River Activities

The mighty Murray River is the longest river in Australia and it is teeming with things to do. Cast a line and go fishing, paddle a canoe, spend a day waterskiing and or hop on a paddle steamer for a riverboat tour. Relax on sandy river beaches, have a picnic by the water and explore protected wetlands teeming with wildlife.

Take in the beauty of the Murray River and its tributaries by captaining your own houseboat. They’re easy to skipper and you can find houseboats for hire in riverside towns such as WentworthMilduraDeniliquin and the twin towns of Echuca Moama and Yarrawonga-Mulwala.

A paddle steamer on the Murray River, Echuca

Echuca Moama is the paddle-steamer capital of Australia, where you’ll find a number of tour operators. For other steam-driven riverboat tours, climb aboard PS Ruby in Wentworth, where the Murray and Darling rivers meet or in Mulwala on the Cumberoona. You can also opt for luxury boat cruises, including sunset dinner tours.

Cast a line and catch your own Murray cod for dinner at a number of fishing spots in The Murray region. The Five Rivers Fishing Trail encompasses the Murrumbidgee, Lachlan, Wakool, Edward and Murray rivers. These are all a half-hour drive from Balranald, a former river port near Yanga National Park.

Waterskiing on the Murray River, Bundalong

More fishing can be found on the Edward River near Deniliquin, Lake Hume near Albury and Lake Mulwala. Check out the events calendar for river festivals and fishing competitions such as the annual Yamaha Cod Classic in Lake Mulwala, Australia’s richest freshwater fishing tournament.

It makes sense that a river is a good spot for water sports. You can take waterskiing and wakeboarding lessons. Sign up for guided canoeing and kayaking tours with operators including Canoe the Murray in Albury and Moontongue Eco Adventures at the great Murray and Darling confluence in Wentworth.

The Ramsar-listed wetlands of the Murray Valley and Barmah national parks, where the world’s largest river red gum forests sit, are also spectacular paddling sites. Traverse the Edward River canoe and kayak trail or join Kingfisher Cruises in the Barmah wetlands, which are 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