The Murray

Highlights

Tour aboard paddle-steamers, explore nation-making heritage, and enjoy wine tasting and golf in The Murray. The iconic Murray River is a great destination for water sports, fishing, canoeing and houseboat holidays. You’ll discover spectacular national parks and World Heritage landscapes, too.

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

About The Murray

Discover wonderful experiences and spectacular natural beauty in The Murray, named after the mighty Murray River winding through the region. You can ride paddle-steamers, enjoy fun river activities and riverside camping, explore intriguing heritage, and visit wineries and cellar doors.

The iconic river flows from the pristine Snowy Mountains down to Albury and joins the Darling River in Wentworth, in far south-western NSW, and then winds to the Southern Ocean. From Albury to Wentworth, and in the charming towns in between, are many memorable things to do and see.

The confluence Murray, Darling Rivers

Fishing, canoeing, swimming, waterskiing and sailplaning are popular. There are sandy river beaches and pretty riverbank picnic spots. Magnificent national parks range from the protected wetlands and majestic river red gums of Murray Valley and Barmah to World Heritage-listed Mungo National Park.

The heritage and culture of The Murray is fascinating too. Australia’s longest river was a highway for steam-driven riverboats and the twin towns of Echuca and Moama are the paddle-steamer capital, where you’ll find river tours. Paddle-steamer trips are also available in Wentworth and Mulwala.

A paddlesteamer, Murray River

A short drive east of Mulwala is historic Corowa, known as the birthplace of Federation. You can find out about Corowa’s role in uniting Australia’s colonies at the Corowa Federation Museum. There are many more captivating museums and galleries to visit, such as MAMA – Murray Art Museum Albury.

You’ll find plenty of places to stay in The Murray, an enticing destination for golf with some of the finest courses in Country NSW. A marvellous accommodation option for family, friends or romantic couples is to hire a houseboat and explore at your own leisure, taking in the abundant wildlife.

Yarrawonga Golf Club, The Murray

Your tastebuds are in for a treat as well. Tasty food and wine experiences include a riverboat trip to a winery, delicious festivals and farmers markets. In addition, a lively events calendar is filled with shows, performances and festivals. The Deni Ute Muster is a classic country festival in Deniliquin.

  • 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 Enjoy a lively cultural scene including MAMA, canoeing, cycling, riverboat cruises and fishing and boating on Lake Hume.
  • Balranald Explore the Five Fishing Rivers Trail, visit majestic Yanga Lake, and relish moonlight tours of Mungo National Park.
  • Barham See the heritage-listed Barham Bridge and enjoy golf, fishing, wine tasting, red gum sculptures and riverboat cruises.
  • Corowa Visit the birthplace of Australian Federation and uncover stories of colonial politics on heritage walks and in museums.
  • Culcairn Admire beautiful heritage-listed buildings such as Culcairn Hotel, enjoy cycling, and visit a colonial bushranger’s hideout.
  • Deniliquin Experience the world-famous Deni Ute Muster, captain a houseboat, and have fun canoeing, fishing, waterskiing and playing golf.
  • Echuca Moama Discover Australia’s paddle-steamer capital, cruise aboard a heritage steam-driven riverboat, and visit the Perricoota wine region.
  • Henty Enjoy canoeing in tranquil wetlands, discover world-changing innovation, and visit one of Australia’s biggest agricultural fairs.
  • Holbrook Climb inside an Oberon-class submarine and go bushwalking, mountain biking and off-road 4WD in Woomargama National Park.
  • Howlong Amble on a self-guided heritage tour of beautiful colonial buildings, and enjoy water activities, golf and wine tasting.
  • Mildura A gateway to Wentworth, enjoy delicious food and wine experiences, a fun houseboat holiday, and a country music festival.
  • Mulwala-Yarrawonga Fishing, canoeing and waterskiing are popular on Lake Mulwala, and there are and paddle-steamer cruises and golf courses.
  • Pooncarie This charming hamlet is home to the Telegraph Hotel, a classic outback pub, and is a gateway to World Heritage-listed Mungo.
  • Tocumwal Relax on sandy river beaches, enjoy water sports, try a tandem glider flight, and explore wartime aviation heritage.
  • Wentworth Ride a paddle-steamer at the great confluence of the Murray and Darling rivers, enjoy wine tasting, and tour Mungo National Park.