The Murray region is home to unique desert, river, and wetland landscapes. Here are some highlights you should not miss:
The Perry Sandhills is 10 hectares of striking red sandhills that were once part of the huge Willandra Lakes System and date back to an ice age 40,000 years ago. Evidence suggests that the Barkindji people lived here since ancient times and bones of mega fauna found in the sandhills also reveal that huge kangaroos, wombats and other creatures once roamed the region. Located 5 kilometres from Wentworth near Mildura.
Bordered by a wide stretch of the Murray River, home to majestic river red gums and a variety of bird life, Kings Billabong Reserve is an ideal place to discover nature and history. See the historic Psyche Pumping Station, built in 1891 by the Chaffey Brothers to meet the needs of the irrigation settlement. Follow the Nature Walk, spot bird populations, take in fabulous views over the Billabong and see shell middens and scarred trees - evidence of the local Aboriginal people who lived around the billabong. Kings Billabong is on the Murray River floodplain, 8 kilometres south-east of Mildura.
Confluence of the Murray and Darling rivers
Head to Wentworth to Junction Park and climb the viewing tower to overlook the spot where the Murray and Darling rivers converge. In times of high water levels, the waters of the two rivers are distinctly different colours. See where they merge and flow on to Lock 10 and weir.
Neds Corner Station
Part of the Barkindji Biosphere, the Trust for Nature-managed Neds Corner Station is a 30,000-hectare landholding containing a mosaic of rare landforms and threatened ecosystems along the Murray River 80 kilometres west of Mildura.
The Red Cliffs lookout with scenic reserve
The scenic reserve forms the basis from which the township of Red Cliffs derived its name. The 21-hectare reserve features high red cliffs facing the Murray River. As well as a place of scenic beauty, the site has an interesting history including ancient aboriginal relics. The lookout and reserve is located 4 kilometres from Red Cliffs.
Visit the gardens of the Mildura region. See the plants of the world at the Australian Inland Botanical Gardens - the first semi-arid botanic gardens in the Southern Hemisphere. Farmgate Gardens offer a unique experience of the senses in their numerous garden rooms.
The Murray River is the world's seventh largest river and one of the world's longest navigable rivers, stretching 2,700 kilometres from the mountains in north-eastern Victoria to the ocean near Adelaide in South Australia.
This ‘lunette' on the shore of Lake Mungo is a fascinating formation of layers of sand, salt and clay that have eroded into surprising shapes over thousands of years. Dune erosion has revealed ancient campfires, cooking hearths and burial sites.
The Pink Lakes are so named because of their colour during late summer, when a red pigment, carotene, is secreted from the algae. The colour is at its most vibrant early or late in the day or when it is cloudy.
Discover the unique landscapes, abundant wildlife and rare flora of the region's national parks.