This trek follows the Murray River
, also known as the ‘Mighty Murray’, which is Australia
’s largest river measuring at 2,575kms in length. The Murray River
begins its journey by water draining from some of Australia
’s highest peaks in the Snowy Mountains
. It flows west through the Riverina Plains, heading past Mildura
where it bends south at the historic township of Morgan
and then coming to an end into Lake Alexandrina in South Australia
This trek not only takes in the natural beauty of the Murray River
and its surrounds, but also the historic beauty with the many towns along the way. Towns like Echuca
which had the biggest inland port in Australia
, Swan Hill
which has an authentically recreated 19th century Mallee town and Mildura
- which has abundant significance to Aboriginal culture as well as explorers
such as Captain Charles Sturt who named the Murray and Darling Rivers.
How to Use this Trek Note
The idea of a Trek Note, is that we provide a recommended route to explore an area with point-to-point guidance and extensive trip planning information about when to go, what to see, and where to camp. However, all the facts and data files are available should you prefer to build your own route/itinerary.
To see the route we recommend, click on the "Map" tab. Then, use the Moving Map Control to take a virtual tour of the route. You can reverse the order of the direction notes by clicking the arrow alongside the words Start/Finish at the very top of the information on this page.
Click on the "What to See" & "Where to Stay" tabs to see more about each Place that the route follows. Click each listed Place to open a separate page (and download for Members only) to enrich your understanding of the area.
A text list of Place to Place distances (see Directions tab) is given, plus you can download the route file to load into your GPS/Navigator. Go to our shop
to obtain the complete EOTreks Route Files
If you just want the raw data files (for use with mapping software or to load into a GPS/Navigator), then the track file and waypoints are downloadable for free (Members only), using the Download Treks button at the top of this page.
You can also print this page (use the print icon button) and text from all sections (Description, Preparation, What to See, Where to Stay, Directions, Related, Feedback
) will be reformatted into one easy-to-read document (except for detailed Place information – do these separately).
Due to the close proximity of the Murray River
, there is a mixture of dry, arid country and fertile, irrigated land, which makes a rather interesting drive. The route is relatively good and there are many long straight sections on flatter terrain. As you journey from Yarrawonga, the timbered countryside diminishes and turns to more dry and arid conditions as you head closer towards Echuca
Some of the Fauna you may encounter especially in the Murray River
parklands region are predominantly kangaroos, emus and koalas. There are over 200 species of birds such as the Australian White Ibis and the Straw-necked Ibis. You may even be lucky to see a Peregrine Falcon flying high in the sky.
Gunbower Island State Forest, near Cohuna occupies around 130kms of river frontage and features magnificent Red Gum and Box forests covering about 80 percent of the 50km long island. This amazing floodplain between the Murray and Gunbower Creek features a large variety of waterbirds.
The Murray River
region is rich with cultural and English/European historical significance. Local indigenous people had lived along the Murray River
for more than 10,000 years. This is evident in some shell middens (kitchen hearths), burials and scar trees that you may discover while exploring around. Please respect these Australian heritage
sites, which are protected by law.
One of the greatest explorations of this region in Australian history belongs to Captain Charles Napier Sturt. He was an English explorer who led several expeditions into the interior of the continent, starting from both Sydney
and later from Adelaide
. As he was searching to determine if there was an ‘inland sea’, his expeditions traced several of the westward-flowing rivers, establishing that they all merge into the one river, which he subsequently named ‘Murray River
Although there are many fuel outlets along this route for filling up your vehicle, this trek is nearly 600kms long so please make sure you carry enough fuel between major towns. Accommodation is plentiful and most towns will provide either caravan parks or motels if you wish to stay overnight. Your vehicle should also be in good working order before undertaking a long journey such as this trek.
As this trek traverses on public highways (Sturt Highway and Murray Valley Highway), no permits are needed to follow the Murray Valley Hwy trek.
Fuel Supplies & Usage
Best Time To Visit
Generally, this trek can be undertaken all year round, although it can get rather cold during the winter months. That said, this may be at a time when the Murray River
is flowing at it's peak.
Closest Climatic Station
Swan Hill Aerodrome
Distance from Trek Mid Point 55.12km SW
Best time to travel Ok time to travel Travel NOT recommended
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This list may not be complete for the entire region. Places
listed here are directly located along the plot file associated with this Trek Note. You can locate other nearby Places
by browsing the map or searching Places
Other things to do, include visiting: Ulupna Island, Barmah Forest, Tyntynder Homestead (the first brick veneer building in Australia), Vinifera River Murray Reserve, Nyah State Forest (almost entirely River Red Gum with a groundcover of native and introduced grasses), The Major Mitchell Trail, Passage Camp, Robinvale, Hattah-Kulkyne National Park, Murray Kulkyne National Park, Karadoc Beaches, Red Cliffs Scenic Reserve, Kings Billabong Wildlife Reserve and the historic Psyche Bend Pumphouse which is the oldest intact irrigation station in Australia.
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