Ferns beside a still pool

Navigational Charts and Maps

According to the map we've only gone 4 inches.

Harry, from the movie Dumb & Dumber

Topographic Maps

These are my personal go to for paddling the Murray; digital versions on the Avenza Maps app. I use a combination of my own custom maps with topographic maps to provide additional coverage directly from NSW Spatial Services for the NSW/VIC sections and GetLost Maps for the SA section.

Geoscience Australia provide downloadable topographic maps
50k Map Index, most from northern coastlines, minimal others
100k Map Index, most coastal regions excluding Tasmania
250k Map Index, complete coverage
1 Million Map Index, complete coverage

The Federal Government's National Maps is a useful online topological map with lots of additional data providers like the SRTM 1 sec DEM data set.

Sentinel Hub is a great tool for viewing near real time satellite data including Sentinel, Landsat, and other Earth observation imagery.

New South Wales (NSW)
Free PDF downloads or browse online. Mostly 1:25K, some 1:50K maps.
Victoria (VIC)
Paid PDF downloads or browse online.
South Australia (SA)
Paid PDF downloads or browse online.
GetLost Maps
Free topographical maps that you can download directly from their website as well as on Avenza Maps.

Large hardcopy topographic map books are also available:

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North East Region, 7th Ed.

by Spatial Vision

Murray from Echuca east, plus the Campaspe to Mitta Mitta Rivers.

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North West Region, 7th Ed.

by Spatial Vision

Murray from Echuca, including Picnic Point, west to the South Australia border.

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Riverland and Murray Mallee Map

Emergency Services Map Book, 4th Ed.

by Service SA

Includes all of the Murray River and the Coorong

Published Charts and Pilots

The following pilots provide excellent coverage of the river from Albury to the mouth, along with entertaining stories and insightful histories found in some of the books.

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The Indi - Murray Gates

Whitehorse River Map

by Whitehorse Canoe Club

Single page guide for the Murray Gates whitewater section between Tom Groggin and Bunroy Creek

More Info

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River of Islands Charts

Yarrawonga Weir to Hume Dam

by Kath Bentley and Leon Bentley

Navigation charts of the River Murray, covering Hume Dam down to the Yarrawonga Weir.

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River Murray Charts Charts

Renmark to Yarrawonga, 8th Ed.

by Maureen Wright

Navigation charts of the River Murray, covering Yarrawonga down to Renmark.

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Murray River Pilot Charts

Goolwa to the SA/NSW border plus the Lower Murray Lakes and Coorong, 2nd Ed.

by Ronald J. Baker, Margaret R. Baker and William Reschke

Navigation charts of the lower River Murray and lakes.

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Murray Lakes Goolwa & Islands Navigation Guide Chart Map

by Carto Graphics

A navigational guide to the waterways around the Murray Lakes and islands at the mouth of the River Murray.

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Cruising from Goolwa Guide

Lower Murray, the Lakes and the Coorong, 3rd Ed.

by David N. Brook

Cruising Notes for the around the lakes and Coorong.

Hard copies of the Murray River Access Maps by Spatial Vision can still be occasionally found at the various Info Centres along the way but are also published as geo-referenced maps on Avenza Maps.

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Source to Jingellic
Book 12
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Jingellic to Lake Hume
Book 6
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Lake Hume to Yarrawonga
Book 3
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Yarrawonga to Ulupna Island
Book 1
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Ulupna Island to Barmah
Book 11
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Barmah to Gunbower
Book 2
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Gunbower to Murrabit
Book 4
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Murrabit to Tooleybuc
Book 5
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Tooleybuc to Wemen
Book 7
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Wemen to Mildura
Book 8
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Mildura to Neds Corner
Book 9
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Neds Corner to Renmark
Book 10
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Renmark to Waikerie
Book 13
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Waikerie to Blanchetown
Book 14
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Blanchetown to Mannum
Book 15
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Mannum to Murray Mouth
Book 16
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Murray Source to Sea
Books 1-16

The SA Department for Environment and Water also publishes some free maps on Avenza Maps that cover many parks and reserves along the water way, including Katarapko Creek, Loch Luna and Chowilla Game Reserves.

Online Map with Distance Markers

The map below shows the main waterways along the river.

The online map also shows markers every km of the river that starts at the mouth, 00 and continue on up to the source, 2,577, near the source of the Murray at Indi Springs. These attempt to follow the locations of the physical distance markers found between Wellington and Biggara as closely as possible. Zoom in to see these.

See the Distance Markers page for more details about these.

  • Swampy Plain River
  • Tooma River
  • Mitta Mitta River
  • Kiewa River
  • Ovens River
  • Goulburn River
  • Campaspe River
  • Loddon River
  • Edward River
  • Wakool River
  • Murrumbidgee River
  • Darling River
  • Great Darling Anabranch
  • Rufus River
  • Katarapko Creek

You can also download copies of the distance markers from the Distance Marker page.


* The KML track used here has been simplified using the Douglas-Peucker method with an ~10 m tolerance.