Head east to Cobram Barooga for a swim at Thompsons Beach, Australia’s largest inland beach, and a bite at the yummy Beach Café. A short drive west at Strathmerton is Cactus Country, home to thousands of the prickly plants. Worth a stop in Nathalia is the Barmah Forest Heritage and Education Centre, where you can learn about the environment and history of the nearby river red gum forests.
Next stop is Echuca, guaranteed to get kids of all ages excited, starting with the historic port area – check out Sharp’s Magic Movie House & Penny Arcade or stroll through the fascinating Discovery Centre and learn about river life in the 19th-century. Round off your visit with a cruise on one of the Murray’s historic paddlesteamers.
Across the river in Moama, Adventure Play Park has swings, bridges and flying foxes, while Squiggles Play Centre has indoor fun for kids and an outdoor water park. Echuca is also a great place to hire boats, canoes or a houseboat, and to learn how to waterski.
In the morning, take a detour up to Barmah National Park for an ecocruise among the River red gums with Kingfisher Cruises.
Yarrawonga – Cobram: 36km, 26 minutes
Cobram – Echuca: 111km, 1 hour 20 minutes