|The Murray, Australia’s greatest river, flows across southeastern Australia from the Snowy Mountains to the Great Australian Bight on the Indian Ocean. The scenery is some of the most ancient on earth with miles of gorges, sandstone cliffs, lagoons and red gum forests as well as vineyards. Restored paddle steamers offer river cruises through South Australia, starting close to Adelaide at Murray Bridge or Mannum and going as far north as Morgan. You will pass huge lagoons teeming with birdlife, fascinating wildlife and historic Aboriginal and settler sites.|
The Murray River is the world’s 16th-longest river at 2,520 kilometres from its source in the Kosciusko National Park. It is fed by several rivers on it’s journey from the Snowy Mountains in the Australian Alps. The main feeding rivers are the Darling and Murrumbidgee Rivers. The Darling River (2,740 km) begins in the far inland of Australia (Queensland) and joins the Murray at Wentworth (NSW).
The Murray makes up much of the border between the Australian states of Victoria and New South Wales passing through towns like Albury, Echuka, Swan Hill, Mildura and Wentworth as it forms the NSW/Victoria border. The Murrumbidgee also rises in the Snowy Mountains but flows through the ACT near Canberra and NSW to pass through Wagga Wagga in the Riverina, Hay and Balranald to join the Murray.
The Murray enters South Australia and meanders westward through the wine growing area through Renmark towards Morgan where it turns southward through Lake Alexandrina to Swan Reach, Mannum and Murray Bridge and empties into Encounter Bay on the Great Australian Bight. Although it is continuously navigable for 1986 km from Goolwa to Yarrawonga, restored vessels today only offer river cruises on the South Australian section, starting close to Adelaide at Murray Bridge or Mannum.
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