Explore country towns and abundant wildlife on the Murray River

Take a trip of a lifetime on a cruise down Australia’s longest river.

At 2500km, the Murray River is Australia’s longest river and the third longest navigable river in the world. It stretches from the Great Dividing Range in north-east Victoria to South Australia.

Across its great length there are hundreds of native animals species, including 367 species of birds, 85 species of mammals and 46 species of fish. Expect to see many of these creatures as you float down the meandering river, past towering forests of red gum and quaint country towns.

Murray River wildlife

Cruising down the Murray River will expose you to a who’s who of indigenous Australian mammals: grey kangaroos, possums, wombats, koalas, echidnas and the elusive platypus. There’s also an abundance of reptiles to see, including water dragons, turtles, frogs and snakes.

The river is a utopia for bird watchers. More than 350 species of birds — such as black swans, white-bellied sea eagles, red-rumped parrots, great egrets, azure kingfishers, emus, Australian pelicans and barking owls — mean you’re practically guaranteed to see a new bird every time you step outside.

The Murray River has plenty for anglers as well. The Murray Cod is Australia’s largest freshwater fish and can grow to over 110kg. Golden perch, also known as yellowbelly or callop, are also in abundance and highly-respected by anglers for their fighting spirit. Other fish in the river include silver perch, Murray hardyhead and purple spotted gudgeon.

River highlights

Waikerie is a foodie’s paradise, with everything from chocolate to citrus to local wines from Banrock Station. There’s also a lovely Bird Watcher’s Trail, meandering through the habitat of over 200 species of birds.

Downriver is the historic town of Morgan, once the busiest inland port in South Australia. The historic wharf, built in 1878, is evidence of the scale of past economic activity. You’ll be treated to an authentic country experience with great pubs and a peaceful riverfront location.

On the river, be awed by the magnificent Big Bend limestone cliffs. The cliffs are a popular nesting ground for cockatoos and are the longest single bend along the length of the river.

See the wildlife and scenery along the Murray river on a seven-night Upper Murraylands Cruise from $1927pp twin share. Book early and save up to $335pp.

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