Albury to Echuca 6 day/5 night
This section of the river is rarely cruised except for tinnies and canoes and sections are quite isolated. The river flows in this section are highest during peak irrigation season and for this reason this cruise can only operate around November. Even then it is subject to water levels.
Day 1. Depart Albury town wharf and be told of the fascinating history of the area as you cruise downstream. There is a good chance today that you may spot an elusive platypus – often sighted on this section of river. Enjoy lunch on aboard as we pass by the town of Howlong and cruise further downstream to Corowa for Dinner, Bed and Breakfast.
Day 2. Depart Corowa and enjoy the scenery as we cruise past the sleepy hamlet of Wahgunyah. Picnic lunch served on board as the river scenery unfolds. In the afternoon enter Lake Mulwala, a huge resevoir for the Vic and NSW irrigation schemes. Travel across forty kilometres of lake waters amongst flooded red gum forests before stopping at Lake Mulwala for Dinner, Bed and Breakfast.
Day 3. Depart Mulwala by coach to Yarrawonga to board the boat. Cruise past the Mulwala State Forest and Cobrawonga Beach. There are many lagoons and backwaters in this section as the Murray has meandered in it’s valley bed over thousands of years. An 1870 survey of the Murray River carved mile marks in trees and these are still seen today. Cruise past the old Berrigan Pumping Station before enjoying lunch on board. In the afternoon pass by Cobram, famous for its “peaches & cream”, to arrive Tocumwal for Dinner, Bed and Breakfast.
Day 4. Departing Tocumwal pass under the old lift span bridge, a reminder of bygone paddle steamer days. Pass by Ulupna Island, home to many koalas and on through the Millewa National Park. This area is home to sea eagles which are often sighted. Another delightful lunch on board our vessel today. Cruising downstream we pass by Honeymoon and Pinch Gut Bend, Long Landing & Barbers Garden before travelling by the entrance to the Edward River and into Picnic Point where a coach is waiting to transfer us to Mathoura for Dinner, Bed and Breakfast.
Day 5. Return by coach to Picnic Point to meet the boat. This morning we pass by Tarragon Lodge and we have now entered the famous Barmah Forest – the largest Red Gum forest in the World. Stop at the Barmah “pub” for lunch. On our final afternoon of cruising we will pass by Cape Horn, Flemings Bend, and the mouth of the Goulburn River. Then the huge old wooden wharf comes into view as we sight the “Port of Echuca”. Past the mouth of the Campaspe River before completing our voyage of discovery and tying up at at Moama for Dinner, Bed and Breakfast.
Day 6. After breakfast board your coach for return transfer to Albury arriving about lunch time. Your route is via the main highway with a deviation to see the Hume Reservoir, the area generally regarded as the original source of the Murray River.
• All cruising as per itinerary
• Expert & informative commentary
• Riverside town hotel/motel ensuite accommodation
• Full breakfast, lunch and 2 course dinner, morning & afternoon teas
• On shore excursions as specified
• All coach transfers as specified in the itinerary
This cruise covers 486 river kilometres.
Spirit Australia Cruises reserves the right to cancel or alter the itinerary as necessary.