The Murray-Darling Basin
The Murray–Darling Basin, the catchment for Australia's largest river system with its two main rivers being the Murray River and the Darling River, includes over 77,000 kilometres of rivers and waterways encompassing the states of Queensland, New South Wales, the Australian Capital Territory, Victoria, and South Australia. The basin covers an area of 1,062,025 km2 (almost 15% of the total area of Australia).
A diverse geographical area associated with wool, cotton, wheat, sheep, cattle, dairy, rice, oil-seed, and viticulture, as well as horticultural activities (fruit, vegetables and floriculture), the Murray Darling Basin accounts for 40% of Australia's farms. As Australia's most important agricultural region, the Murray Darling Basin produces 30% of Australia's food supply and supports over 30% of Australia's total gross value of agricultural production.
While the Murray Darling Basin is responsible for providing much of the water required for the irrigated sector of agriculture across the region, it is also home to some of the most significant, and culturally important, heritage sites in Australia.
Being within two hours drive of 75% of Australia's urban centres that make up our eastern capitals (Brisbane, Sydney, Canberra, Melbourne, and Adelaide), as well as our inland cities like Toowoomba, Bendigo, Albury Wodonga, Tamworth, Dubbo, Orange, Wagga Wagga, it provides domestic tourism with a vast array of destinations, experiences, and activities.
Within the Murray-Darling basin, there is an extensive network of waterways that feed the two prime rivers of the region, the Murray and Darling Rivers.
Murray Darling Basin - See and Do
The Murray River
The Murray River, Australia's most iconic river, stretches from near Mount Kosciuszko in the Australian Alpine Region to the Coorong and Lake Alexandrina in South Australia. The Murray River has some of Australia's best Touring Routes with easy to follow Itineraries & Maps.
The Darling River
The Darling River provides a basis for Australia's indigenous population and culture, as well as being the basis for pastoral expansion across the outback by providing lifeblood of water for irrigation and transport; but it is a boom-bust river which fits perfectly into the character of this land and its people.