Step back in time in the mid-1800s, where vast areas of land on either side of the Murray River were opened up to farming, creating thriving inland river towns prospering from the wool trade.
European settlement of less than 200 years is a mere drop in the river, so to speak, but The Murray conjures up fascinating tales of explorers, pioneers, pastoralists and paddle steamers.
If you’re interested in travelling in the footsteps of early explorers or roaming bushrangers, the Murray is a rich source. See the tree marked by Hume and Hovell on their 1824 expedition in Albury’s Hovell Tree Park, or visit the site where Burke and Wills camped at Swan Hill on the 15th day of their ill-fated south-north expedition across Australia in 1860, and where they planted a Moreton Bay fig tree that still stands strong at 30m high.
The first paddle steamer voyage on the Murray River was in 1853 and within ten years there were more than 200 riverboats chugging up and down the river and its tributaries, making it the busiest water highway in Australia.