Heritage and Culture

From paddle-steamers to the birthplace of Federation to wartime history, The Murray is fascinating. The iconic Murray River was a highway for steam-driven riverboats and you can visit historic river ports, such as Wentworth and the twin towns of Echuca Moama, and ride heritage paddle-steamers.

There are many more historical and heritage sites in this beautiful region. Explore the colonial grandeur of the Albury Railway Station in Albury and visit the hideout of infamous colonial bushranger Dan ‘Mad Dog” Morgan near Culcairn, home to the 1891-built Culcairn Hotel, a classic railway pub.

Enjoying a ride on a paddle steamer along the Murray River

Just east of Culcairn is Holbrook, named after the first submariner to receive the Victoria Cross for his bravery at the Dardanelles during the Gallipoli campaign in 1914. You can visit the Holbrook Submarine Museum and climb inside HMAS Otway, a decommissioned Oberon-class submarine.

A great way to explore historic towns is on heritage walks, such as the Federation Story self-guided tour in Corowa, a lovely drive west of Albury. In the Corowa Federation Museum discover insights into the 1893 Corowa Conference, credited with the start of the popular movement for a federation.

Murray Art Museum Albury (MAMA), Albury

You’ll find plenty more museums and galleries. One of the best regional galleries in Australia with an excellent collection of indigenous works is MAMA – Murray Art Museum Albury. Tocumwal is home to one of Australia’s iconic ‘big things’ – the Big Murray Cod – and World War II aviation heritage.

The Murray is part of the Murray-Darling Basin, Australia’s food bowl, and is rich in agricultural history. North of Albury is Henty, where local farmer Headlie Taylor revolutionised the harvesting of grain crops in 1914. You can find out more at Headlie Taylor Header and Blacksmith Shop Museum.

Agricultural shows, farmers markets, and food and wine festivals are a feature of The Murray’s enticing events calendar. Other wonderful things to do and see in The Murray include fishing, canoeing, waterskiing, golf and bushwalking. Accommodation options suit various budgets.