Murray River Walk 4D/3N
Join us on the only guided multi-day walking and houseboating ecotourism experience on an Australian river. Our passionate guides will lead you through a diverse and beautiful landscape, sharing the history, culture and environmental challenges it faces. At night they become your chefs, delivering 3 course meals that showcase local produce and Riverland wine. Rejuvenate after each day’s walking with a cooling foot dip in the Murray River or a relaxing hot spa. The best part – seeing stars reflected on the water from your comfortable bed. Murray River Walk is a part of the Great Walk of Australia collective.
Max group size:
- Experienced guides to lead your walk
- Lodge style accommodation for 3 nights on a modern houseboat
- Secure carparking at the Renmark Hotel
- Luggage transfer to your room on the houseboat
- All meals showcasing local produce
- All beverages including premium Riverland wines and beer, juice and coffee
- All sleeping linen and 1 bath towel
- Hand sanitiser
- Access to a library of relevant publications
Day 1: Renmark to Headings Cliffs
12km walking 12km river cruising
Meet your guides and fellow walkers at 7.30 am at the Renmark Community Hotel for a pre-walk briefing before we board the pontoon “cruiser” boat for a 14 km cruise along the Murray River to the start of the walking route. Discover the lagoons that are havens for waterbirds, learn about the site of a World War II Japanese internment camp and cross creeks that feed the red gum forests and box woodlands. A gentle climb through the cliffs reveals a magnificent view of the vast Murray River floodplain that will surround you over the next 3 days. A short transfer across the river in the cruiser and you have arrived at your destination. Your “Boat Guide” will welcome you aboard and settle you in – before a cool foot dip in the river or a hot spa followed by a 3-course dinner paired with local wines.
Day 2: Headings Cliffs to Chowilla Creek
14km walking 10km cruising
Rise before the sun and walk a gentle slope to the rim of the Murray River valley for a spectacular sunrise. See colours appear and marvel at the journey route below before returning to the houseboat for a cooked breakfast. Depart again for the daily walk discovering Aboriginal canoe trees, giant red gum forests and small islands along leafy Amazon Creek. Arriving at your floating home you’ll enjoy a local tasting plate as you dip your feet in the cool waters of the Murray River.
Day 3: Chowilla Creek to Bunyip Reach Cliffs
10km walking 18km cruising
Awake to the mists on the water and enjoy a great coffee, local navel oranges and tasty breakfast followed by a briefing on the Murray Darling Basin and the management of its network of rivers which drain 14% of Australia. Today we cruise to the Chowilla Creek Environmental Regulator to learn about environmental watering and new stewardship for the river, before setting off on our walk. You’ll walk along Chowilla Creek, restored wetlands and visit the proposed site of the 1960’s Chowilla Dam. In the afternoon we celebrate completing our walking journey from Queens Bend Cliffs before cruising to the houseboat as the late afternoon sun illuminates the red cliffs.
Day 4: Bunyip Reach to Renmark
Optional 2km walk 23km cruise
After breakfast take a self-guided 2 km walk along the river, before cruising in the pontoon boat through Lock 6. Experience a gentle drop in the water level of 3 metres. Rejoining the houseboat downstream, you will cruise for 2 hours on the houseboat to the innovative Wilkadene Woolshed Brewery, set in a 100 year old shearing shed on the banks of the river. Enjoy a tour with the head brewer before sitting down with your guides to a fine barbecue, prepared by your guides before saying your farewells. You will depart for Renmark by bus and arrive at the Renmark Hotel at 2.00 pm.