The Murray River, Australia’s longest and most iconic river, a state border, lifeblood to millions and simply a great place for a holiday.
It starts as a trickle in the High Country of the Snowy Mountains and swells into a broad, snaking watercourse forming the boundary between Victoria and New South Wales, before eventually emptying into the ocean at Encounter Bay in South Australia. Along the way it feeds one of the country’s most bountiful agricultural regions and the world’s largest River Red Gum forests. Our key destinations for you to discover include Mildura Wentworth, Swan Hill, Koondrook Barham, Echuca Moama, Deniliquin, Yarrawonga Mulwala, Cobram Barooga, Corowa and Albury Wodogna.
The Murray is a natural playground for families, where the climate is fine, the fishing is even better and the opportunities for swimming, kayaking, bushwalking, mountain-biking, boating and pitching a tent in a red gum forest are unsurpassed. If you’re after more comfort, the Murray is Australia’s houseboating mecca!
The Murray is an adventure waiting to happen. From leisurely pursuits like fishing or cruising, to adrenalin sports like waterskiing or skydiving, there’s a legendary river experience waiting for you.
Fishing along the Murray
Fishing is one of the Murray’s classic experiences, and the legendary native Murray cod, Australia’s largest exclusively freshwater fish, is what most anglers are after.
The Murray cod featured in Aboriginal mythology and made a big impression on early settlers, who were amazed by their size and abundance. These days the Murray cod is a prized catch but other river lures include golden perch (yellow belly), trout, catfish and freshwater cray.
Remember, the Murray is regarded as being in NSW, so you will need a NSW fishing license, available at local stores and service stations or online at www.dpi.nsw.gov.au.
Some of the best locations to fish along the Murray include:
- Below Yarrawonga where Australia’s largest natural surviving population of trout cod reside.
- Some of the largest river dwelling trout can be found at Mungabareena and Heywood’s Bridge in Albury.
- The sandbar or weir in the park right near the bridge at Paringa.
- Katarapko National Park including Eckerts creek.
- Kings Billabong which is referred to by locals as the fish nursery
You might think of the river itself as a great place for fishing, camping and water sports, but the Murray region’s riches run much deeper.
Dip into sensational food and wine country around Mildura, Swan Hill, Echuca, Yarrawonga, Albury and many other towns, where you can scour the farmer’s markets and savour the cellar doors – this is, after all, Australia’s abundant food bowl.
Golfing more your thing?
The Murray boasts some of Australia’s finest architect-designed courses, studding both sides of the river like emeralds on a silver necklace. On the barometer of golfing holidays, the Murray ranks as one of Australia’s best. With more hours of sunshine that the Gold Coast and without the strong winds you’ll find on coastal courses, the Murray
is a fabulous year-round golfing destination with a course to suit everyone.
Interested in history and heritage?
This place is imbued with thousands of years of Aboriginal settlement, which you can experience at places like Mungo National Park, while stories of pioneers, pastoralists and bushrangers are thick in the air. But it’s not a story gathering dust. Today beautifully preserved paddlesteamers still ply the waters of Echuca Moama, Mildura, and Swan Hill, while historic towns and museums along the way showcase the important of the Murray to a developing nation.
An eclectic calendar of festivals and events all year round
A huge variety of festivals and events plays out around the Murray year-round – from the iconic Deni Ute Muster, or the Southern 80 ski race in Echuca Moama to Mildura’s Jazz Food and Wine Festival and numerous colourful country race meetings, there is something here for everyone.
Boat Ramps and Access:
For boat ramp and river access information along the Murray River, please contact the Visitor Information Centres in the Murray destination you wish to visit.
Full contact information can be found on the Visit The Murray website as follows:
All Visitor Information centres also have copies of the Murray River Access guides for you to find further detailed information on the best camping and fishing spots, plan your adventure or make the most of what our great river has to offer. These guides can also be purchased from www.svmaps.com.au
Visit www.visitthemurray.com.au for more detailed information about visiting the Murray region.