The beach has a view of
Echuca Wharf and you can see and hear the paddlesteamers coming and going.
In the background is the constant
click-clack of cars going across the bridge from Victoria to New South Wales and vice versa, which could prove annoying
for some, but I found it adds to the sense of place of the beach.
The current in the River Murray is very strong and people regularly drown in it. For even experienced swimmers,
this river commands respect. Never swim outside of your comfort zone or you will end up getting washed away to South Australia.
Like a rip at the beach, if you get into trouble, swim across the current, not against it.
The River Murray is mostly an irrigation channel and runs bankfull in many places during spring and early summer.
The best time to swim is in late summer or early autumn when submerged beaches re-appear and the current is less swift.
Essential Information Before You Go:
Blair St, Moama, New South Wales
From the Cobb Hwy, turn south into Blair Street and follow the signs on the unsealed
road down to the beach. 2WD ok. Echuca-Moama is 800 km south west of Sydney and 220 km north of Melbourne.
Boat winch, bin. Toilets are a short drive away near the Blair St / Cobb Hwy roundabout.
Maximum water depth:
Greater than 2 metres
Minimum swimming proficiency required:
Prohibitions including whether you can bring your dog:
No littering, no camping, no fires, no trail bikes, no cars, no alcohol.
Limited to no shade available on the beach except for under the bridge
Camping is not permitted at Moama Beach. If you are planning to stay overnight in the area you can try
accommodation in Echuca
Murray Shire Council
Skate park on Blair Street and the old boats at the slipway
Before you head out, make sure to read the
swimming safety information
. Specific to this site, the managing authority advises that there
are strong currents, boats, falling branches, submerged objects and deep water.
The marker indicates the approximate location of the beach.
Change of Conditions:
I am not currently aware of any change of conditions reported at this site by the managing authority, or by swimmers on this website.
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