Stay close, go further
Paddle steamers, luxury houseboats, canoes and skis, wineries, restaurants, markets and tees: eight top reasons to visit The Murray.
1. Riverside wines
The age-old water-and-wine combo proves itself once more with the winery equivalent of a swim-up bar on the Murray River. Hitch a ride on a paddle steamer or moor your houseboat and wander up the banks to Trentham Estate winery or where cellar door tastings and gourmet luncheons are served with glorious river views. Or pop into Morrisons Riverview Winery for a taste of their warm climate wines – independently, or as part of a Wharf to Winery Tour.
2. Culinary legends
Treat yourself to fresh Murray region fare. Dine on four courses of seasonal rustic Italian dishes from celebrated Mildura chef Stefano de Pieri, the local culinary hero behind the Gondola on the Murray book and television series.
Pair delicious dishes with riverside views at The Riverdeck Cafe in Albury and the Lake Cafe and Deck in Yarrawonga. Or, keep it casual with a wood-fired pizza by the water at Cape Horn Winery in Echuca.
In Swan Hill, taste delicious local produce at Spoons Riverside, or enjoy multiple courses with local wine at the acclaimed Miss Amelie in Wodonga. Make brunch a virtuous affair with healthy, all-plant-based dishes at Sweet Meadow in Echuca.
3. Houseboats and paddle steamers
Step on board an iconic Murray houseboat. These floating homes come appointed with all kinds of holiday necessities, including hammocks and outdoor spas. Not sure if you're skipper material? All you need to operate a houseboat is a current drivers licence and a quick course from an operator.
Or, let someone else take the helm on a historic Murray River paddle steamer cruise. Australia has the most active paddle steamers in the world, and our biggest fleet is at the Port of Echuca – hop aboard and relive your favourite moments from All The Rivers Run.
4. Outdoor adventures
From towering river red gums to flourishing wetlands and intriguing desert landscapes, The Murray is teeming with native wildlife. Explore the beautiful national parks to see curious kangaroos and sleepy koalas in their natural bushland habitat. Keep an eye out for the elusive platypus bobbing near the banks at dusk.