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Journey along Australia's longest river and replenish the soul, reconnect with nature and share the best of the outdoor life amid sunny climes. Splash around on sandy river beaches with the kids, wander through towering red gum forests and savour the famous food, wine and local produce. Delve into the past at open-air museums and indigenous cultural sites, hitch a ride on an historic paddle steamer, or captain your own houseboat and explore the winding waterways of the mighty Murray River.

Explore the best of the Murray River on our seven-day getaway road trip.

Day one

Murray River getaway

Fly in to the twin towns of Albury Wodonga, the perfect blend of country pace and city lifestyle featuring historic buildings, vibrant shopping precincts and tree-lined gardens. It's also an excellent base for cycling, mountain biking and exploring rail trails around the shores of Lake Hume.

Take some time to get to know Australia's largest rural city, then enjoy a leisurely lunch with views of the mighty Murray River at River Deck Cafe.

If you're a golfer, you're set for the day at Thurgoona Country Club Resort and Commercial Golf Club, designed by five-time British Open champion Peter Thomson.

Art lovers and history buffs are also in luck. Catch a visiting exhibition by renowned Australian or international artists at the excellent Murray Art Museum Albury (MAMA), and discover Australia's migrant history at the Bonegilla Migrant Experience. Built in 1947, Block 19 Bonegilla was Australia's first migration reception centre.

Late afternoon calls for a tipple at Border Wine Rooms or a refreshing ale at Goods Shed Craft Brewery. Dinner (should you nab a reservation) will take you inside the historic former Wodonga railway station to Miss Amelie, where chef David Kapay will dazzle you with his modern European menu.

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Day two

Murray River getaway

Another day, another twin city. Day two sees you getting to know Yarrawonga Mulwala and expansive Lake Mulwala, a hotspot for boating and water sports. Make the most of it and learn to waterski or kayak, or drop a line into the lake and catch your own dinner.

Otherwise known as Sun Country, the area features plenty of sunshine and a wide-open landscape. Grab your basket and follow the Sun County Farm Gate Trail, stocking up on fresh local produce from farm gates for the journey ahead.

Venture into Barmah National Park, home to the largest River Red Gum forest in the world and hundreds of species of native birds. The national park is another top spot for outdoor adventures – it's a high adrenaline day in Sun Country.

You wouldn't be in the Murray region if there wasn't a world-class golf course, and Black Bull and Yarrawonga Mulwala Golf Resort is today's chance to improve your handicap.

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Day three/four

Murray River getaway

Take a couple of days and surrender to the charms of Echuca Moama, Australia's paddle steamer capital. Equal parts history and adventure, it's where you can fulfil the Murray's greatest experiences, a ride on a restored paddle steamer and a stay on a luxury houseboat.

Dive right into the Port of Echuca Discovery Centre, and learn about Echuca's long history as one of the busiest ports on the Murray. Take a day or night-time river cruise aboard the PS Emmylou, an authentic paddle steamer, and imagine the bustling riverine trade routes of old.

Step out of the past and into the present for a dinner to remember at Morrisons, nestled amid bushland right on the riverfront. Then let the gentle ripples of this mighty river lull you to sleep in your luxury houseboat accommodation.

Dedicate your second day in Echuca Moama to water sports, consolidating your waterskiing or giving paddle boarding a go. Catch your own lunch with a spot of fishing, or let the professionals take care of it at the restored packing shed restaurant Perricoota Station.

Discover why the sunny Murray region is known as Victoria's food bowl. Find a vineyard in the middle of the Echuca State Forest at Cape Horn Winery. Get treated to good old fashioned hospitality as you follow the Backroads Trail, a path of signposted sites that encourage you to explore the story of the area, taste the produce of the region and enjoy extra attractions off the beaten track. You're guaranteed to find a comfy bed for the night in an old homestead or quirky B&B.

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Day five

Murray River getaway

Continue exploring the Backroads Trail as you make your way to bustling Swan Hill, where the pioneering history is as rich as the contemporary dining scene.

Get a glimpse of life as an early settler at the Pioneer Settlement. The streets, shops, homesteads and community buildings bring to life a nineteenth-century port town. Don't miss the Heartbeat of the Murray laser, fire and water spectacular. For a bit of history from another era, check out the Flying Boat Museum.

Golfers itching to get back on the green can play the Murray Downs Golf Club, the Murray's highest rating golf and country club. Those not so keen can sit and watch river life go by from Spoons Riverside, where the best in local produce is showcased along with select regional wines. Alternatively, sit outside at Java Spice's Balinese thatched huts and enjoy South-East Asian fare.

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Day six/seven

Murray River getaway

From Swan Hill, head up the Murray Valley and Sturt highways via Robinvale to Mildura, an oasis on the edge of the outback. Highlights include a paddle steamer cruise or a sunset kayaking trip on Kings Billabong, but you can't go past immersing yourself in the otherworldly landscapes of Mungo National Park.

After days spent pursuing the bountiful fresh produce around the region, it's worth experiencing the Chaffey Trail and learning how irrigation opened up the Murray and created Australia's food bowl. That will set you up nicely for a tour of Trentham Estate Winery, Sunraysia Cellars, Fossey's Gin and Mildura Brewery. To top it off, no trip to Mildura – and the Murray region – is complete without a meal at Stefano's, a Victorian icon.

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