The Murray River holds a few superlatives: With 2 375 km it is Australia’s longest single river (according to re-calculations by Geoscience Australia from 2008). Along with its tributaries, the Murray is part of the third largest water catchment in the world. In addition, the area around the Murray River is the discovery spot for the oldest human remains ever found. Human life in this region goes back at least 40 000 years.
From its origin in the Australian Alps it marks the border between New South Wales and Victoria for almost 1 900 km. The Murray originates just south of Mt Kosciuszko, from where it travels north, then westward, taking in the towns of Albury-Wodonga, Echuca, Swan Hill, Mildura, Wentworth, Renmark and Murray Bridge. It flows into the Indian Ocean through the Murray Mouth in South Australia.
Life revolves around the Murray in all the places it passes on its journey to the ocean. The region is well-known for its fresh food, charming wineries, picturesque golf courses and, of course, all sorts of water activities from water skiing to holidaying on a houseboat.
In the twin city of Albury Wodonga, the Murray River has become part of its relaxed lifestyle. This is a great place for freshwater fishing or exploring the past of this once busy gateway between New South Wales and Victoria.
Echuca is one of Victoria’s oldest river towns and used to be the state’s most substantial inland river port. With its moderate climate, it is today a popular holiday destination for families and couples.
The stunning town of Mildura was brought to life through an early irrigation system that turned the once barren region into rich and fertile farmland. Today, the town is well-known for its award-winning restaurants and wineries.
Just a short drive north of Mildura, across the border to New South Wales, is the historic town of Wentworth, the crossing point of the mighty Murray and Darling Rivers. It is a fantastic spot for bird watching. The Perry Sandhills, just outside town, reveal the desert-like landscape that surrounds the area.
The majestic red river gum trees are native to the banks of the Murray and offer a habitat for numerous species of birds. Emus, koalas, western grey kangaroos, bearded dragon lizards, red-rumped parrots, black swans and pelicans are also native to the Murray basin. Fish such as the Murray cod, bream and perch are also plentiful.
- Echuca: A Riverboat Destination
- Mildura: Heart of the Mighty Murray
- Mildura: An Oasis in a Barren Land
- Albury-Wodonga: Big City Convenience, Small Town Charm
- The Murray River: History, Heritage and Stunning Natural Beauty
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