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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 land 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, Yarrawonga-Mulwala 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 tens of 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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Heritage buildings

Tungamah Heritage Trail

Located just 30 kilometres south of Yarrawonga and the Murray River, the Tungamah Heritage Walk takes you past numerous historic buildings in 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...

History & heritage

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

Military History in the Girgarre Township

Outside attractions on parkland in Station Street Girgarre include the Cenotaph (opposite the RSL Building) and a short 100 metre walk to a...

History & heritage

Calder Woodburn Memorial Avenue

In 1945, Mr Fen Woodburn planted 1,406 trees along the Goulburn Valley Highway as a tribute to his son. Calder Woodburn died while serving in France...

History & heritage

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...

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

Murchison Ossario

During World War II, 4000 Italian, German and Japanese Prisoners of War were detained at Murchison. Those who died at Murchison were buried in the...

Heritage buildings

Cobram Log Cabin

The Log Cabin situated at Federation Park in Cobram is a preserved settler house with some exhibits inside the building. It is one of the original...

History & heritage

Port of Echuca Discovery Centre

Port of Echuca Discovery Centre invites you to come walk the path of Echuca's river pioneers. A visit will allow you to explore the legend of...

History & heritage

Nathalia War Memorial

The Nathalia War Memorial commemorates those who have served and those who have died in the various conflicts that Australia has been involved in....

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