Murray River: Uncover the Striking Beauty of Australia’s Longest River
Welcome to the legendary Murray River, Australia’s longest and most iconic river. It’s also a state border, lifeblood to millions and an ideal base to experience the uniqueness of rural and regional Australia. With accommodation available right along the Murray, there’s something for every type of traveller.
The long, wide Murray is perfect for relaxed cruising, so its little wonder that the region has the largest fleet of active paddle steamers and houseboats in the world. Jump aboard a cruise from Mildura, Swan Hill, or the home of the paddle steamer, Echuca Moama, and enjoy the sense of nostalgia on your relaxing journey.
For those seeking a more adrenaline charged adventure, the Murray is one of Australia’s best destinations for water skiing and wakeboarding, with many towns also offering lessons for novices. For a real thrill, time your stay for the annual Southern 80 ski race in Echuca Moama or the Mildura 100 and experience the biggest adrenaline rush of all.
Tantalise your tastebuds
Rolling vineyards, farmers’ markets, riverside picnics and food and wine trails are key ingredients in the character of the Murray region, but there’s no better place to enjoy all the fine flavours of Australia’s food bowl than beside the Mighty Murray River itself. All along the river there are delightful wine regions from large-scale producers to boutique cellar doors, producing crisp whites and full-bodied reds. Enjoy local fresh produce at weekend farmers’ markets, and keep an eye out for roadside produce stalls along your journey for some hidden gems. The dining scene in the Murray has also blossomed in recent years, with country-style cafes and bakeries, fine dining restaurants, traditional pubs and multicultural eateries abundant throughout the region.
A Golfer’s Paradise
There are few better sights in Australia for a golfer than standing on the tee with driver in hand and staring down a par five at Yarrawonga’s Murray Course with Australia’s mightiest river by your side. With lush fairways, often bordered by spectacular Murray River Red Gums, challenging greens, welcoming club houses, on-course accommodation and a good year-round climate, the Murray region is a golfer’s paradise! So grab your mates and plan a brilliant golfing weekend away enjoying some outstanding courses along the Murray River.
Bring History to Life
The Murray is a place of legendary tales and rich heritage for you to experience in the historic towns, museums, walking tours and riverboat cruises that the region has to offer. Step back in time at Swan Hill’s Pioneer settlement, a faithful recreation of a 19th century port town and be sure to stay to see the Heartbeat of the Murray sound and light show, or discover ancient aboriginal history with indigenous guide at Mungo National Park. If you want to get off the beaten track, learn about Corowa’s contribution to federation at the Federation Museum, visit the historic homestead at Yanga National Park or experience a preserved 19th century homestead (and working brewery) at Byramine Homestead and Brewery.
From rolling mountains to renowned wetlands, the sheer diversity of the Murray landscapes and environments will astound you. Along the way you might run into a few of the locals including kangaroos, emus, goannas, kingfishers and cockatoos. Perhaps the region’s most famous natural inhabitant is the majestic river red gum. The oldest river red gums here have been around for over 500 years. Some of the best ways to experience these amazing places include kayaking in the beautiful Gunbower National Park or four-wheel driving through the river red gum forests. The national parks and state forests are filled with walking and driving tracks for all abilities to explore and marvel at this truly wonderful part of our country.
Events and Festivals
The Murray is a legendary place to revel in authentic Aussie culture, great music festivals and thrilling sporting prowess. From the iconic Deni Ute Muster to a five day paddling marathon and from world class waterskiing competitions to rocking music festivals, the Murray region is brimming with exciting events all throughout the year. With so much on offer, it pays to plan ahead and enjoy a range of events on offer. Whatever your interest may be, there’s an event or festival in the Murray region that you will love.