8 Incredible Murray Experiences To Have On Your Big Lap

by Dylan and Zali

1. Hire a Houseboat

Most places along the Murray River will offer a Houseboat experience. Although not the cheapest thing to do, if you feel like treating yourself then a houseboat is the way to go. Cruise the Murray in style, while relaxing in a hot tub on your balcony taking in the beautiful scenery. It will be an experience you won’t forget.

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2. Visit the Wineries

Enjoy some of the best family-owned wineries near Rutherglen. Enjoy sampling various wines, or grab a bottle and enjoy the wide open spaces and live entertainment provided at some of the wineries. With 19 wineries to choose from there is bound to be one you will like.

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3. Go on a Paddle Steamer

Take a trip on one of the many paddle steamers along the Murray. Soak up the serenity of the Murray region for the day or spend a few nights drifting down the river on a paddle steamer cruise. Watch the boiler being stoked and listen out for the steam whistle as you take in the beautiful Murray landscape. There are even lunch, dinner and wine cruises that you can take to add something a little more special to this already awesome activity!

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4. Hire a BBQ boat

One of the best things to do while visiting Yarrawonga. Hire a BBQ boat in the afternoon (4pm-8pm) and start your boat experience from Lake Mulwala and head towards the Murray in Bundalong. Fill the esky and enjoy the sunset while cooking dinner on the BBQ.

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5. Canoe, SUP or Ski!

Spend the day behind the boat and wakeboarding, skiing or kneeboarding. If you are after a bit more of a thrill jump on a biscuit or a banana ride for a fun experience. There are a couple of companies in the area that will let you get a taste for the thrill-seeking action, even if you’ve never tried it before.

If you’re looking for something a little calmer, the Murray’s tranquil waters are perfect for SUPing, kayaking or canoeing. You can hire them at numerous places on the river if you don’t have your own.

Top Tip: Go windsurfing or hire a stand up paddle board at the Yacht Club in Yarrawonga.

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6. Step Back in time

This area is rich with pioneer and Aboriginal history. Take a walk through the Swan Hill Pioneer Settlement and learn about this historical place. You will find the Murray Laser Spectacular, Jimmy Long’s Bakery, The Lolly Shop, Blacksmith, Old Print Shop or get an historical photo taken at the Photo Parlour.

Alternatively, take a walk through time and experience the Port of Echuca Discovery Centre. Here you will find Evan’s Bro Sawmill, Steam Display, Echuca Wharf, Rail Siding and Vans and the preserved remains of the PS Success.

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7. Cast A Line

The Murray Region is an incredible place to fish. Lake Hume, Lake Mulwala and the Murray River itself are ripe with the famed Murray Cod, golden perch and rainbow trout. Swan Hill, Heywards Bridge near Albury/Wodonga and Broken Creek are popular fishing spots with the locals. Head to Barmah, Nathalia, Numurkah, Cobram Barooga, Yarrawonga or Bundalong for tackle and bait (and pick up a picnic too!).

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8. Take The Farm Gate Trail

More than 14 farm gate stores offer fresh produce direct from the farm. You can find a Farm Gate trail brochure at the Tourist Information Centre. Whatever route you take you will be sure to have a great time. Enjoy fresh fruit and veg, wine and wool, oil and olives and so much more.

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