Born more than a hundred million years ago, the Murray River is the 7th biggest
river system on the planet and the longest river in Australia.
Covering more than 1 million square km of land, the River Murray rises
Mount Kosciusko in New South Wales, and meanders its way across
the landscape, forming part of the border between New South Wales and Victoria,
as it flows northwest. It then flows south across the South Australian state border
to final empty into Lake Alexandrina.
Where the 'Murray'
crosses the border from Victoria, it continues west and south, flowing pass and
through Border Cliffs and Renmark. It is this region from Swan Reach to
Wellington, near Lake Alexandrina, that is referred to as the 'Murraylands'.
Whilst New South Wales contains the longest section of the river system, some
1,721 km, the River Murray is South Australia's longest river at 683 km.1
As the driest state, South Australia gets
more than half the water it uses from the River Murray. The river flows
through beautiful country areas, some parts lined by river red
gums, spectacular ochre red cliffs, wetlands filled with
wildlife, and endless orchards and vineyards. This region offers a range of activities from watersports, cruising, fishing, camping and
many other tourist attractions. Spending time on or near the Murray is indeed
one of Australias iconic holiday experiences.
You can charter a
houseboat and follow the river as it meanders pass steep sandstone cliffs, huge river red gums and
weeping willows, spilling its banks into wide lagoons. Drop a line into the many
waterways, as the Murray continues on
into Lake Alexandrina, the Coorong region and into the sea. Towns on this
stretch of the Murray include Swan Reach, Punyelroo, Nildottie, Wongulla, Walker Flat, Bowhill,
Mannum, Murray Bridge,
Tailem Bend and Wellington.
Check out our listed range of
River accommodation. In addition to our listed online travel guide
information, contact the local tourism visitor centre for your destination for
more attractions, tours, local maps and other information.