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Murray River Walk

We exist to help our guests discover the magic of the Murray River.

Proudly we have been accepted into the Great Walks of Australia collective in recognition of the experiences that our knowledgeable and passionate Guides deliver in a truly remarkable natural environment, where enough time is spent to immerse oneself in discovering the magic of Australia’s greatest river.

Murray River Walk is Ecotourism certified demonstrating our commitment to best practice interpretation, environmental care and minimal impact walking and cruising.

Murray River Walk is designed to tread lightly with small groups up to 10 people per walk, to share the river during the cooler months when the river is most peaceful, and to respect the Aboriginal peoples who first inhabited the river country.

We will help you understand how the river was formed, its challenges today and help you identify the plants and animals that depend on a healthy river system.

Accreditation & Memberships

Murray River Walk is a member of the Great Walks of Australia family, a collection of the most outstanding multi-day walking journeys in Australia.

We have achieved Ecotourism Certification and are an Australian Accredited Tourism Business. For more information, please click on the logos below.


We celebrate the new stewardship of best practice irrigation and environmental watering that produces internationally renowned local wine and food, whilst protecting nature and nurturing our local tourism economy.

We want you to feel good about yourself by reaching a new wellbeing based on physical achievement, relaxation and new insight.

Our company vision is to broaden the economic diversity of the Riverland region and South Australia by strengthening our regional brand and creating greater pride in our regional tourism assets, so that our community is more resilient when future challenges arise.

Our company — Luxury River Trails P/L — is new. All of our staff give generously to their community and the tourism industry, and in time, we will commit further resources to support the environment and sustainable tourism along the Murray River.

Tourism Awards

2018 Winner South Australian Tourism Award - Ecotourism

2017 Winner South Australian Tourism Award - Ecotourism

It was our first year entering the South Australian Tourism Awards and we are proud to be the Winner of the Ecotourism category in a State rich with outstanding ecotourism experiences.

2017 Silver Australian Tourism Award - Ecotourism



Amazing experience with Tony, Dean and the totally organised and lovely Lauren. Everything about this walk was sensational - guides knowledge about the history of the region awe inspiring, fantastic food and accompanying wines and super comfy beds and pillows after a day out roaming the countryside feeling like we were the first to do so. Definitely a Great Walk of Australia!
– Karen W, May 2017


Murray River Walk Team

Tony Sharley
Tony Sharley
Managing Director and Guide

Tony Sharley is the creator of Murray River Walk, inspired by the magic of the Murray River and a career living and working on rivers. Tony grew up on the Murray River at Renmark. His passion for rivers led to a career working on the Molonglo and Thredbo Rivers in NSW, the Alligator Rivers Region in Kakadu National Park and on the rivers of the Murray-Darling Basin.

He and his family returned to Renmark in 1995 where he led the process of restoring the Banrock Station wetlands and designing the Banrock Station Boardwalk Trail which has been walked by thousands of nature, food and wine lovers.

Murray River Walk provides an opportunity for Tony to share the stories of the Murray River, its challenges, its inspiring future, its wildlife, and its fabulous food and wine — to raise the profile of Australia’s greatest river.

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Lauren Burdett
Operations Manager and Guide

Lauren Burdett studied Natural Resources Management at Adelaide University. Moving to the Riverland after her studies, she worked for the Department for Environment, Water and Natural Resources for many years.

Lauren has a great passion for the Murray River and encouraging people to explore the Riverland like a local.

Rob Hughes
Rob Hughes
Owner, River Murray Houseboats and Guide

Rob and Jenna Hughes own River Murray Houseboats. Their 10 berth “Desire” houseboat is your home during the Murray River Walk, and they supply the 12 seater cruiser for exploring the creeks.

Rob is currently on the Board of the Houseboat Hirers Association and spent several years in the building industry before moving to Renmark.

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Cass Marousopoulos

Spending much of her childhood on the shores of Lake Bonney in Barmera, Cass fell in love with the Riverland and the many outdoor activities to be had.

A keen canoeist, she has explored through the creek systems of the Chowilla Game Reserve and is very familiar with the region. Cass’s passion for sharing nature with our guests is evident throughout the walk.

Dean Fielke

A born and bred Riverland local, Dean has a long history with the land through agricultural enterprises and a keen interest in environmental management.

Dean and his family are passionate adventurers, spending time in Australia’s Top North, Arnhem Land and trekking the Kokoda Trail in 2008. Dean’s passion for the Murray River is evident through the stories he shares with guests, be sure to ask him more about our history and wildlife.

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Heather McNaughton

Heather’s passion for travel, adventure and the outdoors is hard to hide. Her enthusiasm while guiding is shared through her interpretation of the environment and her past experiences.

Heather lived for ten years on Calperum Station (a property you walk through) making her very familiar with the landscape, flora and fauna seen on the Walk.

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Mick Bristow

After relocating to the Riverland 28 years ago, Mick has a strong affinity with the Riverland. From raising a family in the region to a long career with the SA Police Force, Mick is a passionate local and sits on the Board of the Renmark Hotel.

Mick has recently transitioned into casual guiding for Murray River Walk where he shares his passion for wine and food with guests as your houseboat host.

Come Work With Us

Guiding for Murray River Walk is a unique opportunity to work in an amazing part of South Australia and to meet people from around the world.
Murray River Walk guides are at the heart of the magical experience we offer.

Guiding is a challenging job, requiring high levels of responsibility and accountability.
You must be able to work in an open, cooperative team manner with your fellow guides to achieve high levels of guest satisfaction.

We welcome your expression of interest to outlining your experience and/or
capability against the criteria contained in the following document - Consider Guiding for Murray River Walk.


Murray River Walk Suppliers

Murray River Walk sources all of its food, wine and beverages from the Riverland or South Australia.

Murray River Walk works with Riverland businesses wherever possible to enable our business to operate professionally and efficiently.

Some of our valued local Riverland suppliers:

919 WinesAlex Russell WinesAlmondco Almond Hut
Angove Family Winemakers
Arrosto CoffeeAustralian Native Bushfoods
Bassham Wines
Creative NativeMallee Estate Wines
Mallee Caper CoMuller's MeatsNuts About Fruit
Paringa BakeryRicca Terra FarmsSinging Magpie Produce
Toolunka Creek OlivesWhistling Kite WinesWilkadene Woolshed Brewery

The Great Walks of Australia Collective

Great Walks of Australia is an exclusive collection of some of the best walking experiences Australia has to offer. Each of these independently owned and guided walking experiences is unique and together covers some of Australia’s most iconic landscapes – from the untamed Tasmanian wilderness to the rugged Victorian coastline; to the ancient volcanic plateaus of Queensland and the magnificent outback of South Australia and the Northern Territory.

Great Walks of Australia (GWOA) currently features thirteen multi day adventures offering unparalleled experiences. The journeys are led by expert guides with a deep understanding of the environment who help to bring alive the culture, nature and history of each destination along the way. Small intimate group departures, exclusive accommodation and outstanding food and wine combine remote wilderness locations with the ultimate in luxury walking holidays. Find out more at their website or request a hard copy of the brochure here.


Ph: 0418 808 475
Ph: 0429 691 976

Email: Murray River Walk

Luxury River Trails trading as Murray River Walk
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