A 3-day itinerary in The Murray for foodies

Sit down to fine dining, sling back world-class whisky in an old flour mill and feast on fresh market produce on a tasting of the Murray region’s most gourmet culinary offerings. 

Destination NSW

Destination NSW

Feb 2023 -
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With the snow-fed Murray River winding like an artery through the rich soils – sustaining a wildly diverse network of plant and animal life – it should come as no surprise that the Murray region is a dreamland for foodies. For starters, the farmers markets are fabulous, but then you’ve also got hip eateries, paddock-to-plate restaurants and fine dining options, not to mention boutique wineries, cool microbreweries and rustic distilleries.

DAY ONE: Albury Wodonga


Albury Wodonga Farmers Market is located at:   

  • 40 Lincoln Causeway, Wodonga VIC 3690 
  • A 10-minute (5km) drive from Astor Hotel Motel Albury


Start your enviable weekend of indulgence at the Albury Wodonga Farmers Market, where fragrant stalls piled with seasonal berries, stone fruit and freshly baked pastries offer the perfect fuel for a day of exploring. From there, stroll the gum-lined river along the Wagirra Trail and Yindyamarra Sculpture Walk, where you can experience thought-provoking artworks crafted by local Aboriginal artists right beside the water. Yindyamarra, which can also be spelled Indyamarra, is a powerful philosophy centred on the value of respect, and the trail is an absolute must-do here in Wiradjuri Country.   


The Thirsty Devil Brewery will have you covered for lunch – a relaxed microbrewery offering finger-licking food options and a range of their aromatic ales to try. There’s usually a rotating guest food truck on site, too, and it’s a great place to catch live music. If you’re after food with a side of stunning views, make The River Deck cafe, with a modern Australian menu and waterfront seating, your lunch spot. 

Couple enjoying a meal at The River Deck Cafe in Albury The Murray, Country NSW

The River Deck, Albury Wodonga


You’re spoiled for choice for dinner in Albury. At tiny and elegant Bistro Selle, you’d be forgiven for thinking you’ve nipped over to Europe. Complement warm Gooramadda olives with a buttery Australian chardonnay, or perhaps opt for the chicken ragu or fresh market fish. Yardbird offers a bold-flavoured menu featuring French-inspired dishes like salt cod brandade or Gippsland rabbit roulade, along with meats grilled in a Spanish wood-fired oven. If you’re more in the mood for a feast of Italian share plates, Norma Wine + Pasta is a real vibe, with creative food that goes far beyond its amazing house-made pasta (nearly all of which can be gluten free). Stay the night at the eatery’s very own accommodation, Ken’s Kip – a one-bedroom retro-styled guesthouse with an outdoor bath and fire pit. Norma will even deliver their full menu as room service!   

Bistro Selle

Bistro Selle, Albury Wodonga

Or check into Californian-inspired Astor Hotel Motel, which offers gourmet pub food, comfortable rooms and an Instagram-worthy exterior.  

Astor Hotel Motel Albury

Astor Hotel Motel, Albury Wodonga

DAY TWO: Corowa


Corowa Distilling Co. is located at:   

  • 20-24 Steel St, Corowa NSW 2646 
  • A 45-minute (59km) drive from Albury 


Corowa – less than an hour’s drive from Albury and perched on a bend of the Murray – is cowboy country. Work up an appetite when you get to town by hiring a bike from SportsPower Corowa, then stopping by the Corowa Visitor Centre to grab a map and plot out a cycling route past the town’s historic buildings, such as the Rex Theatre, Corowa Courthouse and Oddfellows Hall. Alternatively, head to the foreshore: Corowa Lagoon has a cute riverfront beach, while Rovers Park is the spot for long-lunch picnicking and launching kayaks and canoes, which you can hire from caravan parks in the area.  

Cycling in Corowa

Cycling in Corowa - Credit: Federation Council


After lunch, head on down to Corowa Distilling Co., which is set in a gorgeously renovated 1920s flour mill by the banks of the river. This heritage-listed venue was recently turned from an abandoned building into a world-class whisky distillery by a couple of mates, and produces small-batch premium spirits made from locally sourced barley and wheat.  

Treat yourself to an immersive behind-the-scenes look at the art of distilling, and follow it up with a tasting of limited-edition releases and other unique whisky flavours. An innovative menu of seasonal produce is on offer at breakfast and lunchtime, too. Inside, you can also pick up some sweet souvenirs at a shopping outpost of Junee Licorice and Chocolate Factory, where a generous range of handmade chocolate bars, truffles and sweet treats perfectly balance out the complexity of the malts, bourbons and ryes.   


Spend the night at hotel Circa 1936 for a brag-worthy 19th century accommodation experience. Among the high pressed-metal ceilings and Art Deco features, you’ll feel like you’ve been transported to a different era. There’s an array of rooms to choose from: all private, opulent and full of 1930s banker charm. Once you’ve made your executive decision, swan over to the cocktail bar (formerly the bank manager's office) and nurse a nightcap before retiring to your Insta-worthy suite for a soak in one of their incredible tubs.  

Luxury Suite at Circa 1936 in Corowa, The Murray

Circa 1936, Corowa

DAY THREE: Yarrawonga Mulwala


Lake Mulwala is located at:   

  • Melbourne St, NSW 2647 
  • A 30-minute (40km) drive from Corowa 


Today’s destination is Lake Mulwala: a picturesque and serene waterway with a surface punctured by a forest of flooded gums – which makes for striking visuals. Rent a kayak or canoe from one of the many watersports shops in the twin towns of Yarrawonga-Mulwala, and if you can get out onto the lake early enough, sunrise spent paddling between the eerie red gum trunks that protrude from the water is particularly magical.  

Lake Mulwala, The Murray

Kayaking on Lake Mulwala, Yarrawonga Mulwala


Lunch on the water takes a whole other meaning on the Lake Mulwala Barby Boat, where you and up to 12 mates can jump on your own boat, fire up the barbecue and cruise around the lake – no boat license needed. Music speakers and fishing licenses are supplied – but BYO rods if you’re hoping to comb the waters for a bite of perch or Murray cod. 

If you prefer to eat on steady land, Blacksmith Provedore, a fairy-lit lakefront eatery, will have you covered. The local produce-focused menu changes frequently, but what’s consistent is that the pizzas are to die for – and are made using hand-stretched, homemade dough crafted over a multi-day slow ferment process. Order a cocktail, sit al fresco on the grass and enjoy another day of indulging in the Murray. 

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