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RIVER ADVENTURES: Suggested Touring Itinerary This 8-day touring itinerary gives you a taste of some of the Murray River region's great experiences. Mix and match to suit your time, tastes and budget. DAY 1 Start in Albury Wodonga, an excellent base for cycling along the river. Mountain-bikers should head to the trails at Nail Can Hill Reserve, while keen riders can tackle the 30km High Country Rail Trail around the shores of Lake Hume. The lake is a great spot for fishing and watersports. Local operators hire out canoes and can drop you one-way for paddles on the Upper Murray, including the popular 2-3 hour trip from Mungabareena Reserve to Noreuil Park or a paddle to the dam wall on Lake Hume. DAY 2 If you're an adrenalin junkie, stop off at Corowa and visit the 'Jump Shak', Sky Dive Victoria's local drop zone, where you can take a heart-thumping tandem or static-line leap from 12,000 feet. Otherwise, take advantage of the thermals to cruise the skies in a glider with Australian Soaring. Only half an hour down Spring Drive, Yarrawonga Mulwala is a hotspot for boating and watersports, thanks to the expansive Lake Mulwala. The Mulwala Waterski Club hosts events and offers lessons and gear hire, and other operators can take you wakeboarding, tubing and much more. Spectacular microlight flights over the lake can be arranged at Yarrawonga airport. DISTANCES: Albury – Corowa: 57km, 45 minutes Corowa – Yarrawonga: 44km, 36 minutes DAY 3-4 On the drive between Yarrawonga and Echuca you have the option to stop off via Murray River Horse Trails for a ride through the spectacular Barmah forest from Strathmerton, or detour to Tocumwal where Sport Aviation offers gliding and microlight flights. Echuca Moama is equal parts history and adventure. Explore the port then take a cruise on a restored paddlesteamer, one of the Murray's great experiences. Adventure comes in the form of watersports and Brett Sands Watersports and iwaterski offer plenty of fun with professional instruction in waterskiing, wakeboarding, kneeboarding and barefooting. Echuca Boat & Canoe Hire can set you up on 'campanoeing' trips, or saddle up with Billabong Ranch horseriding for short trail rides or overnight camping rides. DISTANCES: Yarrawonga – Echuca: 147km, 1hr 40min DAY 5 Head north on the Cobb Hwy and detour off into Murray Valley Nationl Park to the exhilarating purpose-built Five Mile mountain bike trail (7km each way), featuring walls, jumps and bridges that will suit all skill levels. Within Murray Valley National Park, Gulpa Creek has an excellent walking and kayaking route. Continue north to Deniliquin, a great place to experience part of the Edward River Canoe Trail. Paddle the easy 2km 'beach to beach' stretch via the Island Sanctuary. DISTANCES: Echuca – Deniliquin: 79km, 1 hour DAY 6 Spend some time exploring the signposted Backroads Trail between Deniliquin, Barham and Echuca Moama before entering Gunbower Island at Cohuna, where fishing, canoeing and camping among the river red gums is a pleasure. DISTANCES: Deniliquin – Swan Hill 185km, 2hrs 20min DAY 7-8 From Swan Hill, head up the Murray Valley and Sturt highways via Robinvale to Mildura, where you'll be spoiled for choice with experiences. Take an early morning hot-air balloon ride (weather permitting), a paddlesteamer cruise or a sunset kayaking trip on Kings Billabong. Sandboarding on the Perry Sandhills at nearby Wentworth is a blast. Finally you can sleep easy on one of Mildura's wonderful houseboats. DISTANCES: Swan Hill – Mildura 222km, 2hrs 30min For more information on the River experiences along the Murray, and suggested touring ideas, please go to: www.visitthemurray.com.au 4

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