Tony Sharley, of Murray River Walk, is meeting with NZ trade this week, plus gift pack to be won Tony Sharley, of Murray River Walk, is meeting with NZ trade this week, plus gift pack to be won

Murray River gains traction

A Great Walk of Australia that combines food, wine and nature (plus history and culture) is gaining traction in the New Zealand market and rising interest from the trade here.

Tony Sharley, managing director of Murray River Walk is in Auckland this week and says that he is now working with several wholesalers, both large and niche, in New Zealand. He says the company started with six walks in 2016, combining easy walking (and great views) along the banks of the Murray River from Renmark, with houseboat accommodation. ‘People get a totally different experience when they walk – the view is of the river rather than the riverbank, and they get a glimpse of ancient culture that goes back 40,000 years, as well as seeing and learning about the wildlife, plus a bit about the history of the area and about the politics of the river.’

He says the four-day, three-night experience runs in the cooler months of May to September (summer is too hot to walk the route). ‘We walk 10 to 14 kilometres a day, combined with 10 to 30 kilometres of cruising each day,’ says Sharley. ‘There are no graded tracks where we go, so people need a guide.’ He says the tours have three guides per 10 walkers (two walking guides, one boat guide) and include all accommodation, meals and beverages and more. He says the company is now getting a demand for other activities and tours. ‘We’ll be launching something new in 2020,’ he adds.


Win a gift pack

TRAVELinc Memo has a Murray River Walk gift pack to give away. One of the Great Walks of Australia, the four-day, three-night experiences includes the opportunity to sample the local produce of the area. Some of that fine South Australian fare (local ground coffee, Murray River gourmet salt flakes, dried fruit, tawny port and more) is included in this prize. Answer the following question to be in the draw: How many days and nights is the duration of the Murray River Walk? Email the answer by Tuesday 11 February to