Road Tripping Along the Murray River

Aerial panoramic landscape of eroding sandstone shores of Murray RIver at dusk

Australia’s longest river weaves its way down from the New South Wales Snowy Mountain Alps and branches off into over 2,500 kms of estuaries and adjoining riverways.

The ‘Mighty Murray’ as it is commonly known, has led to surrounding regions having an abundance of fresh local produce, gourmet wines and must do adventures.

A huge source of tourism for Regional NSW, the Murray is dotted with friendly welcoming communities making it a prime pick for short or long-term contracts. Check out some of our favourite finds below!

Lake Mulwala

A must do while visiting the region, Lake Mulwala is an unforgettable site. Lake Mulwala was once free of water until construction of the Murray dam and subsequent flooding created a natural lake in the town of Mulwala.

The once bright red River gums still stand within the middle of the dam, they have since died and become an eerie white reminder of the lake’s origins.

The haunting landscape is popular for local kayakers, bushwalkers, and keen fisherman thanks to the booming fish population. You can hire Houseboats from River of Islands and take a few days cruising around the area on the luxury of your own floating home!

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Mungo National Park, NSW

Mungo National Park

Mungo National Park is set back from the Murray and offers the perfect alternative for those who prefer not to get their feet wet.

Home to the most significant archaeological findings in Australian History, the Mungo Man and Mungo Lady, Mungo National Park is steeped in ancient history.

Using a local guide to is the best way to understand the significance of the Mungo Man and Lady and how their discovery in the 70s has changed Australia’s history books.

The local guides also teach you their bush tucker skills, reveal the highlights of the Walls of China and will fascinate you with dreamtime stories of the local Indigenous population. If you are keen for a tour, make sure to book the afternoon slot so you can catch the sunset– you can even camp overnight under the stars.

Corowa Whiskey and Chocolate

Set in an old flour mill built in the 1920s, Corowa Whisky and Chocolate is a site to be seen along the Murray River. The 100-year-old mill factory shut its doors in the 1970s, much to the dismay of the town.

Over 40 years later, two locals bought the factory for $1 from the council and the Corowa Whiskey and Chocolate distillery dream came alive!

The factory is a huge hit for locals, with a gourmet restaurant, function spaces, daily chocolate and whisky tours all showcasing the local produce and rich history of Corowa. The whiskey produced is made with grains from local farmers, aged in handmade copper stills with water pulled right out of the Murray.

 

Tocumwal Golf Course

Set on a magnificent 36-hole course, Tocumwal is a world-class golf course that any novice or expert should experience along the Murray. If you prefer wining and dining over teeing off, the Clubhouse has an excellent array of local wines, spirits and produce to eat while overlooking the greens. The township of Tocumwal is also home to boutique cafes, museums and craft shops – if you prefer to spend your days strolling.

The Murray is made for keen golfers! There are golf tours which take you to all the world class golf courses speckled along the River. Alternatively, if a casual hit off is your thing, head here and choose from one of 30 golf courses within the region.

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Even just writing about all there is to do along the Murray River has us itching to explore it!

Don’t forget to read about our must-have packing essentials for nurse contracting to prep you for your journey.

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