Sun setting over the Murray River.

Murray River

The mighty Murray River is a principal river of Australia & main stream of the Murray-Darling Basin, and one of the world's longest navigable rivers.

The Murray River is one of the most iconic rivers in Australia, running 2,500 kilometers from the Snowy Mountains in New South Wales to the Southern Ocean. It’s also known as the longest river in Australia, and it’s home to a vast array of flora and fauna that make it an ideal destination for tourists who want to explore its beauty. Let’s take a closer look at this incredible river.

The River

The Murray River is a symbol of South Australia’s natural beauty – and there are so many ways to experience it! Whether you’re looking for an adventure or something more relaxing, there’s something for everyone. Popular activities include kayaking, fishing, camping and hiking along the riverbank. For those looking for something more low-key, you can also visit some of the nearby towns, or simply sit back and relax while taking in breathtaking views from one of the many picnic spots along the river.

The Murray River (River Murray in South Australia) is Australia's longest river. At 2,508 km in length, the Murray rises in the Australian Alps, draining the western side of Australia's highest mountains and, for most of its length, meanders across Australia's inland plains, forming the border between the states of New South Wales and Victoria as it flows to the northwest, before turning south for its final 500 km or so into South Australia, reaching the ocean at Lake Alexandrina.

The Murray Wildlife

The Murray River is also renowned for its unique wildlife. You can spot kangaroos grazing by the side of the water during sunrise or sunset, and koalas sleeping high up in tree branches during the day. There are also plenty of bird species that call this area home – including pelicans, herons, ibis and cormorants – so don’t forget your camera!

First Nation Peoples

It isn't just wildlife that makes this river special; it's also full of history. From Indigenous Dreamtime stories to colonial settlements along its banks, there are plenty of stories to discover as you explore this beautiful part of South Australia. You can even take a tour with a local guide who will share their knowledge about Aboriginal culture and history as well as interesting facts about local plants and animals.

The River Trade

In the 19th century the river supported a substantial commercial trade using shallow-draft paddle steamers. The arrival of steamboat transport was welcomed by pastoralists who had been suffering from a shortage of transport due to the demands of the gold fields. The volume and value of river trade made Echuca Victoria's second port and in the decade from 1874 it underwent considerable expansion. River transport began to decline once the railways touched the Murray at numerous points. The unreliable levels made it impossible for boats to compete with the rail and later road transport. However, the river still carries pleasure boats along its entire length. Today, most traffic on the river is recreational. Small private boats are used for water skiing and fishing. Houseboats are common, both commercial for hire and privately owned. There are a number of both historic paddle steamers and newer boats offering cruises ranging from half an hour to 5 days.

The Murray River is an iconic destination in South Australia that offers visitors an unforgettable experience filled with adventure and discovery. From spotting unique wildlife along its banks to learning about Indigenous culture and history through guided tours – there really is something for everyone here! So if you're looking for a fun-filled way to explore nature without sacrificing comfort, then consider visiting this majestic part of Australia - you won't regret it!



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