Follow the Murray

Loxton to Albury-Wodonga

Total Distance: 1015km
13hr 10min

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The Murray River is one of the world’s longest stretches of water and offers endless appeal. Aside from allowing for all manner of aquatic fun, the Murray River is dotted with enticing historical spots, superb scenery, and natural wonders. Follow the Murray touring route thoroughly explores this massive waterway, departing in South Australia and cutting through Victoria and New South Wales.

Highlights

  • Tempt the taste buds along Mildura’s Langtree Avenue
  • Enjoy a paddle steamer ride at Port of Echuca 
  • Be pleasantly surprised at Deniliquin’s Peppin Heritage Centre
  • Choose from a bevy of beaches at Tocumwal 
  • Embrace art and culture at Albury-Wodonga 
Albury Railway Station

Albury Railway Station

Roadside stall, Swan Hill

Roadside stall, Swan Hill

Port of Echuca

Port of Echuca

Loxton

Start

Wherever you venture along the Murray River, embracing the outdoors is highly encouraged. Swimming, fishing, boating, and canoeing are among the many water-based activities, and planting your feet along a walking track or the fairways of a first-rate golf course is a simple task.

Loxton follows this school of thought by offering all of the above – and more. Travel back in time with a wander through The Village – Historic Loxton, which has a collection of old buildings and other displays.
 
View more than 1100 roses at the Loxton Memorial Gardens, appreciate the variable water levels of the Murray at the Tree of Knowledge, or pack a picnic and head to Sturt Memorial and Lookout.

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Loxton to Renmark

40km (0hr 40min)

While there is a direct route between Loxton and Renmark, the longer path unveils prized finds.

Take the Kingston-Loxton Road to Kingston On Murray; it’s home to the popular Banrock Station Wine & Wetland Centre where history, nature, and superb wine all come together. Nearby Barmera is on the shores of Lake Bonney, which suits more water recreation.

Whether you’ve taken the long or short route, all roads lead to Berri. Climb the Berri Lookout Tower for sweeping views and retrace history in art form by viewing the Berri Community Mural.

More outdoor exploration is encouraged at Renmark. This inviting town is home to Ruston’s Roses, the largest rose garden in Australia. Each October, the whole town is at its blooming best for the 10-day Renmark Rose Festival.

To unearth town history, follow the 5km Renmark riverfront interpretive walk or visit Olivewood Historic Homestead and Museum, the former home of the Chaffey brothers.

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Renmark to Mildura

140km (1hr 35min)

The next section of this touring route crosses the South Australia-Victoria border along the Sturt Highway.

There is little to break up the journey on this straight stretch. Cullulleraine is an exception – a large lake that bears its name suits plentiful water activities.

The end point is sure to capture your attention, though. Mildura is a thriving city and the opportunity to indulge in myriad water activities extends to taking a heritage paddle steamer ride.

Grab a culture fix at the Mildura Arts Centre where various art galleries, a modern theatre, and the grand Rio Vista historic house combine.

Uncover the region’s past along the Chaffey Trail or the Mildura self-guided walking trail. Or admire Mildura’s many wonderful art deco buildings.

Mildura has a plethora of first-rate restaurants and the best bet is to head to Langtree Avenue, otherwise known as 'Feastreet'. Or pick up tasty treats at the Mildura Chocolate Company.

Venture slightly out of the city to marvel at the towering cliffs of the Murray at aptly named Red Cliffs.

Mildura and its surrounds are incorporated into the Murray Darling wine region and cellar doors are an easy find.

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Mildura to Swan Hill

220km (2hr 40min)

Become well acquainted with the Murray River as the touring route criss-crosses the Victorian-New South Wales border.

Continue along the Sturt Highway and consider a quick detour just minutes into the journey. Reach Buronga and veer off the main path to visit the Australian Inland Botanical Gardens and neighbouring Orange World, which offers train tours through its orchard.

Back on the Sturt Highway, you’ll soon come across Trentham Estate, a superb addition to the Murray Darling wine region for both its products and views.

Further along is the pairing of Euston-Robinvale, twin towns on either side of the Murray. The Rural Life Museum in Robinvale has brilliant displays relevant to the area’s proud history. Or explore Bumbang Island, which is rich in Aboriginal history.

Remain within close reach of the Murray as you venture further southeast. Along this section are several wineries that form part of the emerging Swan Hill wine region.

Soon enough the charming city of Swan Hill presents itself. Its leading attraction is the Pioneer Settlement, which reawakens a time gone by via classic old buildings and horse-drawn carriage and vintage car rides.

The Pioneer Settlement is the departure point for leisurely paddle steamer rides along the Murray River, and superb scenery is thrown in for free.

Take another look in the rear-view mirror at Lake Boga Flying Boat Museum, which has many engaging displays.

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Swan Hill to Echuca-Moama

155km (2hr)

Departing Swan Hill, a cluster of lakes lines either side of the Murray Valley Highway and – would you believe – they suit even more water-based fun. Lake Boga and Kangaroo Lake are prime examples.

Admire glorious views atop the Lester Smith Lookout Tower at Kerang and photograph striking heritage buildings.

While at Kerang, a detour to Gunbower Island State Forest uncovers internationally recognised wetlands and abundant bird life. Those who prefer walks that involve following a little white ball should take note of nearby Cohuna Golf Club.

Echuca-Moama is enticing and these twin towns combine to allow bountiful holiday adventures.

A paddle steamer ride is a must and the historical Port of Echuca is a popular launch point. It evokes memories of the days when this waterway was like a highway.

It would be remiss to overlook the National Holden Motor Museum considering this is an Australian touring route. Check out the many vehicles and other memorabilia that salute a national icon.

Placate a parched palate in a pleasant way by embracing the Echuca Moama wine region. Grab a copy of the Echuca Moama & District Food and Wine Trail to guide you around.

Children will love Adventure Play Park. With its many attractions, it sure beats your average playground.

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Echuca-Moama to Deniliquin

75km (1hr)

Journey along the Cobb Highway to continue the Follow the Murray touring route.

A diversion to Barmah will tempt nature lovers. Barmah National Park and neighbouring Millewa forest on the New South Wales side combine to form the largest River Red gum forest on the planet.

Venturing away from the Murray, Deniliquin is situated on a different stretch of water – the Edward River.

The leading historical attraction in Deniliquin is the Peppin Heritage Centre, which includes a museum. Among its themes is the Peppin Merino story – an underrated yet significant slice of history.  

In addition, Deniliquin is home to impressive heritage buildings, but they are unlikely to grab as much attention as the Ute on the Pole structure. It pays tribute to Deniliquin’s standing as the world’s ute capital. This is celebrated each October at the Deni Ute Muster Play on the Plains Festival.

Island Sanctuary is another great attraction and is a haven for dozens of bird species as well as wildlife and native vegetation.

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Deniliquin to Tocumwal

80km (1hr)

Take the Riverina Highway to Finley – it has a lake that supports more aquatic adventures – before venturing on to the Newell Highway. Soon, you’ll be reunited with the Murray in spectacular fashion.

Tocumwal entices: a whopping 20-plus sandy beaches are within just five minutes of the town centre.

On dry land, club wielders should take note of the magnificent 36-hole Tocumwal Golf Club.

A trio of museums are most engaging. Chrystie's Museum displays a plethora of old vehicles, Tocumwal Historic Aerodrome Museum retraces the town’s World War II link, and Tocumwal Railway Heritage Museum has items dating back more than a century.

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Tocumwal to Yarrawonga-Mulwala

55km (0hr 50min)

Only 10 minutes south of Tocumwal at Koonoomoo is the Big Strawberry where a feast of strawberry-related products will tempt.

Continue along to Cobram; it will attract golfers’ attention yet again. The Cobram Barooga Golf Club has two championship standard courses. Or stroll within Quinn Island Wetlands Sanctuary.

Whether your activity of choice requires you to use an oar, rod, or club, Yarrawonga-Mulwala will prove gravitating.

The twin towns are on the edge of massive Lake Mulwala – cue more water activity – and its two foreshores are brilliant for families and well suited to a picnic.

Golfers are blessed with another gem. The 45-hole Yarrawonga Mulwala Golf Club is Australia’s largest public access golf course. Or head to Chinaman's Island for a pleasant – and possibly less wayward – walk.

Tunzafun will grab children’s attention with its various amusements and rides, and the Yarrawonga Mulwala Pioneer Museum has an almighty collection.

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Yarrawonga-Mulwala to Shepparton

85km (1hr 15min)

The next leg of this touring route takes you to Shepparton, situated within the rich dairy, fruit growing, and agricultural region of the Goulburn Valley.

The city has extensive appeal. Start at the Shepparton Art Museum, which includes works by prominent Australians. The Moooving Art concept is captivating – it consists of colourful fibreglass cows that are scattered around town.

KidsTown adventure playground will keep children entertained with its wide assortment of attractions, while Aquamoves provides more water-based fun such as a water slide and Tarzan swing.

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Shepparton to Wangaratta

100km (1hr 20min)

Enjoy a glimpse of the High Country on this stretch, beginning with the city of Benalla. A stroll along the Lake Benalla Walking Track provides a fine introduction to this city. Stroll through the tranquil and colourful Benalla Botanical Gardens and uncover prized works at the Benalla Art Gallery.

Further along is Glenrowan, a township that is well-connected to Ned Kelly. This is where the notorious bushranger and his gang were finally captured and various attractions highlight this past. If you’re really gripped by the dramatic story, follow the Ned Kelly Touring Route.

For a glimpse back in time that rewards the taste buds, embrace the historical Glenrowan wine region.

The bustling regional centre of Wangaratta occupies prime real estate, at the heart of extremely scenic yet diverse surrounds.  Premier ski fields, key wine regions, glorious national parks, and that mighty Murray River are all accessed with ease.

Venture to nearby Warby-Ovens National Park for contrasting landscapes that vary from granitic hills and red gum forest to wetlands and more.

Back in the city, history is unearthed with ease. Look for the striking old fire station building – it is now home to the Wangaratta Historical Society Museum. The Vine Hotel Cellar Museum continues the Ned Kelly association, and various heritage walks offer another look back.

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Wangaratta to Albury-Wodonga

65km (0hr 50min)

Become reacquainted with the Murray River on the final leg of this touring route.

As you journey along the Hume Freeway, another opportunity to embrace these wonderful surrounds is presented at Chiltern-Mt Pilot National Park. Admire waterfalls and absorb sweeping views from lookouts.

The twin cities of Albury-Wodonga are lined either side of the Murray and both shine when it comes to culture and history.

Arts Space Wodonga showcases a diverse collection of works and various exhibitions and The Cube Wodonga hosts a wide range of performances in a funky building. The AlburyLibrary Museum and the Albury Regional Art Gallery continue the theme.

A heritage walking tour around Albury unearths splendid old buildings, led by its railway station. At night, the illuminated Wodonga water tower makes for a brilliant photo subject.

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