Top 5 things to do in the Murray River area

10 June 2015

From boating and fishing to exploring pioneer history, there are plenty of ways to discover the iconic Murray River and its surrounding towns.

Get out on the water

Canoeing on the Murray River in the Barmah - Millewa Wetlands within Barmah National Park

Murray River, Barmah National Park

The Murray is one of the world’s longest navigable rivers and home to long stretches of water ideal for getting active and experiencing the ecosystem’s beauty up close. Hire a boat, pontoon, kayak or canoe and explore the mighty waterway. Enjoy the Murray River at a faster pace by spending time water skiing at the Mulwala Water Ski Club.

Go fishing

Fishing for Murray Cod on the Murray River

Fishing, Murray River

Home to a wide range of fish species, including the Murray cod, golden perch, rainbow trout, brown trout and a host of other native and introduced species, the plentiful waters of the Murray River provide more than enough reasons to sink a fishing line. Fish from the comfort of a boat, position yourself on the riverbank or make use of one of the fishing platforms scattered along the water’s edge.

Hire a houseboat or take a river cruise

Houseboat on The Murray River Bundalong

The Murray River, Bundalong

Stretching for over 2,700 kms in total, one of the best ways to experience the Murray is onboard a boat. See the Murray River at your own pace and in the company of friends or family by hiring a houseboat. Great for both short and extended stays, a houseboat allows you to enjoy the beauty of the Murray region and fish until your heart’s content from the comfort of your own private vessel. Find a great range of houseboats available to hire at riverside towns including Wentworth, Echuca Moama, Deniliquin and Mildura. For a taste of the area’s rich history, cruise along a section of the river on an authentic paddle steamer and listen to informative commentary from the captain.

Sample the region’s food and wine

Dining on the Murray River at the Perricoota Station restaurant in Moama

Perricoota Station Restaurant, Moama, Murray River

Take time out to discover the region’s quality produce and fine wines. Satisfy your taste buds during a meal at one of the area’s fine restaurants, or stop by a local farm gate to gather fresh fruit and vegetables ideal for crafting your own culinary masterpiece. Make your way to The Lounge Tapas Bar for indulgent Spanish fare, The Bended Elbow for a classic bistro dish or Trentham Estate for a modern meal with a touch of class. Follow the Echuca-Moama Food and Wine Trail to discover some of the Murray’s hidden produce gems, including fine wines, flavoursome cheeses and tender cuts of meat, or sample wines direct from cellar doors such as Morrisons, Chanter Estate and Military Museum, and Old School Winery and Meadery.

Explore the history of the Murray River area

Port Discovery Centre

Port Discovery Centre

Acquaint yourself with the long and fascinating history of the area with a visit to one of the Murray’s local museums or heritage sites. Discover how early pioneers lived, the ways in which the region’s agricultural sector has evolved over time, the contribution of post-war migrants to the area and much more. During a visit to the area, schedule in a visit to some of the region’s popular heritage destinations including Swan Hill, the Port of Echuca Discovery Centre and the Bonegilla Migrant Experience.