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The Murray has some of Australia's best canoeing and kayaking
Kayak and Canoe the Murray River, Australia
The Murray River has some of the best kayaking and canoeing experiences in the world. We're not talking about rapids but imagine the peace and serenity as you silently glide and discover the backwaters, creeks and lagoons on one of the many dedicated kayak and canoe trails along the Murray River. There is so much of the river to explore with its bio-diversity and abundant riverbanks that sustain so much life.
You'll encounter incredible wildlife including kangaroos, emus, koalas, goannas and much more. The river also has an incredible diversity of birdlife that enjoy the lush river surroundings. If you're not up to your own kayak or canoe experience, you can take a guided tour where all the equipment is supplied and you'll be led by a qualified guide with canoeing experience but we recommend using a local operator who has local knowledge.
There are many places along the Murray river where you can hire kayaks and canoes to explore the waterways at your own pace. When planning a canoeing or kayak river experience it is important that you always ensure your personal safety. So for the ultimate Murray River experience, that is friendly on our precious river environment consider exploring the Murray by canoe or kayak, it will give you the best sense of this beautiful river system.
Other Great Canoeing and Kayaking Locations
More than 15km in length, Lake Mulwala is a haven for birds such as pelican and ibis and native fish and is used all year for a variety of water sports. Work on the lake began in the 1930s with the damming of the Murray River at the Yarrawonga Weir as part of the Murray-Darling Irrigation Scheme. The eastern end of the lake offers shelter among the dead trees while the western end has a large expanse for sailing and boating. Murray cod, trout and yellow belly seem to thrive in the lake. Enjoy picnicking, bird watching, fishing, boating, sailboarding, water-skiing, swimming, canoeing, sailing, and paddle boat cruises. Access is from the Murray Valley Highway, Yarrawonga-Benalla Road or Yarrawonga-Wangaratta Road.
Lindsay Island forms part of Murray Sunset National Park and is located 90 kilometres west of Mildura towards the South Australian border. Lindsay Island is intersected by numerous small creeks carrying floodwaters from the Murray River into swamps, billabongs and flood plains. The island is home to a significant array of plants such as River red gums and black box woodlands and animals such as wedge tailed eagles, emus, red and western grey kangaroos. It has a long history of human occupation by indigenous people followed by early European settlers grazing sheep and cattle. It is a popular destination for camping, fishing, driving and canoeing.
Hattah-Kulkyne National Park and Murray-Kulkyne Park
Just off the Calder Highway 70 kilometres south of Mildura, Hattah-Kulkyne features mallee and woodland country, magnificent River Red gums, and a lake system seasonally filled by creeks connected to the Murray River. The tranquil waters of the extensive lakes system fed by Chalka Creek contrast with the mallee scrub and cypress pine woodland, one of only 3 Biosphere Reserves in Victoria. Camping, walking, bike riding, driving and canoeing are popular activities. Two basic campgrounds are located in the National Park at Lake Hattah and Lake Mournpall, whilst there are many riverside bush camps in Murray-Kulkyne Park where generators and dogs on leads are permitted. Fishing licences and supplies are available at the nearby Hattah store.
Local Canoe and Kayaking Operators
At Wild Side Outdoors, we enjoy just being "outside". Whether it be Fitness or Adventure, the dynamic nature of outdoor environments provides a stimulating experience that refreshes the spirit!
In the Riverland we have some of the best wetlands, creeks and backwaters you’ll find anywhere along the Murray River. Waterways cover 100s of kilometers, several national parks and reserves, and many places only accessible by canoe.
Come and have fun paddling on the great Murray River near Renmark. You can hire kayaks and canoes or join one of our award winning guided tours that meander through unique backwaters and creeks.
Murray River Canoe Hire has been conducting canoe hire and tours for over 20 years – we will take you anywhere you want to go! Although we’re based in Albury we cover a large part of the region so please contact us for hire or tours.
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