1. Spend Time in Nature
Fresh air, open skies and mighty forests are waiting to be explored. On both sides of the river, you can enjoy national, state and regional parks, as well as riverside tracks. Lace up your walking shoes and hit the trail.
Take a stroll along the Redgum Statue Walk on the banks of the Murray in Koondrook and Barham. Redgum statues of pioneering men and women of the district, along with iconic wildlife, have been created by chainsaw carvers Kevin Guilders and Angela Polglaze.
A little further south towards Cohuna is Gunbower Island, Australia’s largest inland island, and home to redgum and black box forests teeming with native birds, mammals and reptiles. It’s a hiker’s delight, with plenty of bush tracks to choose from.
For ancient and modern history, it’s hard to go past the Barmah National Park. Alongside the adjoining Millewa Forest, it’s the largest River Redgum forest in the world. A stop off at the Heritage and Education Centre in Nathalia is the perfect entrée to this area’s important colonial and ancient Indigenous history. While there, take a cruise and experience the amazing Barmah Choke for yourself.
North of Echuca on the road to Deniliquin is the exceptional Murray Valley Regional Park. The park is popular with bushwalkers, mountain bikers and campers, with marked walking tracks and picnic spots. Check out the Gulpa Creek walk and enjoy lunch at the Edward River Bridge, Five Mile or Ski Beach picnic areas.
Also a favourite for campers, hikers and bush bashers in the Woomargama National Park, between Albury and Holbrook. Join up with the historic Hume and Hovell Walking Track, or create your own history. Note that camping in NSW national parks now requires a booking.