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Murray River (the longest inland waterway in Australia) snakes its way from the Australian Alps traversing over 2,500 kilometres of constantly changing landscapes before reaching the ocean at Lake Alexandria.

The rich soil and excellent water conditions provide an abundance of river life, including the famous Murray cod, long-necked turtles and platypus. Over 350 bird species are found in the forests and wetlands which line its banks. Australian white ibis and straw-necked ibis nest and feed in the marshes that spread onto the river’s floodplains as kingfishers hunt nearby. Wedge-tailed eagle and the endangered black-eared miner bird are also found here.

As well as the astounding wildlife found by this mighty river, the Murray is also steeped in history and cultural importance. For centuries Aboriginal communities have settled on its banks and, in the mid-19th Century trade towns such as Echuca became one of the most strategic inland ports of its day.

Watching the sunset over the Murray from the banks of a billabong as hundreds of birds prepare to nest for the night is a truly special experience. 

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Key info

  • Ideal for viewing: platypus, Australian pelican, eastern grey kangaroo, Australian white ibis, regent parrot
  • Where: South Australia, Australia

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This wildlife location is featured in the following itinerary:

Islands, Rivers & Ranges

Visiting some of South Australia’s diverse and wildlife-rich habitats, we hope to see over 200 species of birds including Cape Barren goose, little penguin and three species of cockatoo, as well as many fascinating endemic mammals, such as short-beaked echidna, southern hairy-nosed wombat, koala and kangaroo.

  • When to go: Sep-Oct
  • Duration inc. flights: 15 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £4,895 pp
  • Trip type: Group tour