First Section of Murray Valley Trail Opens
The first section of the Murray Valley Trail, a trail that runs through Victoria, South Australia and New South Wales, opened recently. The opened section runs from Ouyen to Mildura through Red Cliffs, and covers the Hattah-Kulkyne National Park, Ramsar Wetlands, indigenous sites, and Kings Billabong Wildlife Reserve. Another section that will run from Mildura through Dareton and Wentworth to the South Australian border will open later this year.
The trail links existing roads, tracks, and bike paths close to the Murray River. The trail is marked by new signage, and highlights environmental and Aboriginal features of the Murray Valley. The trail will run through a range of different natural systems, including mountains, lakes, floodplains, wetlands, arid areas and coastal regions.
It is hoped that once it is complete, it will provide tourists with a way to experience Australia’s greatest river system “from the mountains to the sea”. It is also hoped that the trail will bring the benefits of increased tourism to the Murray Valley, and create new 160 jobs.