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Winter Self-Drive & Touring

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Exploring the glorious waterways and nearby towns and villages is a perfect way to spend your winter days North of the Murray. Whether you’re travelling solo, in a couple, or with a convoy of family and friends, the combination of genuine, friendly towns, simple camping grounds, cool days, crisp nights and wide open spaces makes for a relaxed, easy holiday experience.

Stick close to the rivers and lakes and there’ll always be somewhere to launch a boat or enjoy a stroll. Don’t miss the opportunity to pull over and transfer your touring to a BBQ boat, fishing tinny or organised cruise along our peaceful waterways, and enjoy the simple pleasures of life.

Arrival - Day 1

The towns and villages North of the Murray welcome people towing caravans or travelling in motor homes, and is well set up with facilities to make exploring the region easy and convenient.

Start your journey at Howlong. Grab some bait and some insider tips before heading to the river for a spot of fishing. Who knows? The Murray Cod might be waiting for you. This prize fish can be caught all year round, although it tends to be more elusive in winter … If you’re up for the challenge, you might get lucky. That’s dinner sorted!

If the fish aren’t nibbling, you’re still in luck, as the nearby Court House Hotel, Howlong Hotel and Howlong Golf Club all serve simple meals made from fresh local ingredients. Best of all, they’re in easy walking distance of the caravan park, meaning an evening stroll is built into the experience. Settle in for a meal and drink in a cosy bistro and enjoy the company of the locals..

More about Howlong

Day 2

After a warming winter breakfast at the 1/2 Acre Coffee Lounge, pack up your gear and drive and easy 20 minutes to Corowa. Wander the pretty main street at your own pace, looking out for signposted heritage sites commemorating the town’s role in Australia’s Federation. There are things to discover around every corner, including the Federation Museum. Alongside information and artefacts related to important 1893 Corowa Conference on Federation, we also celebrate local artists. One of Australia’s most iconic paintings – Tom Roberts’ ‘Shearing The Rams’ – was painted at Brocklesby Station near Corowa in 1890. A copy of the painting, together with extra details are on display. We also proudly display several high-quality photographic facsimiles of works by Tommy McCrae, a local 19th century aboriginal artist, now nationally recognised. Originals are stored in a secure location.

Pop into Corowa Whisky and Chocolate for lunch. The grand Corowa Flour Mills building – dating back to the 1920s – is the perfect venue for informative tours and delicious samples. Try a tipple or make your own giant freckle. Or both! In the afternoon, head north to Oaklands, a small town with overnight RV parking. The Oaklands Hotel offers classic Aussie pub meals (bangers and mash, burgers, fish and chips and more) and locals always up for a chat. While you’re in Oaklands, take in the town’s historical Vintage Machinery Museum.

Day 3 - Mulwala or Urana

Depending on your preferences (and the weather forecast), kick off the day either heading north to the aquatic playground of Urana – featuring waterside walking tracks and sculptures that form part of a sculpture trail that also takes in Corowa, Boree Creek, Oaklands and Morundah – or back down to vibrant Lake Mulwala for lakeside leisure, water sports and fishing). Wherever you go, there are camping grounds and caravan parks to relax in.

More about Urana

More about Mulwala

And from here, the whole region – and the rest of the Murray River – are your playground. From RV-friendly towns (including Daysdale near Oaklands) to the quiet relaxation of free camping by the river, your mild autumn days in the region around Corowa is just the beginning…