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.
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.
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.