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Winter on the River

The Murray River and our other waterways – including the Ovens River, Goulburn River, Lake Mulwala, Barmah Lakes and the Broken Creek – save their best for winter, especially if you like to cast a baited line from a quiet riverbank or tinny.

The winter months are the only time it’s permitted to fish for the famed Murray spiny freshwater crayfish, which is the second-largest freshwater cray in the world. You’ll need a licence and there are strict rules about the quantity (two per day) and size of crays you can catch. But if you manage to land one (either by hand, an approved net or a baited line – no hooks!) they are deliciously sweet boiled over a campfire. See more information about fishing regulations.

Tours and cruises on our waterways run all year round. Find a sunny day and make the most of it. The M.V. Paradise Queen and the P.S. Cumberoona let you see the full majesty of Lake Mulwala, while the Cobba offers 90-minute cruises along the Murray, departing from Thompson’s Beach at Cobram.

For a truly astonishing experience, glide the glorious Barmah Wetlands aboard the Kingfisher. It’s an unforgettable trip showcasing the splendid diversity of our natural surrounds.

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