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.
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 The 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.DestinationsAlbury WodongaA modern city with a country style, Albury Wodonga is a charming mix of heritage buildings, vibrant shopping precincts, and fine food and wine.Heritage buildingsBonegilla Migrant ExperienceVisit a rare surviving example of a post war migrant camp featuring remnant huts and buildings of Block 19, one of the original accommodation blocks.RestaurantsThe River DeckThe River Deck pride themselves on their meticulously created food matched with great service and an incredible location.The River Deck is situated in...GolfCommercial Golf CourseSituated in Albury and boasts a superbly presented course which features a set of consistently wonderful greens regarded as the best in country NSW and...Art galleriesMurray Art Museum AlburyMurray Art Museum Albury (MAMA) re-imagines what a gallery can be. More than a showcase for art, MAMA is an all-encompassing contemporary art experience...
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 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 Club Resort is today's chance to improve your handicap.DestinationsYarrawonga MulwalaThe twin towns of Yarrawonga Mulwala are home to beautiful Lake Mulwala and popular with golfers, anglers, water sports fanatics and bush walkers.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.GolfYarrawonga Mulwala Golf Club ResortLocated along side the Murray River, Yarrawonga Mulwala Golf Club Resort is a golfer's paradise with three courses and a driving range.The clubhouse has...Food & wineThe Farm Gate TrailTravel across the region and be tempted by everything from fresh fruit and vegetables, cheeses and olives to chocolates, wines and craft beers.Lakes & waterwaysLake MulwalaLake Mulwala is an unforgettable sight with its majestic and ghostly river red gums, and offers a range of activities for visitors and locals alike. Both...
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.DestinationsEchuca MoamaBoasting a warm climate, cultural festivals, great dining and myriad water-based activities, Echuca Moama is the perfect family getaway destination.History & heritagePort of Echuca Discovery CentrePort 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...Cruises & boat toursPS Emmylou Overnight & Daily River CruisesAll aboard. Join Murray River Paddlesteamers on PS Emmylou for a morning or afternoon tea cruise, or enjoy a relaxed lunch or dinner cruise as PS Emmylou...RestaurantsMorrisonsMorrisons is perfectly located on the mighty Murray River - just two kilometres downstream from the historic Port of Echuca Wharf. You can arrive by traditional...
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 Lake Boga 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.DestinationsSwan HillIn a fertile agricultural region, on the banks of the Murray River, Swan Hill is a top spot for fishing, great food and wine, and pioneer history.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.RestaurantsSpoons RiversideSettle in for top-notch seasonal and local produce, regional wines and a charming Little Murray River backdrop – yes, that includes paddle steamers.RestaurantsJava SpiceSit outside in authentic Balinese thatched huts set among tropical gardens and absorb the culinary delights of South East Asia.MuseumsLake Boga Flying Boat MuseumThe Lake Boga Flying Boat Museum is a Lake Boga Lions Club project and is a memorial to those who worked on and with the Flying Boats during World War...GolfMurray Downs Golf and Country ClubMurray Downs Golf and Country Club is located five minutes over the Murray River from Swan Hill. The club is highly regarded and brings the best that a...
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.DestinationsMilduraBordering the outback and surrounded by citrus groves and vineyards, Mildura offers endless sunshine, great food and wine, and lots of outdoor fun.National parks & reservesMungo National ParkSee native fauna, plants and birdlife, Aboriginal heritage and the spectacular lunar-landscape Great Walls of China in ancient Mungo National Park.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.History & heritageThe Chaffey Trail, MilduraThe 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 Mildura's...WineriesTrentham Estate WineryTrentham Estate is a family-owned winery, cellar door and restaurant, set right on the banks of the Murray River at Trentham Cliffs, just 15 minutes from...