Welcome to the Customs House Echuca
Our philosophy is: "showcasing the best of the region, wine, food, art and attractions."
As a visitor to the Customs house you will enjoy an interactive experience presented by a knowledgeable staff. Positioned at the gateway to the Port of Echuca, 2 Leslie Street, this business was established by partners Jacqui Stevens and Sue McGowan in April 2012.
We see it as an opportunity to build on our existing businesses; Jacqui has Stevens Brook Estate in Moama and Sue with Echuca Moama Wine Tours.
The Echuca Customs House was constructed in 1884 to administer customs regulations for the inter-colonial trade that were payable, until 1901, on goods imported to Victoria from the colonies of New South Wales and South Australia; this function dates back to late 1854, prior to the construction of the current building.
It was one of only a small number of customs houses built on the Victorian side of the colonial border, and was the most important, situated as it was at the busy port of Echuca. The volume of trade at Echuca was greatly boosted after the arrival of a rail link to Melbourne in 1864. It was a site of competitive and often hostile relations between New South Wales and Victoria, and as such was as a key symbol of the economic need for the Federation of the Australian colonies, which had become critical by the 1890s.