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Suggested Touring Itinerary For a family road-trip, try this 7-day itinerary between Albury and Mildura. It can be followed in either direction or in shorter stages to suit your time and budget. DAY 1 Start your road trip in Albury Wodonga. Hire bikes at the Gateway Village visitor centre and pedal along the river tracks. Young kids will love the super playground at Belvoir Park. A trip out to Lake Hume is a must: walk or cycle across the dam wall for sensational views or enjoy swimming and watersports. Kidspace, at the Albury Art Gallery, features interactive arts and crafts for young ones. DAY 2 At Yarrawong Mulwala you're spoiled for choice with watersports on Lake Mulwala. You can go boating, canoeing, waterskiing and fishing for Murray cod or just head to the foreshore where there's a waterslide, splash park and skate park. DISTANCES: Albury – Yarrawonga: 95km, 1 hour DAY 3-4 Next stop is Echuca, guaranteed to get kids of all ages excited, starting with the historic port area. Check out Sharp's Magic Movie House & Penny Arcade or stroll through the Discovery Centre and learn about river life in the 19th-century. Round off your visit with a cruise on one of the Murray's historic paddlesteamers. Across the river in Moama, Adventure Play Park and Squiggles Play Centre has enough on offer to keep the kids happy. Echuca is also a great place to hire boats, canoes or learn how to waterski. DISTANCES: Yarrawonga – Echuca: 147km, 1.4 hours DAY 5 On the trip along the Murray Valley Hwy to Swan Hill, be sure to detour to Gunbower Island (from Cohuna, Gunbower or Koondrook), where you can drive, walk or bike among the magnificent River Red Gums and swim from the sandy beaches. One of the great Murray family attractions is Swan Hill's Pioneer Settlement, a faithful re-creation of a 19th-century port town on the banks of the River. Join the period-costumed characters in a vintage car, horsedrawn carriage or cruise on the paddlesteamer Pyap. In the evening there's a spectacular sound and light show. DISTANCES: Echuca-Swan Hill: 155km, 1¾ hours DAY 6-7 Mildura really turns it on for kids and families. Enjoy swimming at the popular patrolled Apex River Beach, there are paddlesteamer cruises, indoor go-karting, minigolf or the crazy garden maze at Woodsies Gem Shop. Younger kids will love the Fun Jungle, where there are play areas for babies and toddlers. A sunset paddle on the river or at Kings Billabong, or sandboarding on the Perry Sandhills at Wentworth are great ways to round out your tour of the Murray. DISTANCES: Swan Hill – Mildura: 222km, 2½ hours For more information on family fun experiences along the Murray and suggested touring ideas, please go to: www.visitthemurray.com.au 27

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