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Vacation - The Mighty Murray river.

Updated on December 11, 2009

Vacation The Mighty Murray river.

Paddlesteamers, Houseboats, Fishing, Water skiing, Camping, Golf, Hiking, Canoing or just plain relaxing. What more could you ask for?  The Murray has it all.

Australia's largest river is 1,476 miles in length.

The mighty Murray river begins in the Alpine country, then wanders across the inland to become the border between Victoria and New South Wales, before turning south to reach the sea near the beautiful historic town of Goolwa in South Australia.

The Murray is famous for it's ancient red gums trees that have survived floods and droughts, although they are currently under a lot of environmental stress, which shows in the trees of the lower Murray dying off at an alarming rate. Hopefully the good rain this year will help!

Vacations on the Murray river are a great way to see some of the countries most amazing wetlands, agriculture and waterways.

For birdwatchers and nature lovers the Murray river is a fine a place indeed with hundreds of miles of waterways that support a variety of life that rely on the water from the Murray river in this parched land. There are few rivers in the world longer than the Murray, or as open to the public with great facilities in most places along the river and open free camping is allowed in some places.Just clean up properly when you leave our beautiful Murray river.

The mighty Murray river is home of the famous Murray Cod which tastes fantastic, grows to a huge size and has been responsible for may a fishy story in the local pub!.

Mt Kosciuszko and Mt. Townsend
Mt Kosciuszko and Mt. Townsend


Albury from above.
Albury from above.

Path of the River Murray

The Murray river begins its journey in the Kosciusko National Park . Mount Kosciusko being the highest mountain in Australia.

The Murray flows down through the townships of Corryong and Tallangatta and reaches the larger twin cities of Albury in NSW and Wodonga in Victoria via the Lake Hume.

Flowing west wards the river is passes interesting little towns such as Howlong and Corowa until it spills into Lake Mulwala which has towns of Yarrawonga in Victoria and Mulwala in NSW.

The water level at Lake Mulwala is control by a dam wall and the Murray continues on its path to Cobram in Victoria and Barooga across the border in NSW.

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P.S ALEXANDER ARBUTHNOT paddle steamer, built in 1923, coming in to dock at Echuca
P.S ALEXANDER ARBUTHNOT paddle steamer, built in 1923, coming in to dock at Echuca


The Murray continues on its meandering path until it reaches another twin city set up of Echuca in Victoria and Moama in NSW.

Echuca can be reached by car from Melbourne in a little over 2 hours and is acclaimed as the
Worlds Paddlesteamer capital. The Port of Echuca is a bustling working Port with a number of Paddlesteamers conducting cruises up and down the Murray River.

Paddlesteamers such as Emmylou, Alexander Arbuthnot and The Pevensey can be seen plying up and down the Murray virtually every day of the year.

There are many fine restaurants , and accommodation is available off the water and on the water in the way of Houseboats for a vacation not soon forgotten.

Leaving Echuca the Murray passes through picturesque little towns such as Cohuna where I spend many happy holidays . In fact I nearly drowned there and was saved by a quick thinking sister. Torrumbarry and Barham until it reaches Swan Hill.

Murray Cod worth catching in Swan Hill (11 metres long)
Murray Cod worth catching in Swan Hill (11 metres long)

Swan Hill

Swan Hill was in the past was a major inland Trading Port where paddlesteamer stopped on there
regular trips up and down the Murray River.
Swan Hill is famous for the huge Moreton Bay Fig Tree planted in 1860, to honor of the ill-fated
expedition of Burke and Wills as they passed through Swan Hill. It is reported to be the largest example

still living in Australia. For the fisher-person the Murray Cod is well sort after in the river and there is a giant replica of a Murray Cod 11 metres in length.

From Swan Hill the river winds its way through Toolybuc Robinvale and reaches Mildura which is one of the largest regional cities in Australia.

Langtree Ave a major street in Mildura
Langtree Ave a major street in Mildura

Mildura to the Mouth

Mildura settlement, established in 1887 and Wentworth region, has evolved into a diverse area.
Once know as Victoria's Food bowl due to its enormous growing power of citrus fruits (mainly oranges)
the area also supplies many wineries with grapes for the various types of wine.

Mildura has become a major holiday spot for people looking for a warm dry climate close to water.

From Mildura we find ourselves in the State of South Australia and winding peacefully down
to the district of Renmark which includes little townships such as Berri, a well known area for making delicious fruit juices.
Renmark is also the home port for the beautiful paddle-steamer 'PS Murray Princess'.
Leaving Renmark the Murray passes by townships of Waikerie, Morgan, Swan Reach and Mannum.

Ferry crossing at Mannum on the Murray River
Ferry crossing at Mannum on the Murray River


Mannum 52 miles (84km) East of Adelaide was first settled in 1840 and is referred to as the Houseboat
capital of Australia and it is indeed a great way to explore the Murray river.

The next large town the Murray passes through is Murray Bridge and is where the main highway (Princes) from Melbourne
crosses the Murray River,  then on to Tailem Bend until emptying into Lake Alexandrina which is connected
via The Murray Mouth

The Murray river at Mildura

View from boat on Murray River.
View from boat on Murray River.

Albury Railway Station

The Albury railway station is a beautiful old building
The Albury railway station is a beautiful old building

Paddle boat on the Murray.

Many paddle boats remain from the time when the river was the means of transport from city to city.
Many paddle boats remain from the time when the river was the means of transport from city to city.

The Murray river at sunrise.

Time to go fishing!
Time to go fishing!

A silo at Merrinee Sunraysia.

No longer in use this old silo is in the Sunraysia district
No longer in use this old silo is in the Sunraysia district


A typical building in this historic town.
A typical building in this historic town.


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    • VacationAustralia profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Australia

      oliversmum thanks so much for dropping by :-)

      Thanks very much for your kind comment and yes the Might Murray River certainly does have beauty, magic and heritage that goes back over 100 years. The idea of traveling down the Murray River sounds very romantic and without the introduction of the Paddle Steamer the towns on the Murray River such as Mildura, Echuca, Swan Hill etc. would not have been able to flourish as well as they have done!

      Thanks again for dropping by and leaving such a kind comment :-)

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      8 years ago from australia

      Vacation Australia. Hi. This is a great hub on The Mighty Murray River.

      You have really captured the absolute beauty,heritage and magic that is The Mighty Murray.

      I love the idea of traveling down ( part way at least) this River on a Paddle Steamer, it would be enchanting.

      Thanks for the trip, it was pretty enjoyable. Voted up. :) :)

    • VacationAustralia profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Australia

      SweetiePie so sorry to take so long to respond to this comment it appears to have slipped through the cracks!

      The Murray River is such a wonderful place to get away to and relax. My wife and I had a marvelous 8 day trip on the Murray aboard a Paddle boat. We had a great time as most evenings we pulled up to shore and had a BBQ and great entertainment. The Murray is such a diverse region along it's whole length that one Hub does not do it full justice!

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      8 years ago from Southern California, USA

      The Murray River is very long, and I am sure it would be fun to travel down the entire length of it. Glad to hear about all the beautiful locals Australia has to offer!


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