River Activities

Fishing, canoeing, waterskiing and riverboat tours are just a few of the many fun things to do on the iconic Murray River. You can relax on sandy river beaches, enjoy swimming and riverbank picnics, and explore protected wetlands and majestic river red gums - home to abundant wildlife.

A delightful way to discover the beauty of Australia’s longest river and tributaries is to captain your own houseboat. Easy to skipper, houseboats are for hire in riverside towns such as Wentworth, Mildura, Deniliquin and the twin towns of Echuca and Moama and Mulwala and Yarrawonga.

A paddle steamer on the Murray River, Echuca

Echuca Moama is Australia’s paddle-steamer capital. Other steam-driven riverboat tours are available aboard PS Ruby in Wentworth, where the Murray and Darling rivers meet, and in Mulwala on the Cumberoona. There are luxury boat cruises too, including glorious sunset dinner tours.

You’ll find plenty of spots to cast a line for native Murray cod and other fish species in The Murray region. The Five Rivers Fishing Trail encompasses the Murrumbidgee, Lachlan, Wakool, Edward and Murray rivers all within 30 minutes’ drive of Balranald, a former river port near Yanga National Park.

Waterskiing on the Murray River, Bundalong

Other popular fishing destinations include the Edward River near Deniliquin, Lake Hume near Albury, and Lake Mulwala. In the lively events calendar are river festivals and fishing competitions. The annual Yamaha Cod Classic in Lake Mulwala is Australia’s richest freshwater fishing tournament.

Water sports are popular, too. You can learn waterskiing and wakeboarding at various locations along the river. There are also guided canoeing and kayaking tours, such as Canoe the Murray in Albury and Moontongue Eco Adventures at the great Murray and Darling confluence in Wentworth.

Another spectacular area for paddling is the Ramsar-listed wetlands of the Murray Valley and Barmah national parks, where the world’s largest river red gum forests tower. Traverse the Edward River canoe and kayak trail or join Kingfisher Cruises in the Barmah wetlands brimming with birdlife.

NSW Swimming safety

Swimming safety information 

NSW has a wide range of wonderful swimming options including beaches, ocean pools, harbourside pools, lakes, rivers, and swimming holes at the bottom of waterfalls. However to ensure maximum safety and enjoyment, swimmers should follow this general advice:

Look for patrolled beaches (this is where lifesavers are on duty; you will see red and yellow flags that indicate this). You should always swim between the red and yellow flags as they mark the safest place to swim.

Never swim alone at night, or under the influence of alcohol, or directly after a meal.

Always check water depth, as rocks or trees could be submerged, and never run and dive into the water from a beach, riverbank or other surface.

Check for signs regarding advice on water conditions at your chosen swimming spot and at any natural swimming hole. Always proceed with caution as surfaces could be slippery and water conditions may not be immediately apparent; particularly if the area has recently experienced heavy rain or flooding.

Pay attention to the advice of the lifesavers and safety signs. Visit SharkSmart to understand any potential risks in the area you are swimming. 

Great River Activities experiences in The Murray

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