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MURRAY RIVER HISTORY & HERITAGE

With its river trade creating booming townships, the Murray was central to the development of inland Australia in colonial times. The region has seen its share of explorers and bushrangers, and has provided life-giving nourishment and spiritual sites to locals for 40,000 years. 
 
The Murray forges through world-renowned wetlands, the world’s largest river red gum forests and bird-filled lake systems to starkly beautiful outback plains of sandhills, saltpans and Mallee scrub. It’s a rich cultural history in some of the most striking natural settings in the world.
 
 

Indigenous History and European Explorers

40,000 years of history is just the beginning. The history of the Murray is the epic story of a modern nation being born, and it's still being written today.

Farming, Industry and River Trade

Step back in time to the mid 1800s, where vast areas of land on either side of the Murray were opened up to farming, creating thriving inland river towns prospering from the wool trade.

Touring Itinerary

Following the length of the river along the Victoria/New South Wales border, get a sense of the struggle, endurance and accomplishments of thousands of hears of human history.
 

VIEW THE MURRAY HERITAGE TRAIL TOURING ITINERARY

Must Experience

► Visit beautifully preserved Rio Vista and follow the Chaffey Trail in Mildura.
► Relive those romantic All the Rivers Run days on an authentic steam-driven paddle boat at Echuca’s Heritage Port Precinct.
► Step back in time at Swan Hill’s Pioneer Settlement, a faithful recreation of a 19th century port town.
► Discover ancient Aboriginal history with an indigenous guide at Mungo National Park.
 

Hidden Gems

► Learn about Corowa’s contribution to Federation at the Federation Museum.
► Visit the historic station homestead and woolshed at Yanga National Park.
► Experience a preserved 19th century homestead (and working brewery) at Byramine Homestead and Brewery, built by explorer Hamilton Hume in 1842.
► Discover the region’s fascinating history at Nathalia’s Barmah Forest Heritage and Education Centre.