Murray Meander – Corryong to Mildura
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.
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.
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 . 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.
Birdwatching, walking, fishing, canoeing, kayaking and water sports are all popular in this region.
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 gives visitors to these vibrant twin river towns gives travellers a sense of the area’s redgum forestry past.
There are walking and cycling trails throughout the Swan Hill region. There are many opportunities for birdwatching in the majestic river redgum forests.
Continue west on the Robinvale-Hattah Road, which meets the Calder Hwy at Hattah. Explore the stunning . The park has crystal lakes, a gorgeous mall and river redgum stands and, of course, the mighty Murray.
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 . 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
Reviewed 01 April 2021