The towns along the Murray River may be small, but they pack a big punch when it comes to dining. Making use of incredible fresh produce, local wines, boutique brews and small-batch spirits, innovative cafes and restaurants create menus worth travelling for. Start your day with great coffee and housemade crumpets at The Proprietor in Albury. For lunch, settle into the waterside River Deck Cafe or try the multi-course seasonal menu at Junction Moama. Then finish it off with woodfired pizza and regional rosé overlooking Lake Mulwala at Blacksmith Provedore.
You’ll never go thirsty in The Murray. It sits within the second largest wine producing region in Australia and grapes have been grown here for more than 130 years. Vineyards spread out in the midst of pristine national park and on the banks of the iconic Murray River, producing lush chardonnay, fruity shiraz and emerging Mediterranean varieties. You can even take a paddlesteamer cruise and stop off for a tasting at a winery and brewery. Looking for something a little stronger? Sip gin overlooking the Port of Echuca or sample boutique whisky inside Corowa’s restored 1920s flour mill.
Part of the food bowl of Australia, you’ll find produce from the abundant Murray region on plates and in glasses around the nation. Its rich landscape produces heirloom tomatoes, purple garlic, pink salt, free-range Berkshire pork, grass-fed lamb and beef, gourmet nuts, organic honey and a rainbow of seasonal fruit and vegetables. Fill your basket at a local farmers market and chat to the passionate producers who bring it all to life. Or if you’re up for a bit of adventure, why not pick your own strawberries, raspberries and blackberries from the bush or olives straight from the tree.
The Murray is a vast region, so take the time to discover it at your own pace. Four of NSW’s iconic road trips pass through The Murray, taking in spectacular landscapes, laid-back country towns, delicious food, boutique distilleries and the mighty Murray River. Jump in the car and get exploring.