22 Oct 2020

Hiking, cruising, wining, dining, and touring - you’ll do it all on the all-inclusive Murray River Walk, Australia’s only river-based, multi-day walk and houseboat ecotourism experience.

With up to 38kms of walking and 65km of river cruising scheduled over the four-day, three-night Murray River Walk, there’s plenty of opportunities to immerse yourself in the unique ecosystems of the Murray River flood plains.

Heading's Cliff, Riverland
Heading's Cliff, Riverland

An early morning transfer from the Renmark Hotel and a leisurely 14km cruise down the river brings guests to the starting point of the first day’s walk. The 12km track will have you weaving through lagoons full of colourful birdlife, visiting the site of a Japanese WWII internment camp, and completing a gentle climb through Headings Cliffs for a spectacular view of the flood plains. Listen in to the guides for the detailed history and culture of the landmarks along the way.

Back aboard the houseboat - your accommodation for the duration of the tour - rejuvenate with a hot spa or a cooling river paddle. Discuss the day’s walk over a mouth-watering three-course dinner and a glass of Riverland wine, before retiring with a glittering view of the night sky just outside the window.

Kayaking, Riverland
Kayaking, Riverland

Day two of the nature walk begins before dawn, with a walk up to the rim of the Murray River valley to watch sunrise. A hearty breakfast is served back on the boat before the main portion of the 14km trail from Headings Cliffs to Chowilla Creek begins. Wind your way through thick forests of red gums and learn the fascinating story of the Aboriginal canoe trees. End the day with a tasting plate back aboard the boat and a relaxing 14km cruise up the river.

The final day of programmed walks comes on day three. After cruising 18km to the Chowilla Creek environmental regulator, there’s 10km of the trail to follow beside Chowilla Creek and through meandering wetlands. Your walking journey comes to an end at the top of the magnificent red earth Queens Cliffs.

Wilkadene Woolshed Brewery, Riverland
Wilkadene Woolshed Brewery, Riverland

Though all scheduled walks are finished by day three, there’s still one more day of the tour to enjoy. The fourth and final day starts with an optional, self-guided two-kilometre walk along the river, then a two-hour cruise up to Wilkadene Woolshed Brewery. Tour the 100-year old shearing-shed-turned-brewery with the head brewer then sit down to a gourmet barbecue washed down with beer, of course.

Wander further in South Australia

For more great nature walks, check out guide to the best walks near Adelaide or step up your step count on one of South Australia's best multi-day walks.

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