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Murray Meander – Corryong to Mildura

Image of the murray river in the late afternoon, view of the sky and the sun behind the trees

Distance: 750km via Wodonga, Echuca, Swan Hill and Robinvale

This tour takes holidaymakers from our alpine region to the semi-arid mallee country right along the mighty Murray.

Start at Corryong, the burial place of Jack Riley (who inspired Banjo Paterson’s The Man From Snowy River). Follow the more direct Murray Valley Hwy or the Murray River Rd, which hugs the Murray, through Victoria’s north-east.

Tallangatta, on the shores of Lake Hume, is a charming 1950s-era town. It was rebuilt by the Victorian Government when an expansion of the lake flooded the old town.

Follow the High Country Rail Trail between Corryong and Wodonga for a great sightseeing experience

Use Albury-Wodonga to explore the entire region. See Lake Hume (a water sports mecca). Visit the legendary Rutherglen wine region. Tour the historic towns of Beechworth, Yackandandah and Chiltern.

Sun-drenched Cobram and Yarrawonga have all the services you’ll ever need.

Yarrawonga offers access to sparkling Lake Mulwala. Cobram has Thompsons Beach - a wide, sandy Murray River beach.

The region has a Farm Gate Trail with everything from strawberries and almonds to chocolate and whisky. Don’t forget to check out thebird-rich Lower Ovens Wildlife Reserve at Bundalong.

Keep heading west and you’ll reach Echuca, one of the jewels of the Murray. Its river redgum reserves, historic river port, paddle-steamers and CBD ooze old-world charm.

One of the great treasures of the Echuca region is the Barmah National Park. This stunning mix of river redgums and wetlands is home to countless bird, animal and plant species. It's also central to the culture of the local Traditional Owners.

From there, travellers turn north-west towards Kerang and the Kerang Lakes and Gannawarra wetlands. Both areas are Ramsar-recognised wetlands and are of world significance.

The Gunbower National Park and Gunbower Island is home to many birds and 24 reptile species.

The Murray Valley Hwy skirts a chain of natural lakes including Lake Charm and Lake Boga.

Lake Boga has a fascinating World War II history as a base for Catalina flying boats. A trip to Barham and Koondrook gives visitors to these vibrant twin river towns gives travellers a sense of the area’s redgum forestry past.

Swan Hill was named by explorer Major Thomas Mitchell for its abundant birdlife. The famous Pioneer Settlement and nearby Tyntynder Homestead give visitors a glimpse of the area’s river port history.

There are walking and cycling trails throughout the Swan Hill region. There are many opportunities for birdwatching in the majestic river redgum forests.

There are wineries and farm stops along the way north from Swan Hill. Camp our bushwalk at Belsar Island, Bumbang Island Historical Reserve, near Robinvale, and Boundary Bend.

Continue west on the Robinvale-Hattah Road, which meets the Calder Hwy at Hattah. Explore the stunning Hattah-Kulkyne National Park. The park has crystal lakes, a gorgeous mall and river redgum stands and, of course, the mighty Murray.

Then it’s a short drive north to Mildura, one of the most comfortable regional cities in Australia.

Use it as a base to enjoy the region's food and wine. See the stunning ochre crags along the river at Red Cliffs. Explore the Murray-Sunset National Park. Hop the NSW border to see the stunning Mungo National Park and ancient Perry Sandhills on the NSW side.

Before you go:

  • download the VicEmergency app and tune into the local emergency broadcasters
  • remember to keep 1.5 metres from anyone you don’t live with
  • carry a fitted face mask to wear in large retail premises or if you’re in a crowd
  • get tested and isolate at your accommodation if possible if you have any coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms while you’re away
  • book ahead or have a plan B in case your destination is at capacity
  • never leave a campfire unattended, and always extinguish them with water rather than soil
  • don’t forget to shop local and support our Victorian businesses and producers, and

Keep up-to-date on public health information at www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au

Reviewed 01 April 2021

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