Murray River Walk
4 Day Walk & Cruise Journey
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.
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.
Price + Inclusions
|Murray River Walk||Price per person
|May – Sept 2021||$2,500|
Minimum 5 pax – Maximum 10 pax
2021/2022 Departures: Monday Weekly, May – September
- Exclusive access to spectacular natural landscapes
- Lodge style accommodation for 3 nights on a modern 10 berth houseboat
- Luggage transfer to the customer’s room in the houseboat
- All food and beverages including water, juices, beer and wine, tea and coffee
- Knowledgeable guides to lead your walk and make all boat activities
- 1 litre water bottles, day packs and optional walking poles
- Access to a library of relevant publications to satisfy curiosity
- Secure car parking