Murray River Holidays
This is the north-west region of Victoria and is dominated by the Murray River. It is primarily an agricultural area with only a handful of towns and a small population overall. There are numerous historical sites that confirm the days when the Murray River hosted a significant river transport industry.
The region leaves behind the lush green mountains and valleys of southern Victoria and transitions into the drier red semi-arid countryside typical of much of inland Australia.
Visitors will find mostly river based holiday activities such as houseboats, paddlewheel steamers, fishing, water-skiing and river bank camping. Several golf and Country Clubs offer good golf courses.
Places of Interest - Murray River
Echuca-Moama - these two towns are situated on opposite sides of the Murray River. Echuca is on the Victorian side and is the better known for its preserved original wharf, public buildings and historical exhibits. Moama boasts the Rich River Country club and its well known golf course.
Swan Hill - The Swan Hill Pioneer settlement is a recreation of a port town from the paddlewheel era in the form of an outdoor museum. Visitors will find horse drawn carriages, vintage cars, paddlewheel steamers and a "Sound and Light" show in the evenings.
Mildura - this is a citrus growing centre in a semi-arid region made possible by irrigation from the Murray River. Several popular vineyards are to be found here. The town is a good jumping off point for visits north into New south Wales to Wentworth, Broken Hill and Lake Mungo. Take a walk amongst the stately river red gums and ride the paddlewheel steamer. Pay Big Lizzie a visit and see if you can conquer the Perry Sandhills.
The Mallee Country - a picturesque and peaceful area that supports a major wheat industry and which includes the National Parks of Hattah-Kulkyne, Murray-Sunset and Wyperfeld. The Mallee flora and fauna can be quite unique. The major regional centre is Ouyen.