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Moama Set to Light up the Murray this Winter

10 May 2024

Moama Set to Light up the Murray this Winter

The spectacular Moama Lights is returning to River Country this winter from July 5-28 and is your perfect excuse to book a holiday with family and friends. Now in its fourth year, this extraordinary event delights all ages, taking guests on a whimsical journey through both sound and light at Moama’s stunning Horseshoe Lagoon on the banks of the legendary Murray River. This year’s Moama Lights theme, Enchanted Nights honours the captivating beauty of this place - like you’ve never seen it before. Nestled amidst the wintry beauty of the bush and the flowing river, Moama Lights will transform the natural landscape into a mesmerising spectacle as twilight descends. Inspired by the Banjo Patterson poem The Daylight is Dying, this year’s show aims to capture elements of nature that come to life when the sun sets over the lagoon. Expect illuminated ripples dancing on the water’s surface, projections of local children’s artwork on the landscape and shared tales of the bushland’s mystery. Wandering at your leisure along the illuminated path towards the historic Moama Wharf is a sight to behold. You’ll be embraced by majestic river redgums and serenaded by the tranquil sounds of the lagoon as darkness descends. Tickets can be booked now, and note there is a Low Sensory session available on July 18. All details can be found at our Moama Lights information page.

For those seeking a little more winter action, the Moama Ice Skating experience is set to return in 2024 from June 28, with thrills and spills guaranteed for all ages. To keep you fueled The American Beer Garden is also back on site this year, offering your favourite beverages as you sit back, relax and enjoy this immersive winter wonderland experience. Moama looks set to be your ideal getaway this winter - so come along and enjoy the festivities!

Lost Trades And The Smell Of Damper On A Campfire

The Murray River twin towns of Echuca Moama have long been a mecca for fabulous, world-class events and winter is no exception, with a host of family-friendly, musically-oriented and historically-motivated treats on the annual calendar. Starting with the long weekend in June, our River Country playground is host to the ever-popular Echuca Moama Steam Iron and Trades Revival. First established in 1963, this recently revived event attracts lovers of steam iron and lost trades, and families keen to learn more about important local histories and traditions. Everyone loves seeing the machinery, vehicles and trades that built a nation, along with the skills and passion of the people who toil in the spirit of yesteryear. Think steam engines, shearing and wool weaving, wood chopping and the smell of damper cooked over a campfire. Not to mention working horses, miniature railways, kids activities, face painting, animal nursery and a model boat display - something for everyone!

This fabulous event runs across Saturday and Sunday of the King’s Birthday Long Weekend in June and booking tickets is recommended.

Cure Your Winter Blues with some Rock ‘n Roll

Another hot ticket item you must get your hands on when you visit River Country this winter is the magnificent Echuca Moama Winter Blues Festival.

This homegrown event has been running for more than 20 years on the last weekend in July and is a firm favourite with locals and visitors keen to kick the winter blues. Come July 25-28, Echuca’s historical Port precinct wakes from its winter slumber with a bang, treating guests to some of the best musicians in the country. It’s a weekend of free musical entertainment that not only satisfies the most discerning blues fan, but also those seeking a chilled vibe. Set in the old-world charm of the historic port, it’s a melting pot of soulful tunes, friendly revellers, hearty food and delicious beverages - what more could you ask for!

Further downstream on the Murray River, the good folk of Koondrook Barham also know how to throw a decent winter event with the fabulous Rock by the River Festival. Hosted by CluBarham, this fun-filled four-day event offers the best of country hospitality, alongside amazing live rock ‘n roll music from the likes of The Zephyr Project, Jump ‘n Jive Adelaide and Uptown Catz. Not to mention fill-in sets from DJ Angelo and dance lessons from the Alley Catz. This is a weekend of grooving and moving which you don’t want to miss. Book now for this popular event, which runs from August 22-25 and get ready to rock the Murray this winter!

After enjoying some top class blues and rock ‘n roll in River Country, you’ll need some sustenance to keep you fueled. This region well and truly has you covered for excellent food and fine wine, starting with a truly unique dining experience at Moama’s stunning Junction. Junction is revered along the Murray and ably complemented by an array of gastronomic offerings from Echuca Moama to Koondrook Barham. Winter warming pub meals are just your ticket for an afternoon in front of an open fire, with a bold glass of local Shiraz in hand.

Local produce abounds in River Country and winter is the ideal time to try some local mead, from Womboota’s Old School Winery and Meadery, which you'll find along the legendary Backroads Trail. Mead, or honey wine, is the world’s oldest fermented drink and this family-owned meadery has perfected this ancient craft. Mead is enjoying somewhat of a revival worldwide and you can taste it right here on the Murray River with one of Australia’s pioneers of modern mead making. Honing their skills over 20 years and two generations, the team at Womboota Old School Winery and Meadery are the perfect hosts for an afternoon of tasting and the chance to fill your picnic basket.

Before you head for home, be sure to grasp the opportunity to take a bigger slice of our magical Murray River home with you. The winter months are primed for gathering basket goodies from a generous offering of wineries and breweries, local producers and fabulous farmer’s markets right across the region. Consider it our parting gift…and an irresistible reminder to come back again soon.