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Overview

The Murray River

The mighty Murray River, one of the world's longest navigable rivers, stretches 2,700 kilometres from the mountains of the Great Dividing Range in north-eastern Victoria to near Adelaide in South Australia. A mountain stream in its upper reaches, the river turns into a meandering river lined with magnificent forests of red gum and sandy beaches in its lower reaches. The region is home to plentiful wildlife, supporting over 350 varieties of birds, as well as many species of mammals, reptiles and fish.

Traverse the region from end to end and delight in the activity and diversity found along the way. Inhabited by Aboriginal tribes for thousands of years, the Murray River is now the lifeblood of Victoria's food bowl and the centre of social, sports and cultural activities – from east to west.

A river's spirit

Since ancient times Aboriginal tribes have lived along the river and, after European settlement, the river was travelled by some of Australia's earliest European explorers. By the late 1800s, it was a busy trading route with boats carrying supplies to and carting wool from the region's stations and homesteads.

Want to learn more? Delve into Indigenous history with an Aboriginal tour guide, board a historic paddle steamer or visit museums and the river towns of Albury Wodonga, Echuca-Moama, Swan Hill or Mildura.

On the water

Hire your own houseboat and coast along at a pace that suits your mood. Keen to cast a line? Rent a boat for a day's fishing, or take a slow paddle through Kings Billabong in a canoe. Take it up a gear with a session on waterskis on Lake Hume, Lake Mulwala or on wider sections of the Murray River.

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Explore

The Murray River

Water sports

Enjoy white water thrills, paddle through flooded forests, or the captain of your own houseboat.

Fishing

Cast a line for the famed Murray cod or golden perch in the rivers and lakes of the Murray region.

Houseboats

Make the Murray River your home with a relaxed holiday on a fully-equipped houseboat.

Paddle steamers

Take in the sights of the beautiful Murray River with a journey on a historic paddle steamer.

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Boating

Paddle steamers

Relive the glory days of the pioneer era and take in the sights along the way with a journey down the Murray River on an historic paddle steamer.

The Murray

Destinations

Rest and rejuvenate on a Murray River escape. Cruise from town to town via paddleboat, soak up the endless sunshine and enjoy watersports aplenty.

Nature & wildlife

Wildlife and zoos

Head to the Murray to see kangaroos, emus and colourful bird life, including the waterbirds that inhabit the wetlands and rookeries year-round.

Things to do

History and heritage

Board a paddle steamer, explore pioneer homesteads, and learn about indigenous tribes who have lived in the area for over 40,000 years.