Caravanning Australia is back with another travel guide, dedicated to the famous Murray River. Follow us on our journey from Albury–Wodonga to Mildura in our three-part series.
One of Australia’s longest and most prolific rivers, the Murray River has been an integral part of Australian history for thousands of years. The first custodians named it Millewa – or Tongala – and lived along the river, using it to discover food.
Originating in Mount Kosciuszko, the river runs through New South Wales and Victoria, into South Australia and finally ending in the Southern Ocean. Camping along the Murray River has been a staple for Australians for countless years.
Albury–Wodonga to Echuca
242 kilometres, three hours
A common resting point between Melbourne and Sydney, Albury–Wodonga has a lot on offer as your first destination. Head down to the river to discover wildlife, swim or even canoe. If you’re wanting to immerse yourself in art, head down to the Murray Art Museum to gaze at the 2400 contemporary pieces in their gallery. For nature lovers, the botanical gardens in Albury is perfect for the entire family, with interactive garden spaces for the children, rainforest and heritage trails. Once your exploring is done and dusted, head down to the Albury Brewhouse for a bite to eat before you hit the road.
Heading towards Echuca, a common pit stop for fishing fanatics is the Murray Valley Highway for some freshwater fishing. Lake Hume also has an abundance of redfin, yellowbelly, trout and Murray cod. Golfing fans may also enjoy a stop to Yarrawonga Mulwala Golf Club Resort, Australia’s largest public-access golf course.
Another memorable stop along the way will be Cactus Country. The area is filled with over 4000 species of cacti and they even offer cactus cake and ice cream!
After leaving Cactus Country, you’ll be just a short hour’s drive from Echuca!
Pictured is Lake Mulwala, Victoria. Image courtesy Visit Victoria.