What the heck is Sun Country on the Murray, you might be wondering? We recently discovered that it's a gaggle of quintessential Aussie towns dotted along the Murray River, bursting with natural phenomena (Inland beaches? Tick. Cactus fields? Tick.). You know, the kind of obscure places with names that are fun to say out loud: Mulwala, Barmah, Tocumwal, Barooga.
While people might think you need to live by the coast to soak up the sun at the beach, we’re here to let you in on Victoria’s best kept secret.
If you’re not familiar with Sun Country on the Murrary, let’s get you two acquainted. Less than three hours from Melbourne you’ll find a collection of towns along the Murray River, bejewelled with picturesque national parks, the best cider you will ever taste and our state’s largest inland beach. Yep, we’re for reals.
Guinea pigs, actual pigs (on the run!), beers named after farm dogs, olive oil jelly… There’s a hell of a lot of surprising stuff going on once you get beyond the city’s limits, and if there’s one regional destination that absolutely needs to be ticked off your list this summer, it’s Sun Country on the Murray.
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Make sure you allow time to kayak at Barmah National Park and of course, eating your way through the delectable region. To ensure you do Sun Country on the Murray right, we recommend losing yourself in the roasted onion olive oil at Rich Glen Olive Oil Estate. Drizzle it on everything. Trust us when we say you'll only find the freshest and best local produce any which way you turn. Basically, if it's locally made, try it.
When it comes to cakes, we’re all about maxing out our cals on the most indulgent slice we can find. Julie at Cactus Country recommended the chocolate ganache cake at Café 3641, which is literally a five-minute drive from the cactus farm, and it did NOT disappoint. The café itself is stunning, especially if you’re a fan of vintage pastels and actual teacups, served complete with saucer and silver spoon. Looking for the ultimate in indulgence? Book in for the full high tea and get ready for a feast of scones, cakes and perfectly brewed tipples.