Loxton - Wodonga: Unwind along the Murray River
|Experience the Murray River - one of the world’s great rivers. From the desert country and open plains of South Australia, follow its serpentine path along the mountains of the Great Dividing Range in north-east Victoria. Explore the river on its course to the ocean, and take the time to picnic beside it, sample local food and produce, discover Aboriginal culture and history or explore the towns dotted along its length.
Loxton, situated on the southern bank of the Murray River boasts unique attractions, a nationally recognized golf course, wine tasting, numerous festivals and events, beautifully maintained gardens, and a variety of nature-based activities such as swimming, boating, canoeing, fishing and bushwalking.
A short drive away you can wander Banrock Station's boardwalks, discover the Murray's backwaters and creeks with a relaxing cruise, sample award-winning wines or just relax and enjoy the country hospitality.
Loxton to RENMARK - 41km
Renmark takes its name from the Aboriginal word meaning “red mud”. The town was founded in 1887 following a joint agreement between the state government and Canadian engineers George and Ben Chaffey. The brothers were instrumental in helping to establish the system of irrigation still in use on the Murray today. Renmark is Australia’s oldest irrigation settlement.
Three kilometres outside Renmark is the McCormick Centre. It includes an interpretive model that shows the enormity and importance – and workings – of the Murray-Darling Basin.
Take a stroll along the Renmark riverfront interpretive walk, this easy five kilometre interprets historical information about the town and river.
Renmark to MILDURA - 143km
Mildura will overwhelm your senses. Its expanse of exciting landscapes is a many layered tapestry of colours, textures, tastes and experiences. From meandering rivers and lush farmland to vast tracts of red desert cratered with shimmering salt lakes, Mildura is a place of such diversity it’s difficult to believe you can have it all in one holiday.
The region is equally renowned for its fantastic food, wine and cultural mix. Imagine lunching on fine cuisine and wine in a chic riverside restaurant and the next day soak up the unique pioneering history of tiny Mallee towns surrounded by more than a half a dozen national parks linked together in spring by a carpet of wildflowers.
Mildura to SWAN HILL - 218km
The Swan Hill region, the heart of the Murray, offers a strong culture, wonderful food, a vibrant community and of course a bounty of primary produce including award-winning wines.
Enjoy an historic paddleboat trip and explore the most unspoilt natural section of the rivers 2756 kilometre journey. Take a trip back in time and experience the daily life and labours of the riverland settlers at the unique Pioneer Settlement Museum. Be challenged by some of the most picturesque first class golf courses in Australia.
You can also try your luck in one of the many best native fish rivers in Australia within an hour of Swan.
Swan Hill to ECHUCA-MOAMA - 177km
Echuca - Moama, the paddlesteamer capital of Australia is an ideal holiday destination.
Visit the Port of Echuca to discover the early history of the region when Echuca-Moama was a bustling riverport. Experience the Murray River, the centrepiece of the towns. Travel in a paddlesteamer, go fishing, swimming, canoeing or waterskiing. You can also use Echuca-Moama as your base to explore nearby towns, magnificent red gum forests, wetlands and fauna parks.
You'll be delighted with the variety of shops, restaurants, cafes and accommodation available. Echuca-Moama enjoys a wonderful climate, perfect for holidays - whatever the season.
Echuca-Moama to DENILIQUIN - 74km
Deniliquin is situated on the Edward River, in the centre of Riverina sheep station country and on the fringe of the world's largest redgum forest, where bird and wildlife abound.
The natural attractions of the region and the well developed network of forest trails offer you the chance to free your adventurous spirit. Try kayaking, biking, bird watching, swimming, fishing or water-skiing. Or take a trip out to Conargo and drink in the sunset on the open plains where the uninterrupted landscape allows you to view the natural arc of the earth.
Deniliquin to TOCUMWAL - 82km
Situated on the majestic Murray River, Tocumwal is home to over 24 magnificent sandy beaches, all located within 5 minutes East and West of the town. For strawberry lovers, The Big Strawberry is located just a few minutes drive from Tocumwal, at Koonoomoo, and has mouth-watering treats and gifts, as well as seasonal local produce. If you prefer to take it slow, you can browse the shops in town, take a stroll or cycle, or for car lovers, visit Chrysties Museum.
Tocumwal to YARRAWONGA-MULWALA - 50km
The twin towns of Yarrawonga-Mulwala, separated by the Murray River, boast a large and beautiful man-made lake that attracts holiday makers, golfers, anglers, tennis players, aquatic sports fanatics, bush walkers and campers from all over the world. With a pleasant climate year round, Yarrawonga-Mulwala is the perfect place to play a round on the largest public access golf course in Australia. As well as this, why not enjoy a cruise, or even take water skiing lessons on Lake Mulwala. For enjoyment at a slower pace, visit the Pioneer Museum in Mulwala, take a walk around Chinamans Island, or visit one of the many cellar doors to taste local wine. For a family day out, head to the amusement park, where there are rides and games to keep everyone entertained.
Yarrawonga-Mulwala to SHEPPARTON - 84km
Shepparton is situated within the rich dairying, fruit growing and agricultural region of the Goulburn Valley, with the area responsible for producing around 25 percent of Victoria's rural output. Major attractions include SPC Ardmona which have factory sales supermarket open to the public, located 5 kilometres west of Shepparton and across the Goulburn River in Mooroopna.
Shepparton to WANGARATTA - 100km
Wangaratta is a bustling regional centre surrounded by Victoria's most geographically diverse and scenic region, offering an enviable lifestyle to residents and an attractive destination to visit.
The rich agricultural land surrounding Wangaratta yields gourmet produce and world class wines, making the area a paradise for wine and food lovers! Nearby Mt Hotham, Falls Creek and Mt Buffalo and surrounds are a skier's delight while in summer they lend themselves to the pursuits of bushwalking, fishing, cycling or four wheel driving and camping.
Wangaratta is Australia's home of jazz with the 'Wangaratta Festival of Jazz' held annually on the weekend before the Melbourne Cup being the first Tuesday in November each year. Since inception in 1990, the festival has grown to include 90 events and over 350 national and international artists performing each year. The Wangaratta Festival of Jazz also hosts the National Jazz Awards, Youth Jazz Workshops, Masterclasses and events throughout Wangaratta and surrounding wine regions.
Wangaratta to WODONGA - 69km
Albury and Wodonga sit either side of where the nation’s busiest highway crosses our greatest river. As a meeting point of contrasts and cultures its significance stretches all the way back to the first Aboriginal inhabitants who gathered here long before the arrival of Europeans.
Being on the natural border between the two oldest and strongest colonies, Albury and Wodonga grew up as both river port and rail head. They were the start and end of much of the trade, travel and commerce between the two colonial powers. The contrasts and contradictions of time and place, history and progress, river and mountain, culture and cultivation have melded themselves into an unlikely harmony of differences not experienced anywhere else in the country.