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Tracing the Mighty Murray River

  • January 22, 2018
  • By 50 Shades
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Tracing the Mighty Murray River

For us 2018 is going to be a quieter year travel-wise as we have other big events happening here at home during the year. However in saying that we are still managing to get away in our caravan for around six weeks of travel tracing the mighty Murray River. We intend heading south to the source of the Murray River, not high in the Australian Alps at Mount Kosciuszko where it is a mere stream, but further down at Albury/Wodonga.

The 2756km long Murray River journeys across the Australian continent forming the border between New South Wales and Victoria, where it is joined by several other rivers including the Mitta Mitta, Ovens, Goulburn, Campaspe, Loddon, Murrumbidgee and the Darling Rivers. This mighty river twists and turns on its westward journey, until it meets the Southern Ocean, in Goolwa,  South Australia.

From the Queensland/NSW border we will drive south down the Pacific Coast, past Sydney. When we reach Ulladulla on the South Coast of New South Wales we will head west to Goulburn on the Hume Highway and then south towards the Victorian border, Murray River and Albury/Wodonga. Once we hit the Murray River our intended itinerary will be something like this:

Victoria/NSW

Stop 1. Albury/Wodonga

Tracing The Mighty Murray River

Lake Hume Weir near Albury/Wodonga

Must sees in this area are the Mt Granya State Park, Lake Hume, The Wonga Wetlands, Bonegilla Migrant Experience Heritage Park and Army Museum Bandiana.

Stop 2. Corowa/Rutherglen

Distance: Albury – Corowa 57kms

Visit the Federation Museum in Corowa, the Corowa Whisky & Chocolate Factory and the wineries across the river at Rutherglen.

Stop 3. Yarrawonga

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Lake Mulwala at Sunset near Yarrawonga

Distance: Corowa – Yarrawonga 44kms

Must sees in the area are Lake Mulwala and Yarrawonga Mulwala Pioneer Museum.

Stop 4. Tocumwal

Distance: Yarrawonga – Tocumwal 55kms

Must sees in the area are the Barmah National Park and Wetlands, Tocumwal Aerodrome Museum and Chrysties Museum.

Stop 4. Echuca/Moama

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Distance: Tocumwal – Echuca 121kms

Must sees in Echuca are the Port of Echuca Discovery Centre, paddle-steamer ride down the Murray River, National Holden Museum and Great Aussie Beer Shed.

Stop 5. Swan Hill

Distance: Echuca – Swan Hill 155kms

Visit Gunbower Island and the River Red Gum Forest along the way to Swan Hill. In Swan Hill a must see is the Pioneer Settlement.

Stop 6. Robinvale

Distance: Swan Hill – Robinvale 133kms

Visit Robinvale Organic Wines and the Robinswood Homestead. Nearby is the Hattah-Kulkyne National Park west of Robinvale.

Stop 7. Mildura

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Red Cliffs of the Murray near Mildura

Distance: Robinvale – Mildura 90kms

Must sees in Mildura include the Mungo National Park, Red Cliffs Lookout, see where the Murray and Darling rivers meet, Kings Billabong, historic paddle-steamer cruise and tour of Orange World. Visit Mildura Brewery and some of the wineries in the area.

Stop 8. Wentworth

Distance: Mildura – Wentworth 29kms

Must sees are Wentworth’s historic buildings, including the Old Gaol, Courthouse, Convent and Customs House, the old Wentworth Wharf, the junction of the Murray and Darling Rivers, Australian Inland Botanic Gardens at Burongo, Lock 10 and weir, and Perry Sandhills.

South Australia

Stop 9. Renmark

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Paringa Bridge near Renmark

Distance: Wentworth-Renmark 143kms

Must sees in Renmark area are Ruston’s Rose Garden, PS Industry Paddle-Steamer, Olivewood Museum, McCormick Centre for the Environment, cliffs at Whirlpool Corner, riverfront walks and a visit to Angove Winery.

Stop 10. Berri

Distance: Renmark – Berri 19kms

Must dos in Berri include an Air Boat ride, River Lands Gallery, Water Tower Lookout, Bella Lavender Farm, Berri Estates Winery, Barmera and Lake Bonney and Wilabalangaloo Flora and Fauna Reserve.

Stop 11. Loxton

Distance: Berri – Loxton 23kms

Things to do and see in Loxton include Loxton Historical Village, The Pines Historical Home & Garden, Banrock Station Wine & Wetlands Centre, Lock 4, Kingston Bridge Lookout and bush walking and nature trails.

Stop 12. Waikerie

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Murray River National Park

Distance: Loxton – Waikerie 75kms

Waikerie area is very much a nature-lover’s paradise with the BirdLife Australia Gluepot Reserve, Maize Island Lagoon Conservation Park, Eco experiences and the Riverland Nature Trail.

Stop 13. Blanchetown

Distance: Waikerie – Blanchetown 44kms

Must sees in Blanchetown are the town’s historic buildings, pretty riverside parklands, the historic settlement of Moorundee, Golden Crest Gardens and Brookfield Conservation Park.

Stop 14. Swan Reach

Distance: Blanchetown – Swan Reach 31kms

Swan Reach has a few historic buildings but the must see is the hairy nose wombat at Old Devon Downs or Kooloola Stations.  Take a walk along Ngaut Ngaut boardwalk at nearby Kroehn’s Landing, and take in the great panoramic views of the Murray River at nearby at Nildottie.

Stop 15. Mannum

Distance: Swan Reach – Mannum 63kms

Must dos in Mannum are the Mannum canoe trail, river cruising, historic walks, Murray River cliffs and Mannum Waterfalls.

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Murray Bridge in South Australia

Stop 16. Murray Bridge

Distance: Mannum – Murray Bridge 33kms

The city of Murray Bridge is the crown of the Murray region. Must dos include Monarto Zoo, Sturt Reserve, Lavender Federation Walking Trail, Captain Cook’s Cottage, The Bunyip and Australia’s smallest cathedral.

Stop 17. Tailem Bend

Distance: Murray Bridge – Tailem Bend 25kms

Must sees in Tailem Bend are the Pangarinda Arboretum, Old Tailem Town and Jervois cheese-tasting. The large expanse of Lake Alexandrina is only 40kms away and is definitely worth a visit.

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Stop 18. Goolwa

Distance: Tailem Bend – Goolwa 99kms

The mouth of the Murray River, where it meets the Southern Ocean, and the last port of call on our trip along the Murray, is Goolwa. Attractions include Oscar W historic paddle steamer, River Boat Trail, Signal Point, the Barrages and a day trip to the Coorong. Tracing The Mighty Murray River

The good thing about trekking down the Murray River is that there are plenty of river camping areas to spend a night of two. We will be taking advantage of these camping spots, but also staying at caravan parks for their facilities during our travels.

After we’ve traced the Murray River to Goolwa, we will be continuing down the Fleurieu Peninsula to Cape Jervis and boarding the vehicular ferry with our car and caravan for a week on Kangaroo Island. But that adventure will have to wait for another day!

 

By 50 Shades, January 22, 2018 Kathy was a 50 something year old when she started up this blog 4 years ago, but has since turned over another decade and is now 60. She is married with two adult children and lives on the Gold Coast in Queensland. She enjoys living life to the fullest and loves to keep fit and active by maintaining a healthy diet and exercising regularly. Some of her interests include reading, movies, travelling, cooking and blogging! Kathy works part-time as a freelance writer but her real passion is travelling and photographing brilliant destinations both within Australia and overseas and writing about it.
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50 Shades

Kathy was a 50 something year old when she started up this blog 4 years ago, but has since turned over another decade and is now 60. She is married with two adult children and lives on the Gold Coast in Queensland. She enjoys living life to the fullest and loves to keep fit and active by maintaining a healthy diet and exercising regularly. Some of her interests include reading, movies, travelling, cooking and blogging! Kathy works part-time as a freelance writer but her real passion is travelling and photographing brilliant destinations both within Australia and overseas and writing about it.

10 Comments
  • Leanne | www.crestingthehill.com.au
    January 22, 2018

    Wow you have it all so well planned out – the only time I hear about the Murray River is when someone does the paddleboat cruise on it – I’ll be interested to follow you along the road instead. Also looking forward to hearing about all the other interesting things you have lined up for the year.

    • Kathy
      January 22, 2018

      Thanks Leanne. I actually spent a lot of my childhood on the Murray River so I’m looking forward to reliving it. It will be aa amazing journey.

  • Sue
    January 22, 2018

    What a wonderful trip Kathy! It’s lovely along the Murray River, we often stay at Waikerie as we have family there. There’s a beautiful Haven hand chocolate making shop there too and very historic towns like Morgan nearby! Happy travels!

    • Kathy
      January 22, 2018

      We will be visiting Waikerie Sue. I will look forward to checking out the chocolate making shop. I will look forward tor it!

  • Estelle Anderson
    January 23, 2018

    What a fabulous itininery you have planned for your Murray River adventure. This is a trip we hope to do in the future. We have visited some of the spots you mention. But to follow the Murray along into South Australia will be such a picturesque trip. Some suggestions: Ulladulla – the Ulladulla Headlands Tourist Park has beautiful views over the harbour, and is close to the town centre. To drive between Ulladulla and Goulburn we drive, with our caravan, along the Turpintine Rd, via Nerriga. There is no real mountain, The road is ssealed, but rather a narrow country road. Just drive to conditions. Near Ruth,erglen we stayed at the Police Paddocks on the banks of the Murray. Hope these suggestions are helpful. Enjoy a great trip.

    • Kathy
      January 24, 2018

      It will be a wonderful itinerary Estelle. We have stayed at Ulladulla before and will be visiting again because I have a brother that lives at Mollymook. Thanks for the tip about driving from Ulladulla and Goulburn. We haven’t been this way before and this is very helpful. We have our Wikicamps App and Camps 9 book so will be looking for great camp spots along the Murray. The one near Rutherglen sounds good. Thanks for this.

  • Melissa@allaroundoz
    January 23, 2018

    Sounds like a wonderful trip you have planned. Love the Murray River!

    • Kathy
      January 24, 2018

      I grew up on the Murray River and spent a lot of my childhood here so it will be like a trip down memory lane for me. I’m looking forward to it immensely.

  • Natalie Newman
    January 28, 2018

    Hi Kathy,sounds fab.Two and a half years ago,we headed off from G C toAdelaide to pick up our new van and “do the Murray”…Ill health forced us to limp home via Alice. The next year we headed south to tackle it from East to West.We only got to Canberra where my hubby had bleeding duodenal ulcers…..so back home! Maybe this will be our year to do it !(as soon as my broked arm mends)
    We will follow your adventures closely , and hope we can do it too.
    Have a great trip ! ! !

    • Kathy
      January 29, 2018

      Hi Natalie, maybe third time lucky for you both! Australia is a magical country to get out onto the road to explore. I also hope you get to explore it someday soon. Happy travels.

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