Touring the Murray
Albury Wodonga to Mildura
659 km/412 miles, about 8.5 hours
Experience the mighty Murray River – one of the world's great rivers. Follow its serpentine path from the mountains of the Great Dividing Range in north-east Victoria to the desert country and wide open plains of South Australia. Explore the towns dotted along the river as it makes its way to the ocean, sample local food and fresh produce from Victoria's food bowl, and discover the rich Aboriginal heritage and pioneer history of the region.
Albury Wodonga to Echuca-Moama
242 km/150 miles, about 3.25 hours
The Murray River winds its way from its mountain source to the town of Wodonga, a major inland centre that, with its sister city Albury, straddles the river at the Victoria–New South Wales border. Wodonga is popular with water sports enthusiasts for its close proximity to both the river and the capacious Lake Hume.
Head east 90 minutes upstream to the river's source and Corryong, the town where the Man From Snowy River legend was born. The road back to Wodonga passes by Tallangatta, and the gateway to some of the best freshwater fishing in Victoria.
Downstream from Wodonga is the famous wine centre, Rutherglen. The fertile ground and mild climate produce crisp, modern-style whites and robust red wines, plus its famous muscats and tokays. Call in at the Rutherglen Wine Experience & Visitor Information Centre to sample wines produced by leading wineries, including All Saints Estate, Brown Brothers and Gehrig Estate.
Half an hour downstream is Yarrawonga-Mulwala. Fish for Murray cod, improve your golf handicap at the largest public-access golf course in Australia, water ski, or just relax on the banks of Lake Mulwala while enjoying the famous temperate climate.
HighlightsWine regionsRutherglen wine regionSpend a few days in and around Rutherglen exploring the 21 cellar doors in close proximity. Sample the iconic fortifieds and a new breed of wines.Outdoor activitiesWater sportsFrom waterskiing, wakeboarding and canoeing to paddle steamer rides and houseboat trips, experience the Murray region from out on the water.Outdoor activitiesFishingWhether a novice or a serious angler, come cast a line for the famed Murray cod, trout or golden perch in the rivers and lakes of the Murray region.Outdoor activitiesGolfThe Murray is a year-round golfing haven that stretches from Albury to Mildura. Tee off on a course along the banks of the beautiful Murray River.Visitor information centresRutherglen Wine Experience and Visitor Information Centre57 Main Street, Rutherglen
Ph 1800 622 871
Echuca-Moama to Swan Hill
153 km/97 miles, about 2 hours
The world's largest fleet of operating paddle steamers steam along the Murray River and berth at the Port of Echuca, an historic area dotted with cafes, shops and restaurants like Oscar W's.
Relax on the deck of a paddle steamer, get wet water skiing or swimming, or tee off on one of the many outstanding golf courses. Each year the popular, outdoor Riverboats Music Festival draws thousands of visitors for a weekend of top local and international acts.
Half an hour from Echuca is Barmah National Park, Barmah Wetlands and the biggest stand of river red gum on earth. Explore by car, on foot, on a cruise boat or in a hired canoe. Home to the Yorta Yorta people, this is also a haven for native animals and birds.
Swan Hill, a town with a rich colonial past that is on display at the Pioneer Settlement, a re-creation of a port town. There are quality golf courses around Swan Hill, as well as great water skiing and fishing.
Cruise the Murray in a houseboat. Houseboat hire is available at Echuca, Swan Hill, Mildura and Wentworth, with sleek vessels offering all mod cons for solo sailors or groups.
HighlightsBoatingHouseboatsMake the Murray River your home for a while and take a relaxed holiday on your own fully-equipped, luxury houseboat.National parks & reservesBarmah National ParkTake a trip out to the Sun Country and discover an adventure lover's paradise, which is home to the largest River Red Gum forest in the world.History & heritagePort of Echuca Discovery CentreThe 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 Australia's...FestivalsRiverboats Music FestivalJoin thousands of visitors as they descend on Echuca-Moama for three days of first-class entertainment and the very best in regional food and wine.BoatingPaddle steamersRelive 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.History & heritagePioneer SettlementTake a journey back in time and experience Australian history up close at the Pioneer Settlement, located on the banks of the Marraboor River.
Swan Hill to Mildura
264km/165 miles, about 3.25 hours
The journey from Swan Hill to Mildura takes you from river bushland to a stunning desert environment.
Mildura is an oasis beside the magnificent Murray. Stroll along the riverbanks, or fish, water ski or cruise its wide waters on an historic paddle steamer. The Murray provides a stunning backdrop to restaurants and wineries, including Stefano's restaurant, famous for its use of the best local produce.
With seemingly perennial sunshine, Mildura is a popular destination for outdoor dining, relaxing in the sun, a round of golf on one of the fine local courses, or joining one of the annual celebrations, such as the Jazz, Food & Wine Festival in November.
The Murray-Sunset National Park is a stunning park comprising four distinct wilderness zones - billabongs near the Murray River, native pine woodlands, red sand dunes and saltbush flats. See seasonal wildflowers, abundant bird life, red kangaroos, breathtaking sunsets, and the Pink Lakes, which turn a vivid colour in late summer.
HighlightsNational parks & reservesPink Salt LakesSet up camp out in the Murray Sunset National Park and watch the vivid colours of the famous Pink Lakes change from deep pink to bright white.Food & wineMurray Darling and Swan Hill wine regionsTaste traditional wines, including smooth-drinking shiraz and flavoursome chardonnay, as well as alternative varieties such as nebbiolo and durif.National parks & reservesMurray-Sunset National ParkMurray-Sunset National Park, in Victoria's far north-west corner, is in one of the few remaining semi-arid regions in the world where the environment is...RestaurantsStefano'sLeave your menu choices with super chef Stefano de Pieri, whose flawless taste has earned his iconic restaurant a hat in the Good Food Guide 2019.Outdoor activitiesGolfThe Murray is a year-round golfing haven that stretches from Albury to Mildura. Tee off on a course along the banks of the beautiful Murray River.