Luxury, Romantic and Boutique Accommodation in The Murray
Get to know power of The Murray from your boutique accommodation
In colonial times Australia’s most formidable and fascinating river served as a vital means of transportation, ferrying wool, timber, livestock, passengers and essential supplies across Victoria. Today it still acts as a spring of life for the area’s historic towns, outdoor pursuits, pretty landscapes and gastronomic adventures. Farms, vineyards, sun-drenched towns and forests draw their energy from the mighty Murray and visitors are enticed by the possibility of spending a few nights near its banks in one the various luxury accommodation offerings of the region.
The tree-lined Murray River undulates for about 1000km along the border between Victoria and New South Wales. Part of it is straddled by a series of twin cities and towns that once had bustling river ports and are now havens for tourist paddlesteamers, pleasure craft and houseboats.
Albury-Wodonga is the Murray region’s biggest provincial centre and its laidback, country atmosphere laps rhythmically to the flow of the river. Visit parks, gardens and stately heritage homes by day and sample the city’s fine cuisine and local wines by night, then escape to your boutique accommodation. The city’s Regional Art Gallery holds an impressive permanent collection of works by Australian landscape painter Sir Russell Drysdale.
Downstream lies Corowa with its wetland trails, championship golf course and tranquil fishing spots. This was the location of the historic Federation Conference in 1893, which has given the town the eminent title of birthplace of the Australian Federation.
Beyond the river banks, the tranquil wine-growing region of Rutherglen and Wahgunyah is renowned for its aged fortified wines and robust reds. Meander, or perhaps cycle, between wineries taking your time to sample the region’s signature muscats and tokays before sitting down to a slap-up meal of local produce on a family estate.
Echuca courts visitors with its romantic heritage and restored paddleboats, which ply the river on daily sightseeing tours and lunch and dinner cruises. Traverse the historic wharf and step back in time to the days when the river port precinct was a hive of activity, or enjoy the Mediterranean climate with a variety of watersports.
Further inland, the Sunraysia area around Mildura would still be an arid wasteland were it not for a visionary irrigation scheme founded in the 1880s. Citrus groves, olive trees and vineyards dot the landscape and the northbound river is flanked by red desert and mirage-like salt lakes. Thanks to the efforts of celebrity chef Stefano de Pieri, with his prized cellar restaurant, produce store/cafe, books and TV series, Mildura has gained a reputation as a gastronomic oasis. The town is home to a well-established annual jazz, food and wine festival.
Discover our handpicked collection of accommodation on the Murray or, for a stay further afield check out accommodation in Victoria before you check in.