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History & heritage

Discover the Murray's rich Aboriginal history going back thousands of years, and learn how the riverboat trade route and colonial-era feats of engineering transformed the region into the vibrant Murray region we know today.

Ports and paddle steamers

Imagine back to a time where the Murray's ports were alive with paddle steamers and riverboats carrying cargo, traders, and colonial era residents up and down the Murray River. Today daily cruises operate out of Echuca, Mildura and Swan Hill. Hear about life as an early settler on the sound and light tour at the Swan Hill Pioneer Settlement, or stop by the first Australian-designed gaol in Wentworth.

Mungo Man and Mungo Lady

Discover the Murray's ancient Aboriginal heritage. The Murray region is imbued with thousands of years of Aboriginal settlement, with the remains of its oldest residents – the Mungo Man and Mungo Lady – found to be over 40,000 years old. Visit the Barmah Forest heritage and Education Centre in Nathalia to learn about the lives of Indigenous Australians and join a tour of the majestic Mungo National Park with a local Aboriginal guide to learn about the area's historical significance.

Mildura's Chaffey Trail

How did two Canadian brothers end up turning Mildura into the lush agricultural oasis it is today? Find out by following the Chaffey Trail in Mildura. Visit the Rio Vista museum, a mansion originally built by William Chaffey surrounded by river views and parkland. Take a detour later on to Chateau Mildura, a winery established in 1888 by the entrepreneurial brothers.

Rich Albury heritage

Be inspired by charismatic Albury, the largest city along the Murray River and often considered the gateway to the Murray due to its close proximity to Melbourne, Sydney and Canberra. Wander through the lively city centre on a self-guided Heritage Walking Tour. Download the app and spend a day exploring 21 sites spread across 13 locations, from the historic railway station and Beehive Buildings to the botanic gardens and old Waterstreet Hotel.

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History & heritage

Port of Echuca Discovery Centre

Port of Echuca Discovery Centre invites you to come walk the path of our river pioneers. The iconic Port of Echuca, located two and a half hours...

Heritage buildings

Walbundrie Old School House

Walbundrie Public School commenced classes in January 1878, with the old schoolhouse erected in June 1878 at a cost of 446 pounds, with enrolments of...

Maritime history

Captain John Egge Statue

John Egge was born in Shanghai China in 1830. As a young man he worked a sampan on the Yangtze River. At 16 he sailed to Australia as cabin boy with...

Gold rush history

Murchison Rail Trail

A line from Murchison East on the Shepparton railway was constructed to the gold mining town of Rushworth in 1890 and extended to Colbinabbin in...

Heritage buildings

Cobram Log Cabin

The Log Cabin situated at Federation Park in Cobram is a preserved settler house with some exhibits inside the building it's one of the original log...

History & heritage

Private Robert Mactier Statue

The Robert Mactier statue is situated in the VC Memorial Garden in Hogan Street in Tatura and was unveiled in October 2014. It acknowledges the...

History & heritage

Barham Bridge over Murray River

Bridges are not just functional, they can also be scenic and engineering attractions. Spare a few minutes to admire Barham Bridge over Murray Creek....

History & heritage

Red Cliffs Historical Steam Railway

The Red Cliffs Historical Steam Railway was formed in 1994 under the auspices of the Red Cliffs Rotary Club to operate the restored Kerr Stuart...

History & heritage

Ferguson Tractor Monument

The 'little grey' Ferguson tractor wrote itself into the annals of local history through the integral part it played in saving Wentworth from the...

History & heritage

Jindera Pioneer Cairn

In Pioneer Park Jindera stands the Pioneer Cairn, a monument to the original settlers of the area and their journey to Jindera. When the areas...

History & heritage

Calder Woodburn Memorial Avenue

In 1945, Mr Fen Woodburn planted 1,406 trees along the Goulburn Valley Highway as a tribute to his son. Calder Woodburn died while serving in France...

History & heritage

Captain Albert Borella Memorial

The memorial at the Peards Complex in Albury was commissioned by George and Debra Benyon and has been built in honour of Albury’s only Victoria Cross...

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