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Boating, canoeing and kayaking along the Murray

For much of its length, the Murray is a slow-moving river – making it absolutely perfect for a range of boating including houseboats, pleasure craft, paddlesteamers and more.
The long, wide Murray is perfect for relaxed cruising – so it’s no wonder that the region has the largest fleet of active paddlesteamers and houseboats in the world! For a sense of nostalgia, a ride aboard a paddlesteamer is a must. Watch the boiler being stoked, listen for the distinctive steam whistle and imagine life 150 years ago. Echuca Moama is the home of the paddlesteamer, with a fleet of authentic restored riverboats and an historic wharf. Mildura and Swan Hill also offer daily paddlesteamer cruises.
The most serene way to cruise the river at your own pace is aboard a houseboat. No need to book a hotel – just pull up where you choose and relax! Houseboat operators along the Murray offer a range from compact 4-berth to luxurious 12-berth models with sundeck, spa, ensuite bedrooms and state-of-art entertainment systems.
Houseboats are easy to drive (no licence required) and offer the ultimate in river freedom. Mildura Wentworth and Echuca Moama have the largest fleets, but you can also find them in Swan Hill and Yarrawonga.
Take to the water and experience the wonder of the many wetlands along the Murray. Canoe or Kayak through some of the most spectacular untouched natural landscapes, from Gunbower National Park, to Safes Lagoon on Gunbower Island, through the Barmah wetlands near Echuca Moama or around Kings Billabong near Mildura. Discover them yourself, or try one of the amazing canoe trails the region offers, like the Edward River Canoe Trail from Mathoura to Deniliquin. There are so many hidden gems to discover along the Murray. Operators in many river towns rent canoes and offer guided trips. Looking to try something new? How about a stand up paddleboarding lesson or guided tour in Echuca Moama. There really is something for everyone and all levels of ability. 

Canoe Trails

Enjoy the gentle splash of oars and creak of river red gum branches as you explore the mighty Murray River by paddle power.