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North of The Murray - Your Winter Wonderland Awaits

30 May 2024

Winter is the perfect time of year to head North of the Murray, where you’ll always find a cosy fire, scenic wonders and welcoming locals to warm the soul. Slowing down is the key to making the most of your winter escape here, where you can fully immerse yourself in nature, unearth rich local history and culture, and rediscover the important things in life.

Road Tripping North of the Murray - Arts and Culture Trails

Explore our wide open roads North of the Murray, as you venture from river bank trails and lakeside drives, to the breathtaking country plains so famous in these parts.

You’re never far from the water as you travel across our region, from the mighty Murray River to tranquil Lake Mulwala and everything in between. Our ancient waters will weave calm into your days, slowing time and your pace, so you can fully relax and recharge.
Even in the cooler months, the many rivers, lakes and creeks of this region offer holiday-makers so much, from boating and fishing, to getting cosy by a campfire under a blanket of stars as the great night sky rolls in.

Start your road trip in the lakeside twin towns of Yarrawonga Mulwala where you’ll find one of our excellent Visitor Information Centres and all the intel required for a memorable river-side journey. From here you’ll set sail along the North of the Murray Art Trail, motoring your way from town to town, travelling the backroads and discovering ancient redgum forests, wondrous wetlands, a thriving agricultural community and of course culture, history and heritage. North of the Murray punches well above its weight when it comes to creating art, particularly murals and sculptures, and we can't wait for you to explore our past, present and future through our artistic lens - and an epic 365 km drive through the region. We’ve mapped out an easy-to-follow circular route, taking in all the highlights of art and culture, which can easily be traversed in a day, or two, depending on your preference.

Indigenous Culture and Colonial History

The original inhabitants of the Federation Council, North of the Murray area, were the Bangerang and Wiradjuri Aboriginal people. The tribal lands of these First Nations people extended north to the Murrumbidgee River, along the Murray River from Howlong to Berrigan and south to Mansfield in Victoria’s high country. Our entire North of the Murray region is rich with culture and heritage and we take great pride in recognising, reconciling, celebrating and commemorating both our ancient Indigenous and colonial history. Our self-guided history and trails in Corowa and Howlong are ideal for discovering how these towns and communities - both ancient and contemporary - have shaped our region over time. Be sure to add the Corowa and Howlong History Trail to your itinerary.

Nature Abounds At Every Bend

Nature abounds at every river bend and winding road North of the Murray, and spending your winter escape in our region is ideal if you’re seeking a little sun, a lot of slow and a deep, deep soaking in the great outdoors. Whether you’re spending time on a river bank - fishing line poised - or basking under a blanket of stars around a roaring campfire with family and friends, you don’t have to seek out nature here - it’ll find you.

Be it relaxing by the river, or a roaring fire in a friendly country pub where the meals are hearty and the drinks are always cold, you’ll be captivated by the simplicity of our natural landscape and the cup-filling experiences that come when you slow down to reconnect. Allowing nature to weave its magic comes easily here, thanks to our wide open spaces, big blue skies and clear country air. Rivers, lakes, walking and riding trails, wide open plains and forest bathing all await you North of the Murray. Seek out our Nature Trail when you’re planning your trip, where you can explore woodland reserves, trails, recreation waterways and one of the widest horizons on the planet - they don’t call the Hay Plains Big Sky Country for nothing!

The one that didn’t get away - Fishing North of the Murray

If water-based nature activities are your thing, Lake Mulwala is an absolute must. Here you’ll experience the idyllic and calming waterways of our region and be captivated by the unforgettable sight of majestic and ethereal river red gums and breathtaking sunsets. Located an easy three hour drive from Melbourne, Lake Mulwala offers water-based activities for the whole family including boating, kayaking and fishing. Jump aboard a paddle steamer or hire a barbeque boat with family and friends for a sunset cruise. Book a guided fishing tour with experts or set up camp along the peaceful banks in search of the famed Murray Cod. For more fishing intel, including regulations and safety tips visit our website. The foreshore is ideal for families year-round, and includes picturesque recreation areas with picnic and barbecue facilities, walking and bike tracks, waterslides, playgrounds and skate parks - the perfect winter-warming activities.

For the full experience of nature North of the Murray, we highly recommend a camping holiday, and winter is ideal for roasting marshmallows around a campfire and waking with the local birdlife to a cool and crisp morning. If you’re a nature lover, your options include pitching a tent, parking your caravan or perhaps hiring a cabin in one of our many excellent caravan parks and family-friendly resorts around Corowa, Howlong, Mulwala and Urana. Most camping facilities are ideally located right by the water, where relaxation and family fun are always front and centre.

Winery Walkabout

Finally, if you’re visiting our region in June, you must join us for the fantastic, long running Roam Rutherglen Winery Walkabout event. Roam Rutherglen is on every wine lover’s bucket list and this is your year to see what all the fuss is about. The legendary winemakers of Rutherglen have emerged as one of Victoria’s most progressive artisans for new styles in Muscat, gins, Fianos, Malbecs, aperitifs, Iberian wines and more - there really is a flavour for everyone’s taste buds. This event has been running for many years and also offers cocktails and live music, and an insight into some unexpected winemaking techniques to inspire lovers of wine and wine making. Tickets now include access to two full days of wine festival fun, so lock yours in today!

Don’t forget to book your accommodation as soon as possible for the Winery Walkabout, which runs over the long weekend in June (8-9), or any weekend you’re thinking of coming North of the Murray to visit our stunning slice of Murray River paradise - you’re always welcome!