7 Reasons why the Murray River Should be on your Bucket List

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7 Reasons why the Murray River should be on your bucket list

The Murray River Paddle steamers at Echuca Wharf
With so much to do and see on the Murray River, it’s definitely one to add to the bucket list, here's why.
Paddle steamer Emmylou on the Murray River at Echuca
Bird on the Murray - Echuca
Canoeing on the Murray

The Murray River is rich in history, culture, life, and beauty. Extending 2,520 kilometers long, the Murray River is the third-longest navigable river in the world. There is something here for everyone both young and old. Relax by the river with fine dining and breathtaking scenery, or go water skiing and hiking through red gum forest. With so much to do and seem it’s definitely one to add to the bucket list and here’s why.

1. A taste of the real Australia

Visiting the Murray River is like having an interactive history lesson. Dating back over 60 million years, the Murray Basin took shape. Throughout the years its seen sea levels rise and subside, experienced floods, droughts, and an ice age. Learn all about the rich history of Australia and how the river was formed, Indigenous culture, and the regions’ importance during the pioneer era. There is no better place to immerse yourself in the river’s history than at the Port of Echuca, the third-largest port in Australia during the 1870s.

2. Experience the great outdoors

The Murray River weaves through a beautiful backdrop of limestone cliffs and the largest forest of Red River Gums. There is an abundance of wildlife including some of Australia’s most iconic animals like kangaroos, platypus, koalas, possums, wombats, and sugar gliders. There are many ways to get out and explore the region. From its many hiking and walking trails, kayaking, or canoeing down the river, visiting national parks and reserves, four-wheel driving, and more. No matter how you like to explore the outdoors, there is something here for everyone to enjoy.

3. Great place for the whole family

The Murray River is a great place for the whole family to visit. The kids will simply love the many water parks, pools, riverside beaches, boat tours, and plenty of water sports. It’s a great place for the kids to connect with nature whilst sharing bonding moments with the family. What better way to get amongst nature than a stay at a Murray River holiday park. There are plenty of waterfront parks with fantastic amenities and all the bells and whistles. However, two of the best are Tasman’s Moama on the Murray and Merool on the Murray. Both sit on the Moama side of the Echuca Moama border, with absolute water frontage.

4. Rich in Aboriginal culture

In the Murray River region, Aboriginal culture goes back over forty thousand years ago. Today, you will still find many tribes in the area. The Murray River region is a great place to gain more insights into our Indigenous culture. There are many tours you can join including a visit to the birthplace of the Black Duck Dreaming and the Ngaut Ngaut Aboriginal Site to learn about the Nganguraku people.

5. Great food and wine

The Murray River region is renowned for its sensational food and wine. You will find restaurants, cafes, and wineries scattered along the water’s edge that offer fine dining experiences. There is something to tantalise everyone’s tastebuds with both local and international flavours. It’s the perfect place to indulge in good food, wine, and great company, all whilst taking in the beautiful scenery.

There is something to tantalise everyone’s taste buds

Chef adding the final touches to a dish at Junction Restaurant, Moama.
Junction Restaurant, Moama

6. Fantastic river cruising

There is no better way to experience the Murray River than with a river cruise. There are so many options available, from heritage paddle steamers, modern riverboats, or private houseboats. You can choose to do cruises from 2 hours to multiple days. It’s the perfect experience to relax, unwind, and not worry about a thing as everything you need is right on board.

7. Because it’s one of the world’s largest rivers

Typically, you will always find the biggest and best on someone’s bucket list. Like Mt. Everest, the largest mountain, or the Burj Khalifa, the tallest tower. The Murray River is no exception, it stretches 2520 kilometers across three states and is the third-longest navigable river in the world after the Amazon and the Nile River. So come check it out!

Paddle steamer Hero on the Murray River at Echuca

Where to stay

There are many great places to stay along the Murray River and Tasman Holiday Parks have you covered. We have fantastic options available including waterfront accommodation so you can experience all the Murray has to offer.

Tasman Holiday Parks – Moama on the Murray

This little gem is situated right on the picturesque Murray River in Moama. Nestled within 130 acres of a serene bushland setting, there is plenty of space to relax and enjoy the peaceful and quiet surroundings. On-site facilities include a tennis court, swimming pool, animal farm, water park, pedal cars, pump track, and more. Accommodation options include one, two, or three-bedroom villas, or you can make the most of the magnificent bush setting and try out glamping in one of Talo Retreat’s yurts. It’s not hard to see why it’s been the winner of the Australian and NSW Tourism Awards for three years in a row.

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Tasman Holiday Parks – Merool on the Murray

Merool-Holiday-Park-Pioneer-Cabins

Tasman’s Merool on the Murray is set on 63 acres in Moama, boasting 2 kilometers of absolute Murray River frontage. This Murray River waterfront accommodation is a water lover’s paradise, with wakeboarding, paddle boarding, boating, water skiing, and fishing right at your doorstep. If relaxation is more your thing, there are plenty of sandy beaches to laze around by the water’s edge. The kids will love the playground, games room, jumping pillows, giant chess, and the great outdoors. Accommodation options include a range of cabins, some even pioneer-themed, as well as powered sites for caravans and motorhomes.

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Tasman Holiday parks – Lake Mulwala

Situated in the region of Mulwala with a stunning backdrop of red river gums, you’ll find the perfect place to holiday close to the Murray River. Lake Mulwala is well known for its water sports such as fishing, water-skiing, and river cruises. This waterfront caravan and holiday park has a wide range of amenities including a swimming pool, pier for fishing, tennis courts, jumping pillows, and more. With so much to see and do right on your doorstep, there is no need to get the car out. Accommodation options include cabins, villas, and powered sites for camping or caravans.

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Scenic sunset over Lake Mulwala, Mulwala in the Murray region.

So what are you waiting for? Tick the Murray River off your bucket list and book your stay today.