The mighty Murray River as it is known, is the longest river in Australia, rising in the alps of the Great Dividing Range, and forming the border between Victoria and New South Wales before entering South Australia and finally emptying into the Indian or Southern Ocean. It is 1,476 miles (2,375km) long and passes through several lakes, some of them now quite salty due to drought and the intensive farming all along the river's length. It is significant within the mythologies of the Indigenous people of Australia.

Once a major route for trading, it is now a favourite place for recreational boating and fishing, but the river is in danger from salinity and drought. In recent years it has carried less than 40% of its natural flow. Near the river's mouth in South Australia is a beautiful lagoon area called The Coorong, a national park and sanctuary for birds, animals and fish. Nearby is Lake Alexandrina, a fresh water lake where Hindmarsh Island has salt water from the sea on one side and fresh from the lake on the other. 

Practical Info

There are many towns and lakes to visit along the Murray River. Visiting by car or organised tour makes exploring the river easiest. Or you can navigate your way along the river by houseboat.

Tours & Tickets

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Murray River Riverboat Tour including Lunch from Adelaide

3.5 star rating: Worth doing 66 Reviews

Trade in the hustle and bustle of Adelaide for a day in the peaceful, picturesque Murray River region with this day trip to Mannum. Take a 2-hour cruise on the ...  Read more

Location: Adelaide, Australia
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $109.71

4-Night Murray River Cruise by Classic Paddle Wheeler

4.5 star rating: Recommended 2 Reviews

All aboard a classic paddle wheeler for an unforgettable 4-night cruise along the Murray River that takes you into the Australian outback. Discover the rich ...  Read more

Location: Adelaide, Australia
Duration: 5 days (approx.)

From USD $925.92

3-Night Murray River Cruise by Classic Paddle Wheeler

4 star rating: Recommended 1 Reviews

Board an authentic paddle wheeler for a 3-night cruise on the beautiful and historic Murray River, traveling between Walkers Flat and Murray Bridge. Float ...  Read more

Location: Adelaide, Australia
Duration: 4 days (approx.)

From USD $677.26

Coorong National Park Wildlife Cruise from Goolwa Including Lunch

Cruise into the Coorong National Park, pass through locks and barrages and past the mouth of the Murray River. Along the way see a Coorong seal colony, take a ...  Read more

Location: Goolwa, Australia
Duration: 6 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $95.08

Morning or Afternoon Paddlesteamer Emmylou Murray River Cruise

4.5 star rating: Recommended 2 Reviews

Cruise Down the Murray on a genuine wood-fired paddlesteamer, the PS Emmylou! All aboard! Take a 1-hour cruise aboard Echuca's unofficial maritime mascot, the ...  Read more

Location: Echuca, Australia
Duration: 60 minutes (approx.)

From USD $20.84

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