Australia’s longest waterway, the Murray River, winds its way from its origin in the Snowy Mountains in Victoria/New South Wales, across the plains of South Australia, to its outlet at Lake Alexandrina near Goolwa, 100 kilometres south-east of Adelaide. Lined with gum trees, the Murray River has been the subject of countless paintings and Aboriginal myths, and has played an important role in the history of Australian agriculture.

The river is traversed by boat homes, paddlewheelers, pleasure craft and barges. Tours on cruise boats and paddlewheelers can be undertaken from Adelaide.

Paddlewheeler at Murray Bridge

Paddlewheeler at Murray Bridge (photo by Simon Yeo, CC license).