The Murray plays host to many high profile events throughout the year. Join in the fun, frivolity and competition at music and food and wine festivals, sporting events and art expos.
Travel up to Mildura in March for the Mildura Wentworth Arts Festival or, for the literary types, the Mildura Writers Festival in July is a must. September brings the Mildura Country Music Festival, Australia's biggest showcase of independent country music artists. The Mildura Jazz and Wine Festival in November combines the best of Australian modern and traditional jazz with the opportunity to sample the region's fine wines. Lastly, the biennial Mildura Palimpsest is a visual arts event that promotes artists' engagement with the cultural and natural environment of the Mildura and Murray Darling region.
The Riverboats Music Festival, held each February in Echuca-Moama, is another celebration of jazz, rock and blues, enjoyed with great food and wine alongside the Murray River. For a change of pace, catch the Club Marine Southern 80 in February, the largest waterskiing race in the world, which attracts over 40,000 spectators.
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In December, try your luck at the Cod Opening Classic, Australia's largest inland fresh water fishing competition or head to Albury Wodonga for the Murray Masters Golf Pro Am, a PGA sanctioned tournament held over five days which attracts both international players and local professionals.