Murray River Air Cruise (7 days)
The Mighty Murray River. One of the world’s greatest river systems. From the mountains to the sea. Flowing across three states. The third longest navigable river in the world. Food Bowl of Australia. The superlatives abound for this majestic river.
Become an explorer for a spectacular, in-depth, air cruise journey from the Murray’s unassuming beginnings in the NSW Snowy Mountains, meandering along the NSW/Victoria border, to Goolwa on the Southern Ocean in South Australia.
Flying along the 2508 kilometre length of the river, locals will meet you in each town to introduce you to their little patch. Learn about the history, both indigenous and European, in each of the ports we visit and you’ll come to appreciate why the Murray River holds such an important place in our nation’s heart.
The Murray-Darling Basin drainage system has remained in virtually the same place for millions of years. To experience the diversity of the Murray River is truly amazing. It is truly a remarkable living river we all need to protect for the future.
Mar 27 - Apr 02, 2020
Apr 24 - Apr 30, 2020 SOLD OUT
May 08 - May 14, 2020
Oct 02 - Oct 08, 2020 SOLD OUT
Our pilot made every effort to ensure that we had the best views possible and also provided us with loads of information as well as many entertaining stories. And the food and accommodation were a delight, a true "foodies" experience.
- Magnificent Murray River, in all its guises
- Highest peak Mt Kosciuszko
- Impressive Snowy Hydro
- Tasty Rutherglen progressive lunch
- Paddle steamer cruise
- Historic Port of Echuca
- Confluence of the Murray and Darling Rivers
- Private retreat in Goolwa
- Unspoilt Coorong National Park
Itinerary: Murray River Air Cruise (7 days)
Day 1: Melbourne to Khancoban (L,D)
Departing Moorabbin at 8.00am, fly north to Khancoban in the Snowy Mountains of NSW.
The Murray River begins its epic journey in Kosciuszko National Park, just outside of Khancoban. In the heart of the high country, Khancoban was established to house workers on the Snowy Mountains Scheme – Australia’s greatest engineering project that began in 1949 and is still one of the civil engineering marvels of the modern world. Originally designed to divert water from the Snowy, Eucumbene and Murrumbidgee Rivers westward to the Murray River for irrigation, it is more well-known for the hydro-electricity produced for Eastern Australia. Visit the beautiful Khancoban Pondage and learn about the construction and ongoing maintenance of the scheme, and the impact of Snowy 2.0 into the future.
Look out over the spectacular main range and Mt Kosciuszko from the viewing site of the disappearance of the Southern Cloud in 1931.
Visit the official start of the Murray River, an unassuming creek in a magnificent setting, then head to Queens Cottage to relax, take in the beautiful views, and enjoy a welcome drink with your fellow travellers.
Overnight: Queens Cottage, Khancoban
We thoroughly enjoyed this experience - the amazing sights, the remote places, the resilient people and the wonderful pilot who guided us through it all.