Murray Valley Hwy

Murray Valley Hwy The Murray Valley Highway is one of Victoria's longest thoroughfares and essentially traces the Murray River wholly on the Victorian side of the border. This road based trek starting at Yarrawonga, takes in many towns, lakes, forests and reserves before finishing at the orange capital of Australia - Mildura.
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DifficultyDifficulty 0.5/5 Suitable for4WD AWD 2WD Caravan Camper Motorhome Bike 
Distance552.02 kmMinimum Days2
Average Speed78.56 km/hrDriving Time7 hrs 1 min
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Article By: ExplorOz Team
Page Updated: 24 Jul 2013

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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.

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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 and beyond.

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’.


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For detailed checklists & advice regarding remote area travel, you are strongly encouraged to read the following articles: 4WD Driving Skills & Rules; What to Take; Recovery Gear Needs; Spare Parts and Tools; Food & Water; Water Tank; Long Range Fuel Tanks; Suspension; EPIRB; HF Radio; UHF Radio; Satphone; Staying in Touch as well as Travel Etiquette; Care for the Environment; Snake Bite Treatment; Outback Survival; & Driver Fatigue.

Official track reports are reviewed weekly and you'll always find the latest report in the ExplorOz Road Conditions section.
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.

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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
 JanFebMarAprMayJun JulAugSepOctNovDec
Mean Max. °C 18.715.414.616.8 20.223.828.130.2
Mean Min. °C 15.916.012.68.8 5.97.811.813.4
Mean Rain mm 29.023.517.515.0 24.825.129.028.6 25.624.348.822.2
    Best time to travel      Ok time to travel      Travel NOT recommended

What to See

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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.
There are a total of 4 place entries

Trentham Cliffs - NSW

Populated Place Caravan Park Water Body,River,Stream,Falls
Position: -34.2163 142.24791 Altitude: 50m PlaceID: 49165 Updated: 08 Apr 08 02:41

Kerang Lakes - VIC

Water Body,River,Stream,Falls Point of Interest
The Kerang Lakes area is considered the largest breeding ground in the world for the Ibis. Many other species of birds make their homes here as well,...
Position: -35.57107 143.78471 Altitude: 82m PlaceID: 49425 Updated: 08 Apr 08 02:36

Gunbower Island State Forest - VIC

State Forests,Reserves Point of Interest
Gunbower Island State Forest occupies around 130 km of river frontage and features magnificent Red Gum and Box forests covering about 80 percent of the 50 km long island....
Position: -35.79232 144.29144 Altitude: 90m PlaceID: 64713 Updated: 08 Apr 08 08:03

Black Charlie Lagoon - VIC

Water Body,River,Stream,Falls
Position: -35.95144 144.45584 Altitude: 92m PlaceID: 68056 Updated: 03 Mar 06 08:25

Where to Stay

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Trentham Cliffs - NSW

Populated Place Caravan Park Water Body,River,Stream,Falls
Position: -34.2163 142.24791 Altitude: 50m PlaceID: 49165 Updated: 08 Apr 08 02:41

Cobram East - VIC

Populated Place Caravan Park
Camping on the banks of the Murray; either north bank in NSW or south bank in Vic. The north bank is in a national park accessed from Barooga. We camped at Quick's Beach....
Position: -35.97064 145.72166 Altitude: 120m PlaceID: 21529 Updated: 18 Apr 08 04:37


Mildura to Buronga 2.88 km NE 46° 2 min
Buronga to Gol Gol 4.35 km E 105° 4 min
Gol Gol to Trentham Cliffs 4.65 km SE 154° 3 min
Trentham Cliffs to Monak 8.97 km S 160° 5 min
Monak to Euston 57.92 km SE 127° 37 min
Euston to Robinvale 5.59 km E 112° 5 min
Robinvale to Boundary Bend 45.01 km SE 113° 32 min
Boundary Bend to Narrung 9.77 km SE 126° 6 min
Narrung to Piambie 8.96 km SE 152° 6 min
Piambie to Haysdale 7.05 km S 169° 4 min
Haysdale to Piangil North 19 km S 167° 11 min
Piangil North to Nyah 16.84 km S 162° 11 min
Nyah to Vinifera 4.42 km SE 149° 3 min
Vinifera to Tyntynder South 14.86 km SE 123° 10 min
Tyntynder South to Swan Hill 8.44 km S 158° 7 min
Swan Hill to Lake Boga 16.02 km SE 154° 12 min
Lake Boga to Kerang Lakes 19.15 km SE 131° 13 min
Kerang Lakes to Kerang 23.56 km SE 146° 15 min
Kerang to Kerang East 13.28 km SE 123° 9 min
Kerang East to Cohuna 18.41 km E 97° 12 min
Cohuna to Gunbower Island State Forest 8.26 km E 76° 9 min
Gunbower Island State Forest to Black Charlie Lagoon 38.13 km SE 140° 51 min
Black Charlie Lagoon to Torrumbarry 13.43 km SE 149° 13 min
Torrumbarry to Wharparilla North 12.49 km SE 121° 7 min
Wharparilla North to Echuca 13.37 km SE 119° 10 min
Echuca to Moama 5.05 km N 8 min
Moama to Barmah 29.38 km NE 60° 21 min
Barmah to Nathalia 27.56 km E 102° 18 min
Nathalia to Strathmerton 38.31 km NE 59° 25 min
Strathmerton to Yarroweyah 7.37 km E 91° 5 min
Yarroweyah to Cobram 7.39 km E 85° 5 min
Cobram to Cobram East 14.79 km SE 127° 16 min
Cobram East to Yarrawonga 27.35 km E 102° 18 min
Mildura to Yarrawonga 552.02 km     7 hr 1 min
Distance is GPS recorded driving distance (not straight line), Direction is straight line from start to end, Time is calculated from actual GPS driving data.


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