A uniquely South Australian experience Murray River Walk is 4 day and 3 night guided journey that reveals a mighty river’s past and its innovative future, where each day your houseboat accommodation cruises to your daily walking destination. Nightly you'll relax as your guides prepare 3 course meals, showcasing local produce and Riverland wines.
Our guides are the heart and soul of the walking experience, sharing with you interesting stories of the Murray River from the time of Charles Sturt's expeditions to new stewardship of the river environment.
A 4 day 3 night guided walking and gentle cruising experience through ancient red gum forests and spectacular floodplain wetlands. You will experience nature and learn about the significance of the surrounding environment. Relax and recharge with a foot soak in the river, a hot shower and a top deck spa. Dine on 3 courses of superb local Riverland produce with menu designed by a renowned native food chef, Andrew Fielke.
Access to the walking route is exclusive to Murray River Walk.
Murray River Walk tours are intimate with a walking group of up to 10 people, lead by 2 professional guides. Small group sizes enable the sharing of the peaceful nature of the Murray River with like-minded people and guides.
The houseboat is your lodge based accommodation which moves each day to your daily walking destination. The view from your bedroom window bringing new sights. In the evenings, relax in the houseboat lounge and share stories with your fellow travellers as your guides prepare a superb 3 course meal.
Rooms can be configured with a queen bed or two single beds.
Murray River Walk is a journey through the Riverland Ramsar Wetland of International Importance, renowned for its waterbirds, red gum forests and the nationally threatened Southern bell frog and the Regent parrot. Encounters with Red and Grey Kangaroos, emus, black swans and pelicans are common and 179 bird species have been recorded, including the spectacular Red-capped Robin and mischievous Fairywrens.
Managed environmental watering in the ephemeral wetlands on this landscape attracts thousands of waterfowl, spoonbills, ibis and egrets, and new water triggers a cacophony of frogs calling. Flowering Eucalypts, wattles and emu bush dwarf the pretty pink carpets of flowering “pigface”.
Our journeys depart weekly on Mondays and Tuesdays from Renmark in the Riverland region of South Australia from May through until September.
Learn more about how to get to the Riverland on the Transfers & Packages page
Day 1 - 12km walk, 12km cruise
Depart Renmark with a morning cruise along the Murray River. Begin your walking journey and discover the varying ecosystems of the floodplain. Complete the day by watching sunset ignite the ochre coloured cliffs.
Day 2 - 14km walk, 10km cruise
Experience sunrise over the river valley with an optional pre-dawn walk. Following an oxbow, view waterbirds and kangaroos in the morning light before walking through a red gum forest.
Day 3 - 10km walk, 18km cruise
Discover the Chowilla Environmental
Regulator and learn about the emergence of new river stewardship programs. Celebrate completing the walking leg of the journey.
Day 4 - Optional 2km walk, 23km cruise
Begin with an optional self-guided walk before taking the journey to the Wilkadene Woolshed Brewery for a tour and tasting followed by lunch.
Enjoy the scenery and wildlife in the comfort of our 12 seater “open air” pontoon cruiser. A stable, secure and quiet craft, navigated expertly by your guide through narrow winding creeks and the mighty Murray River.
Dine and relax each night aboard a comfortable houseboat configured with 5 rooms (each room sleeps a max of 2 people), 2 bathrooms with hot showers, a spacious lounge, modern kitchen and top deck area with spa and spectacular views.
The houseboat moves each day to your daily walking destination.
All linen is provided. Leave your belongings in your room each day as the houseboat will travel to your daily walking destination.
We cater to special dietary requirements and rooms can be configured with a queen bed or two single beds.
The Riverland is a beautiful region to explore and we suggest arriving for your scheduled tour at least one night prior to departure.
The Riverland Showcase page includes suggestions for riverfront accommodation and shares some of our favourite food and wine experiences and that will help you discover the Riverland like a local before or after your walk.
From boutique coffee roasters to premium distilled spirits, there is something to tickle everyone's fancy. So be sure to Linger Longer in the Riverland.
Book direct with selected accommodation providers to receive a special rate or offer. Please review our Riverland Showcase page or Preparation Information for more details.
Our walking pace is designed to allow you to enjoy the diverse river landscapes, wildlife and the people you are walking with. There’s plenty of time to take photos and savour the view.
Murray River Walk is an easy to moderate 40km walk with relatively flat terrain with 2 gentle cliff climbs up and down a 40 metre rise.
Walking poles are available to guests.
To help you prepare for your Murray River Walk we have created a helpful packing list outlining what you should bring to ensure a comfortable walking journey.
We have also included information on climate conditions and what is provided for you during your walk.
You can view or download and print the document by clicking on the link below or request a copy by email firstname.lastname@example.org
Murray River Walk operates between May and September in the cooler autumn, winter and spring weather. Calm, sunny days are typical in the Riverland during this period.
We recommend packing warm clothing that can be layered and a wind proof jacket along with a beanie, scarf and gloves for extra comfort. Also pack a sunhat for during the daytime.
The average daily maximum temperatures (degrees Celsius) are as follows:
May 20°C - June 17°C - July 17°C - August 18°C - September 21°C
Shared double room AUD$2,500pp
Single walker prepared to share a double room (same gender) AUD$2,500pp
Single walker preferring a non-shared double room AUD$2,500pp + 70%
Prices include GST and are current for the 2018/19 financial year.
Murray River Walk reviews its prices at the beginning of every walking season.