As a gateway to the world’s largest river red gum forest, Mathoura is a nature-lover’s paradise that holds an important place in the history of Australia, from its significance to the traditional owners, to its role in progressing industry following European settlement.

The Murray Valley Regional and National Parks, along with the adjoining Barmah National Park on the southern side of the river, are sacred lands to the traditional owners, the Yorta Yorta people. Large communities lived in the area and ancient sites can still be seen in the parks today, including shell middens, oven mounds and scarred trees.

Following European settlement, Mathoura became a key stop for the overlanders who trekked cattle from Queensland and NSW, into Victoria and South Australia. It became a staging and resting point for Cobb & Co Coaches, and a wood source for the paddlesteamer trade and railway industry.

The Cadell Fault runs through Mathoura, and around 45,000 years ago, it’s uplifting changed the course of the Murray River. The Cobb Highway runs along the uplifted portion – up to 15 metres above land east of the fault – allowing you to look directly over the canopy of trees in some locations.

Mathoura is a 30 minute drive from the Echuca Moama Visitor Centre.

Mathoura highlights:

  • Explore nature at the Murray Valley Regional and National Parks:
    • Walk or cycle the Gulpa Creek Trail.
    • Count the birds at Reeds Bird Hide, complete with audio vidual displays.
    • Relax and take in the views at Picnic Point, and take the Timber Heritage Walk.
    • Enjoy the serenity of the Edward River Bridge picnic and camp area.
    • Take to the water on the Edward River Canoe & Kayak Trail, including a wheelchair accessible kayak launch.
    • Launch your boat from one of the many access points for both the Murray and Edward Rivers.
  • Enjoy a produce and farm gate experience on The Backroads Trail.
  • Uncover Australia’s droving history on The Long Paddock Touring Route.
  • View outdoor art installations, including the Long Paddock sculptures ‘The Drover and Horse’ and ‘The Timber Cutters’ at the Mathoura Visitor Centre; and red gum sculptures at the Edward River Bridge picnic area.
  • Take the self-guided Mathoura Heritage Trail tour, including the Pioneer Cemetery.
  • Enjoy a scenic drive on the Gulpa Island, Millewa Forest and Moira Forest drives.
Part of the: Inland Discovery Drive route

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