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Autumn Road Trip On The Murray

4 Mar 2024

Autumn Road Trip On The Murray

The freedom of the open road calls this autumn, so pack up the car and go with the flow of the iconic Murray River, uncovering an abundance of hidden gems along the way. Follow the river’s meandering path as you road trip through Victoria’s heartland, discovering the unexpected wonders that await. With milder autumn temperatures setting in, there's no better time to plan your next adventure to the very best spot along the Murray River.

Begin in vibrant Yarrawonga, the perfect place to unwind before you start your journey downstream towards Echuca. As the sun sets, retreat to the world-class luxury of the Sebel Yarrawonga where you can relax by the pool, indulge in the foodie fare on offer at its three award winning in-house bars and restaurants, and overlook the tranquil waters of the lake and river bordering this beautiful, boutique hotel.

Start the day in the very best way by welcoming the crisp autumn morning with a round of golf backdropped by the most breathtaking natural landscape. Tee off as the sun rises at any of the region’s renowned and picturesque golf courses, where the lush, perfectly manicured fairways contrast with the majestic backdrop of the Murray River, as well as the iconic river red gums that rise throughout Lake Mulwala. With over 216 unique holes, and challenges to suit all levels of skill and frustration tolerance, the golf on offer in Yarrawonga is impressive and world-class.

A little nature, a little history, a little unexpected

Next stop, Byramine Homestead, to refuel with some delicious morning tea and to wander the grounds of this beautifully preserved homestead. Built in 1842, Byramine is the oldest homestead in regional Victoria and its grounds boast the oldest elm trees in the state. There’s an onsite brewery and restaurant as well as guided tours, offering insights into the days of early colonial life in the region, bringing to life the tales and plights of the pioneer family who once called this place home.

Journeying west now, following the directional flow of the Murray River, stop off at one of the 100 picturesque river beaches on offer in this region. Sink your toes into the soft sand of Cobram’s most famous Thompson’s Beach, breathe in the fresh river air or take a refreshing dip in its cool-at-this-time-of-year waters before jumping in the car again to head to Mexico…

…Not quite Mexico, of course, but Australia’s finest homage to it, Cactus Country. A little off the beaten path, just outside Strathmerton, this hidden oasis of exotic plants is one of the most unique and visually stunning experiences you’ll find anywhere, period. Wander through Cactus Country’s labyrinthed acres of cacti gardens and desert landscapes capturing the perfect photos against the backdrop of the unexpected and striking shapes and hues these gardens offer. The best views are to be found from the cement rendered dome at the top of the hill and are accompanied by a cerveza from the bar, or delicious in-house cactus icecream.

And if you’re feeling a little tuckered out after tucking into the Mexican menu at the cafe at Cactus Country and seeking a quiet afternoon in the bush, set up camp for the night on nearby Ulupna Island. Free camping and paid cabin accommodations are available on the island with the most beautiful sandy beaches to unwind on and reflect on the day’s adventures, while enjoying the cool autumn breeze and the stunning sunsets renowned of this region. It’s also the perfect place to delight in the company of kangaroos and koalas in the wild, and to get your fix of art in nature through the heavy metal bird art sculpture installation at Ulupna Bridge Road.

Fuel up and bliss out

Stock up along the way with the freshest and most flavoursome home-grown offerings, using the Murray Farm Gate Trail as your guide. The trail points food lovers in the direction of the very best of the region’s produce, dotted along the trail between Bundalong and Barmah. Support local producers as they open their gates to share their passion and dedication to good, fresh, farm-to-table food with you. With each stop, fill your tummies with the fresh produce, artisanal cheeses and gourmet treats this part of the world is famous for and fill your cups with the warm hospitality of the local producers eager to share their stories and the very best of their bounties.

The last stop along the Murray before arriving in Echuca is the iconic Barmah Forest. The largest red gum forest in the world and traditional lands of the Yorta Yorta people, the ancient Barmah Forest is alive with history and significance. Towering river red gums and diverse native wildlife set the scene for exploration. The cooler autumn temperatures afford a more relaxed and easy going pace to wander the forested trails or cruise along the scenic roads, windows down, taking in the smell of eucalyptus in the air and the sounds of the colourful birdlife who call this bushland home.

For Further Information and Accommodation

Use the links below to plan your autumn adventure now, book your stay and tee time and get ready to discover the unseen.

Welcome to Sun Country Visitor Information

Sebel Yarrawonga

The Paddock at Ulupna

Cactus Country

Yarrawonga Mulwala Golf Course

Murray Farm Gate Trail Brochure

Byramine Homestead