Touring the Murray
The Murray is mighty alright, you could spend ages cruising alongside of it (or on it) but we’ve picked out a few spots in particular we reckon are worth checking out. If you’re keen, you can see a lot of historic towns, beautiful national parks and a unique insight into our pioneering past along Australia’s largest river. Starting high up in the Snowy Mountains, this iconic waterway winds through the north-east of Victoria, giving the plant life a bit of a drink and helping to feed the local wildlife.
The entire trip is about 659km and you can start at Mildura aka Victoria’s fruit bowl. Mildura is the gateway to the Outback, a city in a semi-arid region which produces a lot of fresh produce. Nearby Murray-Sunset National Park is worth a spell for the Pink Lakes and you can easily get to it off the Calder and Mallee Highways.
On the way to Swan Hill, spend a night at Robinvale for a true Murray River camping experience before following the river downstream to the historic town of Echuca where you can hop on a paddle steamer and float along the banks of the river. Make sure you spend some time in Barmah National Park to do a bit of fishing and admire the Red River gums, then travel on to Yarrawonga to enjoy a stroll along the walking track and a vino in a city that gets more hours of sunshine than some Queensland towns.
The city of Albury-Wodonga straddles the river on the Victoria-New South Wales border, while 90 minutes upstream the town of Corryong is the birthplace of the legendary Man from Snowy River Bush Festival and a granite monolith that beats out Uluru in size by a fair bit.