Explore the majestic Murray River
Stay for a day or linger longer.
Along its course, from source to sea, the Murray sustains a long and impressive list of native birds, fish, frogs and more.
Migratory birds arrive during times of plenty to feed, breed and add an international flavour to the magic and mystique of the Murray River.
A feast for the senses
The frogs are barking and the birds are booming. It may not be the serene scene you were expecting but it's a feast for the senses. Hear the chorus of song from the birds and frogs. See the grand old river red gum spreading her branches over land and water.
Touch the floodplain soil brimming with life and waiting to release its valuable nutrients into the wetland food chain. And on a warm day, you can almost taste the eucalyptus oil hanging in the air.
Photo: Boomanoomana wetland. Emma Wilson/OEH.
Full of surprises . . .
If good fortune is on your side, a trip along the mighty Murray River could yield a sighting of this colourful local. The endangered southern bell frog is one of Australia's largest frogs, measuring up to 10cm. With habitat restoration and regular watering of targeted sites, these wetland-loving frogs are returning to places where they were once common.
Photo: Southern bell frog. Emma Wilson/OEH
Look closely, see the magic
Stay a while and be amazed at the diversity of wildlife that calls the Murray River 'home'. The range of habitats is as varied as the Murray is long. The beauty of this diversity reveals itself to those who take the time to watch, listen and fall in love with this extraordinary and contrasting landscape.
Photo: Lower Murray wetlands. John Spencer/OEH.
Haven for a new generation
The wetlands fed by the Murray River are nurseries for native fish, frogs and birds. Many of our most elegant birds begin life as slightly awkward and ungainly youngsters, like these egret chicks in the central Murray. Managed watering events allow them to grow big and strong before heading out into the wild wetlands of inland NSW and beyond.
Photo: Egret chicks in Murray Valley National Park. Vince Bucello, Midstate Video Productions.
From little things, big things grow . . .
The ebb and flow of the mighty Murray brings life to the wetlands along its course. The arrival of water sparks a boom in the food web. The beautiful birds and fabulous fish of the Murray River rely on the health and abundance of the tiniest wetland critters to survive and thrive.
Photo: Dragonfly. Vince Bucello, Midstate Video Productions.
Capture the moment . . .
As the sun sets on your river tour, it provides the perfect light for photographers to capture the river in all its golden glory and reflect on this delicate and dynamic natural wonder.
Photo: Lower Murray. John Spencer/OEH.