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Summer Self-Drive & Touring

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Exploring the glorious waterways and nearby towns and villages is a perfect way to spend your summer 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, warm days and 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 paddle and splash on those warmer days. 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 summer life.

Arrival Day 1 – Howlong

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 becomes active late in the summer but can be caught all year round … If you’re lucky, that’s dinner sorted!

Otherwise, you’re still in luck, as the nearby Courthouse 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 a summer evening stroll is built into the experience. Settle in for a meal and drink in a beer garden, and enjoy the gloriously warm afternoons and long, balmy evenings.

More about Howlong

Day 2

After a fresh summer breakfast at the 1/2 Acre Coffee Lounge, pack up your gear and drive the easy 20 minutes to Corowa. Wander the historic 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 to Balldale Hotel for a real country pub experience and try the Balldale Ale. Or 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. The beer garden is a great place to while away a warm evening. While you’re in Oaklands, take in the town’s historical Vintage Machinery Museum.

Day 3 - Urana and Mulwala

Kick off the day by 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. It’s a great place to cast a fishing line too. After lunch head back down south to vibrant Lake Mulwala for lakeside leisure, water sports and even more fishing. Wherever you go, there are camping grounds and caravan parks to relax in, giving you all the time in the world to enjoy the simplicity of nature.

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, glorious summer days in the region North of the Murray are just the beginning…