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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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Gold rush history

Murchison Rail Trail

A line from Murchison East on the Shepparton railway was constructed to the gold mining town of Rushworth in 1890 and extended to Colbinabbin in...

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...

History & heritage

Wentworth Wharf

Originally built in 1879 the Wentworth Wharf plays an essential role in Wentworth's rich history. The wharf was originally built using local timber...

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Former Customs Officers Residence

The Former Customs Officers Residence was an integral part of the busy Port of Wentworth during the late 1800's. The Customs Office was constructed...

History & heritage

Murchison Ossario

During World War II 4,000 Italian, German and Japanese Prisoners of War were detained at Murchison. Those who died at Murchison were buried in the...

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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...

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Private Robert Mactier Statue

The Robert Mactier statue is situated in the VC Memorial Garden in Hogan Street in Tatura and was unveiled in October 2014. It acknowledges 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

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...

History & heritage

The Chaffey Trail, Mildura

The Chaffey Trail is the story of how Mildura became an irrigated oasis in the midst of an arid land and Australia's First Irrigation Colony. Trace...

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Possum Statue

The Possum Statue is a life size statue of a man known as "The Possum", who when disgruntled by life during the "Great Depression" took to living off...

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...

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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.

Boating

Paddle steamers

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.