Murray River Walk Philosophy

Our philosophy is to help our guests discover the magic of the Murray River in South Australia.

Our product combines some of the best Riverland and Murray River experiences over 4 days and 3 nights — a peaceful walk in nature, houseboat accommodation, superb regional food and wine — against the backdrop of a beautiful broad and noble river.

We will share stories about the history, culture and nature of this river with you, so that you can share them with others. The Riverland Ramsar Wetland has many stories worth sharing.

We want you to feel good about yourself by reaching a new wellbeing based on physical achievement, relaxation and new insight.

Our goal is to broaden the economic diversity of the Riverland region and South Australia by strengthening our regional brand and creating greater pride in our regional assets, so that our community is more resilient when future challenges arise.

Our company — Luxury River Trails P/L — is new. All of our staff give generously to their community and the tourism industry, and in time, our Company will commit further resources to support the environment and sustainable tourism along the Murray River.


I thoroughly enjoyed the experience of the Murray River Walk. My highlights were the huge 1000 year old River Red Gum, the red gum forest and the Emu bush forest. I also loved the signs of regeneration. The views were amazing. I felt spoilt by the service and delicious five star dinners and after walk spa!
I'm the most relaxed I've felt for months. I highly recommend it.
– Carolynne D, June 2016


Murray River Walk Team

Tony Sharley
Tony Sharley
Managing Director and Guide

Tony Sharley is the creator of Murray River Walk, inspired by the magnificence of the Murray River and a career living and working on rivers.

Tony grew up on the Murray River at Renmark with parents who loved and shared “their river”. He worked on the Molonglo and Thredbo Rivers in NSW, the Alligator Rivers Region in Kakadu National Park and on the rivers of the Murray-Darling Basin. He returned to Renmark and led the process of restoring the Banrock Station wetlands and listing them as a Ramsar Wetland of International Importance, whilst managing sponsorship of more than 100 wetland and river restoration projects around the world.

He also Chaired the Riverland Ramsar Site Steering Committee during the development of its Management Plan 2010 - 2015.

His passion for walking has taken him on several of Australia’s great walks in Tasmania and the Flinders Ranges in South Australia, and the Milford Track in New Zealand. As Manager of Banrock Station, Tony designed the Banrock Station Boardwalk Trail which has been walked by thousands of nature, food and wine lovers.

Murray River Walk provides an opportunity for Tony to share the stories of the Murray River, its challenges, its past and future, its wildlife and his knowledge of local Riverland food and wine. His aim is to provide inspiring experiences on the Murray River and achieve membership of Great Walks of Australia to raise the profile of Australia’s greatest river, the Murray.

Lauren Burdett
Lauren Burdett
Operations Manager and Guide

Lauren Burdett grew up at Port Lincoln, South Australia, studied Natural Resources Management at Adelaide University and moved to the Riverland where she worked for the Department for Environment, Water and Natural Resources. Recently Lauren made the transition to Ecotourism where she now works for Murray River Walk as Operations Manager. She has a great passion for the Murray River and encouraging people to explore the Riverland like a local.

Lauren is the founder of the increasingly popular Riverland Unearthed blog and is a strong advocate for the Riverland tourism industry.

Rob Hughes
Rob Hughes
Owner, River Murray Houseboats and Guide

Rob and Jenna Hughes own River Murray Houseboats. They bring a fresh entrepreneurial style to boating on the Murray River. River Murray Houseboats is a well maintained modern fleet of boats ranging from 4 to 10 berth. Their 10 berth “Desire” houseboat is your home during the Murray River Walk, and they supply the 12 seater cruiser for exploring the creeks.

Rob is currently on the Board of the Houseboat Hirers Association and spent several years in the building industry before moving to Renmark.

Rob’s knowledge of the river and its creeks is invaluable for trip planning and mooring the houseboat each day at an ideal location for you to enjoy the superb scenery from your room or the riverbank.

Come Work with Us

Murray River Walk is always keen to expand our team of experienced and passionate guides.

Guiding for Murray River Walk is a unique opportunity to work in an amazing part of South Australia and to meet people from around the world. Guiding is a challenging job, requiring high levels of responsibility and accountability. You must be able to work in an open, cooperative team manner with your fellow guides to achieve high levels of guest satisfaction.

We welcome your expression of interest to Tony Sharley at outlining your experience and/or capability against the criteria contained in the following document - Consider Guiding for Murray River Walk.


Murray River Walk Suppliers

Murray River Walk sources all of its food, wine and beverages from the Riverland or South Australia.

Murray River Walk works with Riverland businesses wherever possible to enable our business to operate professionally and efficiently.

The Great Walks of Australia Collective

Great Walks of Australia is an exclusive collection of some of the best walking experiences Australia has to offer. Each of these independently owned and guided walking experiences is unique and together covers some of Australia’s most iconic landscapes – from the untamed Tasmanian wilderness to the rugged Victorian coastline; to the ancient volcanic plateaus of Queensland and the magnificent outback of South Australia and the Northern Territory.

Great Walks of Australia (GWOA) currently features ten multi day adventures offering unparalleled experiences. The journeys are led by expert guides with a deep understanding of the environment who help to bring alive the culture, nature and history of each destination along the way. Small intimate group departures, exclusive accommodation and outstanding food and wine combine remote wilderness locations with the ultimate in luxury walking holidays. Find out more at their website or request a hard copy of the brochure here.


Ph: 0418 808 475
Ph: 0429 691 976

Email: Murray River Walk

Luxury River Trails trading as Murray River Walk
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