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Recharge Under A Blanket Of Stars This Autumn

30 Apr 2024

Recharge Under A Blanket Of Stars This Autumn

Autumn on the Murray is the season for slowing down; for shedding leaves, obligations and to-do-lists; for winding back your pace.

There is a coolness in the air at this time of year, and the days are just that little bit shorter. Gentle evenings give way to expansive and brilliant night skies - perfect for recharging your battery under a blanket of stars.

No matter where you wander along this stretch of legendary river, you’ll find space to let go of the things you no longer need; space just to be.

Big skies abound along the Murray and autumn is the perfect time of year to rug up in front of a cosy campfire and take in the vision of splendour. A campfire is where memories are made and screens become obsolete; there’s a reason why they call it the bush television!

Camping is the ideal activity at this time of year, with cooler nights for tucking up in a swag under the stars and for making the most of the many naturally stunning locations we have along the Murray River. From Mildura to Barham Koondrook and further upstream to Yarrawonga Mulwala and Albury Wodonga, your choices are endless. For information on free camping and access to undisturbed and absolutely stunning locations, check out our Camping in Nature info and ensure you always check weather and road conditions before you set off. And, if you’re craving a few more creature comforts this autumn, visit our website for all the best caravan and holiday parks, most of which are ideally located on the magnificent Murray.

Discover Nature Through Art On The Murray

There’s an abundance of fabulous festivals and events on offer along the Murray River year round, and autumn is no exception with nature taking centre stage at this stunning time of year.

Located on the banks of the Murray in Albury is MAMA (Murray Art Museum Albury). MAMA are currently showcasing the National Photography Prize. This exhibition offers an opportunity to consider the vital role of photography in contemporary art in Australia, it brings together artists from across Australia who are developing and challenging photographic language and techniques. Lovers of photography and art should make a date to visit MAMA's National Photography Prize exhibition, which runs from 23 March - 1 September 2024.

There is a long list of excellent Galleries and Museums located along the Murray River, featuring outstanding local artists who showcase visual arts from the past and the present. The Murray region is home to World Heritage Listed Mungo National Park, where you can discover an open-air museum of epic proportions and learn about the history of the area with a local guide. Home to three traditional owner groups, Paakantji, Ngiyampaa and Mutthi Mutthi, this ancient land is sacred to the local First Nations people who warmly welcome visitors to their Country around the Willandra Lakes area. The remarkable archaeological finds of Mungo Lady and Mungo Man - some of the world’s oldest human remains dated at 42,000 years - represent an ancient culture and the early emergence of humanity’s spiritual beliefs. You can visit this unforgettable location by private vehicle on your next Murray River escape (4WD strongly recommended), or there’s the option of guided tours from nearby Mildura. You can also explore by foot or bike, and camp nearby, with plenty of accommodation options at Mildura and Wentworth. Mungo National Park is part of the Willandra Lakes Region World Heritage Area and is 123 km from Mildura and 135 km from Wentworth. Find more information about Mungo National Park on our website.

Discover Ancient Trails And Breathtaking Views

Biking or hiking through the ancient landscape of Mungo National Park is an unforgettable experience, and one of just many stunning bike and walking trails at your fingertips as you journey across the Murray region, from downstream at Mildura and Wentworth back upstream towards the source at Albury Wodonga. If 4WD adventures are more your style, The Woomargama National Park is a must-visit, where you can explore the Hume and Hovell walking tracks, and there are plenty of unsealed roads to test your 4WD or mountain bike riding skills. In this part of the world you’ll discover endangered species, and an abundance of birdlife and local wildlife. And any hike to the top of the hill will be rewarded with epic views of rolling hills, plains and stunning wildflowers.

There’s Always A Farmers Market Nearby

It’s always a good time of year for food and wine along the Murray River and your options are endless, from casual bakery treats and cheerful pub grub to gourmet, fine dining experiences and long lunches at luxurious wineries and restaurants. Autumn can dish up late harvest delights too, and a local farmers market is the best place to fill your picnic basket. If you’re in the Lake Hume area across Mother’s Day Weekend (Sunday May 12) treat your mum or yourself at the AlburyCity Mother’s Day Market where you can indulge in a range of fantastic offerings, including massages, fresh flowers, delicious food and gourmet coffee. Of course, there will also be local and regional stalls, live music and activities for the kids. To discover more of what’s on offer along the Murray River this autumn visit our events information page.

If you’re feeling called to slow your stride a little this autumn, to soak up the warmth of the pre-winter sun, throw a lazy fishing line in the river, unearth works of art and discover ancient landscapes, or simply escape from it all under a blanket of stars…come play with us on the legendary Murray. There’s no place on earth like it.