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Murray River
Australia’s longest river and a sacred place to indigenous communities, the mighty Murray River winds its way 1,558 miles (2,508 kilometers) through three Australian states. There are multiple ways—both on and off the water—to experience the river that runs through several Victoria towns and past striking South Australia landscapes.

The Basics
Your experience of the Murray River depends on where you start. Visit for the day from Melbourne, explore the river mouth from Adelaide, or base yourself in small towns such as historic Echuca and Moama, foodie Mildura, or prosperous Murray Bridge. Multi-day cruises often start from Mannum or Murray Bridge with pickup from Adelaide.

Old-fashioned paddlewheel vessels are the classic way to explore the Murray, whether for lunch, dinner, sunset, or a multi-day adventure. Houseboats are a recipe for a memorable vacation. Alternatively, enjoy a range of watersports, including kayaking, waterskiing, powerboating, and jet-skiing.

Things to Know Before You Go

  • A Murray River cruise offers a leisurely view of nature and the water.
  • The Murray River moves slowly but can have strong currents. Ask locals before you swim.
  • Some Murray River cruise ships and houseboats have wheelchair access. Check with your tour provider.

How to Get There
The Murray River wiggles and winds its way across 1,558 miles (2,508 kilometers) of Australia, rising in the Australian Alps in New South Wales and meeting the ocean at the Murray Mouth near Adelaide in South Australia. Echuca, Moama, Mildura, Mannum, and Murray Bridge are riverside towns; from Adelaide or Melbourne, you’ll need to travel.

When to Get There

It’s possible to enjoy the Murray River at any time of year. High season is the Australian summer school vacation in December and January; Christmas, New Year's, and weekends are particularly busy. For a more serene experience, visit in spring, roughly September to November.

Paddle Steamers on the Murray River

It was in 1853 that William Russell and Francis Cadell opened up the Murray River to boat transport by navigating it for the first time, and flat-bottomed paddle steamers rapidly became the favored mode of travel. By the early 20th century, however, the river freight trade was dying. Today, the only working paddlewheel boats on the Murray River are tourist vessels.
Address: New South Wales, South Australia, Australia
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6 Days Adelaide All-Inclusive Touring Package

6 Days Adelaide All-Inclusive Touring Package

Enjoy all-inclusive Adelaide touring at its best, featuring Barossa Valley, River Murray Riverboat cruise, Victor Harbor, McLaren Vale, wine tastings, Special Winery Lunch, Special River Cruise Lunch and more meals. 6 days in Adelaide, South Australia luxury touring, paddle-steamer cruise, accommodation, breakfast daily, more meals and personalised transfers. Experience a special lunch cruise aboard an authentic Murray River Paddle Steamer as well as a special winery lunch in the famous Barossa Valley. Take a tour of Adelaide city, a luxury coach tour of Victor Harbor and McLaren Vale, the Barossa Valley and Hahndorf along with daily breakfast. Maybe even swap one of the tours for a visit to Kangaroo Island. Themes include: South Australia, Departs from Adelaide, Luxury Coach, Returns from Barossa Valley.
  • 6 days

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