The Murray is more than just a river, it’s an integral part of Australia’s colonial history and helped shape the country as we know it today. It’s the birthplace of Federation and home to iconic paddle steamers that transported essential goods, as well as ancient Aboriginal sites and eclectic galleries and museums.
Find out about early explorers to the region, including John Oxley, Charles Sturt and Sir Thomas Mitchell on the Balranald Heritage Trail or discover how Mildura became Australia's first irrigation colony on The Chaffey Trail.
Visit the hideout of infamous colonial bushranger Dan ‘Mad Dog’ Morgan near Culcairn. While there, pop into the Culcairn Hotel, a classic railway pub built in 1891. Further west is Barham Bridge, a heritage-listed road bridge that was built in 1904.
Historic Tocumwal is home to one of Australia’s iconic ‘big things', the Big Murray Cod, which is also known by its Aboriginal name 'Goodoo'. And in Yanga National Park you’ll find Yanga Woolshed, which was built in the late 1800s and was once the largest, most modern woolshed in the district.
The towns of Echuca Moama are known as Australia’s paddle steamer capital and were an integral part of the inland pioneering transport system along the Murray River from the 1860s through to the early 1900s. Learn about paddle steamer history at the Port of Echuca Discovery Centre or join a paddle steamer cruise along the Murray River to experience the boats for yourself.
The town of Holbrook is named after the first submariner to receive the Victoria Cross for bravery at the Dardanelles during the Gallipoli campaign in 1914. Visit the Holbrook Submarine Museum and climb inside HMAS Otway, a decommissioned Oberon-class submarine.
The Murray is part of the Murray-Darling Basin, Australia’s food bowl, and is rich in agricultural history. In Henty, discover the story of farmer Headlie Taylor, who revolutionised grain harvesting in 1914, at the Headlie Taylor Header and Blacksmith Shop Museum. Then get a taste of country life at agricultural shows, farmers markets and festivals.
Barkindji Wiimpatya Murra Centre (Bmeet) in Dareton displays a wide range of Aboriginal artwork. You’ll find painted kangaroo skins and emu eggs, jewellery, boomerangs, wood burnt art and carved bowls along with the largest playable didgeridoo recorded in Australia.
The ancient Mungo National Park is an area rich in Aboriginal history and heritage. It was here that the 42,000-year-old burial site of Mungo Woman and Mungo Man was discovered – some of the oldest remains of modern humans found outside of Africa. Take an organised tour of the incredible park with Outback Geo Adventures.
Destination NSW acknowledges and respects Aboriginal people as the state’s first people and nations and recognises Aboriginal people as the Traditional Owners and occupants of New South Wales land and water.