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HISTORY & HERITAGE: The Murray Heritage Trail DAY 1-2 Start your journey in the Albury Wodonga region, where European explorers Hamilton Hume and William Hovell crossed the river in 1824 on an expedition to find a way between Sydney and Bass Strait; you can still see a tree marked by the explorers in Albury's Hovell Tree Park. Discover Albury's fascinating heritage on a self-guided walking tour of central Albury's historic landmarks: download the free app from Albury Wodonga also had a significant role in post-war Australia, as it was near here that Australia's largest migrant centre was established, becoming the first 'Aussie home' to over 300,000 migrants from more than 50 countries. At Bonegilla Migrant Experience Heritage Park, guides will take you through this fascinating era of multicultural Australia. Also worth a visit is the Army Museum Bandiana, the largest and most diverse military museum in Australia. Take time to head 60km north of Albury to explore the unique Holbrook Submarine Musuem, which features HMAS Otway, a control room, working periscope and 3D hologram experience of tales of life in a submarine. On the return journey, take a guided tour through the fascinating Jindera Pioneer Museum. Driving west, stop in at the historic town of Howlong and walk the 'historic circuit' before moving on to Corowa, which played a unique part in Australia's Federation. Visit the Federation Museum for the full story. Across the river, Rutherglen is renowned for its award-winning wineries and has some interesting goldrush-era architecture. DISTANCES: Albury – Holbrook: 60km, 40 minutes Albury – Corowa: 57km, 45 minutes DAY 3-4 Yarrawonga Mulwala is a popular tourist and watersports destination on Lake Mulwala, but also has an interesting history. Nearby Byramine Homestead was built in 1842 by explorer Hamilton Hume for his sister-in-law Elizabeth and brings to life those tough pioneering days, while the Yarrawonga Mulwala Pioneer Museum features an extensive exhibition of early pioneer days. If you're interested in old cars and planes, stop at Tocumwal to visit the collection of classic cars, trucks and farm vehicles at Chrysties Museum, or fly through to the Tocumwal Aerodrome Museum, that during WWII, was the site of the largest aerodrome in the southern hemisphere. Across the river in Nathalia, the Barmah Forest Heritage and Education Centre showcases stories from Aboriginal occupation to pioneering cattlemen and timber workers. Follow it up with a visit to the nearby World Heritage listed Barmah National Park and Wetlands. DISTANCES: Corowa – Yarrawonga Mulwala: 44km, 35 minutes Yarrawonga – Tocumwal: 55km, 45 minutes Tocumwal – Nathalia: 64km, 47 minutes Nathalia – Echuca: 58km, 40 minutes DAY 4-5 Next stop is Echuca Moama, the Murray's most authentically historic town with its well preserved port area, Australia's largest fleet of paddlesteamers and a genuine All The Rivers Run old time feel. In the port area, explore the newly opened Port of Echuca Discovery Centre, sneak underground at the Star Hotel, ride a horse-drawn carriage and feel that frisson of excitement when the whistle toots from an old paddlesteamer. Also worth a visit in Echuca are the National Holden Museum and Great Aussie Beer Shed, paying homage to two Aussie icons! Detour north of Echuca through stunning pastoral land to Deniliquin, where you can visit the local historical museum. Continue back to the Murray on the backroads heritage drive to Gunbower Island, Australia's largest inland island and home to a magnificent River Red Gum forest, at Koondrook-Barham. Visit the 1889 Arbuthnot sawmill, which is still operating today, and take the interesting River Red Gum Statue walk. From here, take the heritage drive to Swan Hill via Kerang and Lake Boga, where you should pay a visit to the fascinating Flying Boat Museum. DISTANCES: Echuca Moama – Swan Hill: 155km, 1¾ hour BACKROADS DETOUR: Echuca Moama – Deniliquin: 80km, 1 hour Deniliquin – Koondrook-Barham (Gunbower Island): 100km, 1½ hr Gunbower Island – Swan Hill: 85km, I hour DAY 6 Swan Hill is an historic riverside town worth at least an overnight stop for the Pioneer Settlement, an excellent re-creation of a 19th century river port town, complete with period costumed characters, old time lolly shops, vintage car rides, and a spectacular nightly sound and light show. Daily cruises on the PS Pyap leave from the wharf at the Settlement.

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