Murray River Touring

Australia's Murray River, our longest river, and Darling River (our longest waterway) combine to form the backbone of the expansive Murray-Darling Basin (along with their respective tributaries).

With such a diverse expansive landscape, that covers about 15% of the area of Australia, the Murray-Darling Basin lends itself perfectly to some great touring routes; and those that are lesser-known that come from years of experience.

The Murray River rises in the Australian Alps (as a spring near a point known as the Pilot in the Kosciuszko National Park) with the majority of its flow coming from the spring snowmelt on the western side of the alpine mountains which includes Australia’s highest mountain Mount Kosciuszko (2,228 m).

From the Alpine region, the Murray river meanders its way west down through the Upper Murray region to Lake Hume near Albury, across the Riverina to Lake Mulwala (Yarrawonga) and onto Echuca which is the closest point the river gets to Melbourne and the reason Echuca became an important riverboat town.

From Echuca, the Murray River heads northwest through the Barmah forest, through which it ephemerally spreads, before heading to Mildura via Swan Hill. About 20 km downstream from Mildura, it is joined by the Darling River at Wentworth, and as one they flow west across the border into South Australia and onto Morgan via Renmark and Loxton.

From Morgan, the Murray river heads south via Blanchetown, Mannum, Murray Bridge, and Tailem Bend before reaching its final destination of Lake Alexandrina, and out to the Great Australian Bight via to Coorong.


The Murray River Touring Routes

Murray River Touring Routes

  • Travel in the footsteps of Vincent James Dowling and other early pioneers who over 100 years ago discovered this area, known as the 'Plains of Promise', as people travelled the track looking for a new life and new opportunities. The Australian author, Henry Lawson walked from Bourke to Hungerford and back in the...

  • Four-wheel drive enthusiasts...the Corner Country has it all. The Silver City Highway may be mostly sealed these days, but there are still hundreds of kilometres of unsealed roads linking station properties and townships alike. With networks of touring routes which describe the historical and geographical landsca...

  • There are many outback towns that claim to be ‘really unique’ but White Cliffs is really one of the truly 'must-see' destinations. It is very small by comparison to Lightning Ridge, another Opal mining town but here, most of the living is done underground. A wonderful 92km drive along the sealed Opal Miner's Way f...

  • Across the Corner Country, a series of interconnecting stock routes were developed to enable sheep and cattle to be walked to market safely. Teams of drovers were engaged to handle the job, often taking months for the journey. The routes extended from the "customs" point of Yalpunga to the rain head at Silverton,...

  • Sturt's Steps follows a route that approximates that taken by Captain Charles Sturt during his 1844-45 inland expedition. With no public roads across the Barrier Ranges, we begin the journey further north that the line taken by the expedition. Leaving Broken Hill the journey begins at the old Yanco Glen turn-off o...

  • In the 1880s a miner’s trek to the Albert Goldfields began in Wilcannia and ended several weeks later on the goldfields of Mt Browne, Milparinka or the Granites (Tibooburra). The demand for transportation and a postal service led to the introduction of coaches, with Cobb and Co opening a branch in Wilcannia in 18...

  • Leaving Broken Hill head out to historic Silverton to take in the many attractions. Enjoy lunch at one of several business houses before taking the road northwards across the Mundi Mundi Plain, heading for an overnight stay at Pine View adjacent to the Wild Dog Fence. Sturt's waterhole on Flood's Creek is locate...

  • Experience the awe-inspiring landscapes and the anthropological significant Lake Mungo as well as a taste of the lower Darling including Menindee Lakes before heading upstream and to Wilcannia and onto the iconic opal town of White Cliffs… this touring route is a must for the adventure-minded. Along the way, stay ...