Touring the Murray
The Mighty Murray, Australia’s largest river, offers the adventurous traveller a vast array of historic towns, spectacular national parks and a unique insight into our pioneering past. Starting high up in the Snowy Mountains, this iconic waterway meanders through northeast Victoria, bringing life to areas, which would otherwise suffer the same fate as most Outback towns.
Also known as the Gateway to the Outback, the city of Mildura is a surprising oasis in the middle of the state’s semi-arid region. Mildura is Australia’s first irrigation colony and owes its rich history to the Canadian Chaffey brothers. Today, it is a burgeoning city, which produces large quantities of Australia’s fresh produce including wine and table grapes, citrus, stone fruit and vegetables.
Murray-Sunset National Park
Murray-Sunset National Park, the state’s second largest national park, is home to the fascinating Pink Lakes. A cluster of salt lakes and clay pans, the lakes create a magnificent landscape. The main source of water in the area is highly saline groundwater that seeps into the lakes in winter. In summer, the water evaporates, leaving behind a crust of salt. Easily accessible via the Calder and Mallee Highways, many people visit the semi-arid region for the day and explore the Pioneer Drive.
This quaint country town sits on a peninsula, surrounded on three sides by the mighty Murray, making it the ideal camping spot. Situated between Mildura and Swan Hill, Robinvale is home to the historic Robinswood Homestead, which is open to visitors. Nearby Hattah-Kulkyne National Park features a network of freshwater lakes seasonally filled by creeks connected to the Murray River.
Swan Hill is situated in the heart of the Murray, a town with a rich pioneering history which comes to life in the Pioneer Settlement showcasing more than 50 replicated buildings. Visit a real-life Mallee cottage, experience a blacksmith shop and have a peek inside the hotel, schools and shops. Retrace the steps of ill-fated explorers Burke and Wills by viewing the “Burke and Wills Tree” – the largest Moreton Bay Fig in the Southern Hemisphere.
Port of Echua
Located on the banks of the mighty Murray, this picturesque town transports the traveller back to the days when paddle steamers chugged up and down the river, delivering their precious loads. Once Australia’s largest inland port, the Old Port of Echuca has been preserved to remind visitors of the golden days of the lucrative riverboat trade.
Barmah National Park
Home to the world’s largest River Red Gum forest and 220 species of native birds, this little piece of paradise is a popular outdoor destination. Fishing, swimming, canoeing, bushwalking and horse riding are some of the activities that can be enjoyed. Park your van near the water’s edge and enjoy the iconic river from up close.
Also known as an inland aquatic paradise, Yarrawonga is situated on the shores of Lake Mulwala, a popular tourist destination. Enjoy a cruise on the lake, take a leisurely stroll along the 3.5km walking track following the Murray River, venture out on a wine tour or treat yourself to a gourmet dinner at the many restaurants on offer.
Home to the annual Man From Snowy River Bush Festival, this peaceful country town is located in the picturesque foothills of the Australian Alps. Visit the Man From Snowy River Museum and explore the Burrowa-Pine Mountain National Park to admire the region’s best kept secret, a granite monolith,1.5 times the size of Uluru.