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History & heritage

Discover the Murray's rich Aboriginal history going back thousands of years, and learn how the riverboat trade route and colonial-era feats of engineering transformed the region into the vibrant Murray region we know today.

Ports and paddle steamers

Imagine back to a time where the Murray's ports were alive with paddle steamers and riverboats carrying cargo, traders, and colonial era residents up and down the Murray River. Today daily cruises operate out of Echuca, Mildura and Swan Hill. Hear about life as an early settler on the sound and light tour at the Swan Hill Pioneer Settlement, or stop by the first Australian-designed gaol in Wentworth.

Mungo Man and Mungo Lady

Discover the Murray's ancient Aboriginal heritage. The Murray region is imbued with thousands of years of Aboriginal settlement, with the remains of its oldest residents – the Mungo Man and Mungo Lady – found to be over 40,000 years old. Visit the Barmah Forest heritage and Education Centre in Nathalia to learn about the lives of Indigenous Australians and join a tour of the majestic Mungo National Park with a local Aboriginal guide to learn about the area's historical significance.

Mildura's Chaffey Trail

How did two Canadian brothers end up turning Mildura into the lush agricultural oasis it is today? Find out by following the Chaffey Trail in Mildura. Visit the Rio Vista museum, a mansion originally built by William Chaffey surrounded by river views and parkland. Take a detour later on to Chateau Mildura, a winery established in 1888 by the entrepreneurial brothers.

Rich Albury heritage

Be inspired by charismatic Albury, the largest city along the Murray River and often considered the gateway to the Murray due to its close proximity to Melbourne, Sydney and Canberra. Wander through the lively city centre on a self-guided Heritage Walking Tour. Download the app and spend a day exploring 21 sites spread across 13 locations, from the historic railway station and Beehive Buildings to the botanic gardens and old Waterstreet Hotel.

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Barmah Forest Heritage and Education Centre

Visit the Barmah Forest Heritage and Education Centre in Nathalia to discover and explore the colourful history of the Barmah National Park. Learn...

History & heritage

Red Cliffs Historical Steam Railway

The Red Cliffs Historical Steam Railway was formed in 1994 under the auspices of the Red Cliffs Rotary Club to operate the restored Kerr Stuart...

History & heritage

Pioneer Settlement

Take a journey back in time and experience Australian history up close at the Pioneer Settlement, located on the banks of the Marraboor River.

History & heritage

Ferguson Tractor Monument

Ferguson Tractor Monument is the world's first monument to a tractor. The monument was established by the people of Wentworth in honour of the TEA20...

History & heritage

Old Wentworth Gaol

The Old Wentworth Gaol took three years to build from 1879 and while it was not a place of comfort it was considered a slight step up from the usual...

History & heritage

Port of Echuca Discovery Centre

The Historic Port of Echuca precinct is an authentic working steam port, home to Australia's largest fleet of steam-driven paddlesteamers. Although...

Architecture & design

Bonegilla Migrant Experience

Visit a rare surviving example of a post war migrant camp featuring remnant huts and buildings of Block 19, one of the original accommodation blocks.

History & heritage

Lake View House

Lake View House is the childhood home of Henry Handel Richardson, pseudonym of Ethel Florence Richardson, author of 'The Getting of Wisdom' and...

History & heritage

PS Ruby Fotherby Park

PS Ruby Fotherby Park is a paddle steamer that has been lovingly restored to her former glory. Built in Morgan, South Australia in 1907, it was the...

Maritime history

Captain John Egge Statue

John Egge was born in Shanghai China in 1830. As a young man he worked a sampan on the Yangtze River. At 16 he sailed to Australia as cabin boy with...

History & heritage

Rendelsham (known as the Nunnery)

Rendelsham (known as the Nunnery) was the original home of Wentworth's first Mayor, William Gunn. Today you can visit the house of the first major...

History & heritage

Dow's Pharmacy

Built in 1859 and bought by Hilda and Roy Dow in 1929, the unique Dow's Pharmacy displays a fascinating history of a country pharmacy with its...

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Relive the glory days of the pioneer era and take in the sights along the way with a journey down the Murray River on an historic paddle steamer.

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Nature and wildlife

Venture into the diverse terrain of the Murray region – farmland, red gum forests, wetlands and even desert – and cross paths with the local fauna.

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Aboriginal Victoria

Find sites of significance along the Murray River and visit Mungo National Park, home of Mungo Man and Woman whose remains date back 42,000 years.

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Art and culture

Linger in a local museum or gallery to glimpse iconic artworks and local art, brush up on riverboat history or experience life as a pioneer.