River Murray education
Learning about the River Murray
The Murray-Darling Basin is one of Australia’s most precious resources, providing water for four different states. It’s also one of the world’s driest major river basins.
The Murray-Darling Basin incorporates two major rivers, the Darling and the Murray. The River Murray starts in the Snowy Mountains and winds through New South Wales, Victoria and South Australia, ending at the Murray Mouth near Goolwa, where it flows out to the sea. The length of the River Murray is 2,530 km.
The water cycle in the Murray-Darling Basin
How much water?
When we talk about the river, you'll often see terms like megalitre (ML) and gigalitre (GL). But just how much water is that? Here's a handy comparison, thanks to the NSW Irrigator's Council:
The lands and waters of the River Murray, or Murrundi, are central to the culture and beliefs of their Traditional Owners, who have occupied, enjoyed, utilised and managed these areas since the Creation.
The Ngarrindjeri are the Traditional Owners of the Lower Lakes, Murray Mouth and Coorong and along the River Murray as far north as Mannum. The First Peoples of the River Murray and Mallee Region are the Traditional Owners of the River Murray area from the Victorian border to Morgan.
Flow - Life Giving Lands and Waters
We are Water People
History of the river
The river has changed a lot in the last 100 years, due to changes in the environment, more people needing water from the river and how we manage it.
A brief history of water use in the Murray-Darling Basin
From 2001-2010, the Millennium Drought devastated the environment and communities along the river.
Improving river health
Since the end of the drought in 2010, there has been plenty of work done to help the river recover, including the agreement on the Basin Plan. We’re starting to see real benefits to communities, industries and the environment. But there’s still a lot to be done.