The Murray

Highlights

The Murray River

Flowing from its source in the Snowy Mountains, the Murray River joins the Darling River at Wentworth NSW and then flows to the Southern Ocean. The Murray River region has been inhabited by humans for over 40,000 years and is a haven for adventure and water activities including the famous paddle steamer, water skiing, fishing, boating or a peaceful paddle down the river.

  • Children jump from their houseboat into the Murray River
  • Barmah Wetlands Murray River

The Murray region garners its character from the winding Murray River and has a rich heritage, agricultural background along with warm country charm. The area is also home to a wide range of attractions including national parks, lakeside towns, beaches, vineyards and a large collection of museums.

Visit the region’s cosmopolitan twin towns, Albury-Wodonga, and discover the town’s blend of city style and country hospitality. Admire the lush vineyards and idyllic pastoral settings of Corowa, Howlong and Rutherglen, located between the mountains and the mouth of the Murray River. The towns of Culcairn, Henty and Holbrook sit in the agricentre of the region and offer history, nature, and many country and agricultural fairs.

Dubbed the Sun Country, the twin towns of Mulwala-Yarrawonga are located on the banks of the Murray River and Lake Mulwala, and are a great destination for a wide range of water activities. History abounds in the Balranald area in sites such as the dry Lake Mungo. Visit Deniliquin, regarded as the events capital of the area, and enjoy riverside beaches and award-winning caravan and holiday resorts.

Enjoy a cruise down the Murray River in Echucha-Moama, known as Australia’s paddlesteamer capital. For another type of holiday by the water, the gorgeous beaches bordering the town of Tocumwal are an ideal location for a getaway. Explore Barham on the banks of the Murray River, with lakes and nearby red gum forests to explore.

Discover the striking beauty of Mungo National Park by basing yourself in the towns of Pooncarie or Wentworth. Just a 20-minute drive away, Mildura blossoms with rows of orchards and vineyards and is a gateway to Outback NSW.

  • Canoeing on the Murray River in the Barmah - Millewa Wetlands within Barmah National Park

    River Activities

    Cruise down the Murray Rivers slow-moving water, home to one of the largest fleet of active paddlesteamers and houseboats in the world. The Murray is also a popular fishing destination known for Australia's largest freshwater fish, the legendary native Murray cod. Enjoy other river activities such as waterskiing, canoeing and kayaking.

  • Camping beside the Murray River

    Nature

    The natural surroundings of the Murray area are characterised by a diversity of landscapes and environments, ranging from lush bush to shifting red sands. The area is home to a semi-desert, lakes, rivers, Red Gum forests, bushland, and national parks including Mungo National Park and Hattah-Kulkyne National Park.

  • Dining on the Murray River

    Food and Wine

    Featuring a number of wine regions as well as a lively agricultural scene, the Murray offers outstanding wine and fresh produce. The area is known for its citrus orchards and berry farms, and is home to some of Australia's largest stone and dried fruit industries. Dine on Mildura's Feastreet, located on Langtree Avenue between 7th and 8th Streets.

  • Historic paddlesteamer on the Murray River

    Heritage and Culture

    Immerse yourself in local history by visiting Pioneer Settlement, Swan Hills re-creation of a 19th century port town. Ride an authentic steam paddleboat at Echuca's Heritage Port Precinct and check out Mildura's Rio Vista, a classic Victorian home. The area is also home to sacred Aboriginal sites with evidence of ancient settlement all along the river.

  • Fishing for Murray Cod on the Murray River

    Fishing

    The Murray River is home to a range of fish species including the Murray cod, scallop, catfish, bream and many types of native trout. Enjoy bait and lure fishing in this prime fishing location, where access points can be found along most of its length. Explore the other key rivers in the area, including the Edwards, Wakool, Niemur and Lachlan Rivers.

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Local areas

  • Albury-Wodonga In Albury-Wodonga, enjoy cycling, hiking, or a leisurely lake cruise and explore the Wonga Wetlands
  • Balranald Balranald is the gateway to World Heritage-listed Mungo National Park.
  • Barham Pretty Barham straddles the Murray River and offers relaxing riverside breaks, great fishing and natural bea
  • Corowa Visit Corowa, the birthplace of Australian Federation, and uncover stories of rural life and politics.
  • Culcairn Culcairn, a lush country town in the Riverina, boasts tree-lined streets, pretty parks and the Culcairn Bike
  • Deniliquin In the ute capital of the world, wander through Deniliquin's Waring Gardens with its lagoons and trees.
  • Echuca Moama Discover the riverboat pageantry of yesteryear.
  • Henty Henty has quaint antique shops and parkland at Billabong Creek, where you can see flora and fauna on nature
  • Holbrook Holbrook is home to picturesque parklands and bushwalks, heritage buildings and submarine history.
  • Howlong This historic township on the Murray River is perfect if you enjoy playing golf, sampling wine or fishing.
  • Mildura Mildura offers a full holiday experience with educational tours, fine dining, sports and leisure activities.
  • Mulwala-Yarrawonga These towns are popular for golf, boating, fishing and waterskiing
  • Pooncarie From quiet Pooncarie, take a houseboat holiday, explore Mungo National Park, or take in Pooncarie Field Day.
  • Tocumwal Tocumwal's famous thermals attract gliding enthusiasts from all over the world to the Tocumwal Aerodrome.
  • Wentworth At the Darling-Murray confluence, significant site for fossilised megafauna in Mungo National Park