Murray Valley Hwy

StartClick to Reverse the Dynamic Map and Driving NotesMildura
FinishYarrawonga
DifficultyDifficulty 0.5/5
Suitable for4WD AWD 2WD Caravan Camper Motorhome Bike 
Distance552.02 km
Minimum Days2
Average Speed78.56 km/hr
Driving Time7 hrs 1 min
Article By: ExplorOz Team
Page Updated: 24 Jul 2013

Description

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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Environment

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.

History

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’.

Preparation

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.

Permits

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

Fuel Symbol
DieselULPLPG
4cyl 78 litres4cyl 89 litres4cyl 110 litres
6cyl 85 litres6cyl 100 litres6cyl 97 litres
8cyl 85 litres8cyl 92 litres
Usage is averaged from recorded data (* specific to this trek) and calculated based on trek distance.

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
 JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Mean Max. °C33.032.228.223.718.715.414.616.820.223.828.130.2
Mean Min. °C15.916.012.68.86.04.23.64.05.97.811.813.4
Mean Rain mm29.023.517.515.024.825.129.028.625.624.348.822.2
    Best time to travel      Ok time to travel      Travel NOT recommended

Services & Supplies

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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.

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Where to Stay

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Directions

LocationsDistanceDirection Time
Mildura to Buronga2.88 kmNE46° 2 min
Buronga to Gol Gol4.35 kmE105° 4 min
Gol Gol to Trentham Cliffs4.65 kmSE154° 3 min
Trentham Cliffs to Monak8.97 kmS160° 5 min
Monak to Euston57.92 kmSE127° 37 min
Euston to Robinvale5.59 kmE112° 5 min
Robinvale to Boundary Bend45.01 kmSE113° 32 min
Boundary Bend to Narrung9.77 kmSE126° 6 min
Narrung to Piambie8.96 kmSE152° 6 min
Piambie to Haysdale7.05 kmS169° 4 min
Haysdale to Piangil North19 kmS167° 11 min
Piangil North to Nyah16.84 kmS162° 11 min
Nyah to Vinifera4.42 kmSE149° 3 min
Vinifera to Tyntynder South14.86 kmSE123° 10 min
Tyntynder South to Swan Hill8.44 kmS158° 7 min
Swan Hill to Lake Boga16.02 kmSE154° 12 min
Lake Boga to Kerang Lakes19.15 kmSE131° 13 min
Kerang Lakes to Kerang23.56 kmSE146° 15 min
Kerang to Kerang East13.28 kmSE123° 9 min
Kerang East to Cohuna18.41 kmE97° 12 min
Cohuna to Gunbower Island State Forest8.26 kmE76° 9 min
Gunbower Island State Forest to Black Charlie Lagoon38.13 kmSE140° 51 min
Black Charlie Lagoon to Torrumbarry13.43 kmSE149° 13 min
Torrumbarry to Wharparilla North12.49 kmSE121° 7 min
Wharparilla North to Echuca13.37 kmSE119° 10 min
Echuca to Moama5.05 kmN8 min
Moama to Barmah29.38 kmNE60° 21 min
Barmah to Nathalia27.56 kmE102° 18 min
Nathalia to Strathmerton38.31 kmNE59° 25 min
Strathmerton to Yarroweyah7.37 kmE91° 5 min
Yarroweyah to Cobram7.39 kmE85° 5 min
Cobram to Cobram East14.79 kmSE127° 16 min
Cobram East to Yarrawonga27.35 kmE102° 18 min
Mildura to Yarrawonga552.02 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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