Whether you want to relax on a leisurely Houseboat Holiday, explore the backwaters and by-ways of Australia's greatest waterway or simply drop a line and enjoy a sport of fishing, Murray Bridge in the Murray River Lakes and Coorong Region is the place to relax and rejuvinate.
Lined by historic townships, this majestic waterway meanders through a picturesque section of Australian countryside, past amazing cliffs, stunning scenery and teeming bird life, bringing life and leisure to all.
If there was ever a place on earth to unwind, it is on this great winding river. There is little in life more rewarding than feeling the relaxing rhythm of this grand river as it slowly drifts along in awe of its relentless push to the ocean
Easily accessible and starting just an hour’s drive from Adelaide, the region is perfect for fun on the water – houseboating, fishing, canoeing, skiing and swimming are all on offer, as are great riverside picnic spots, amazing sunsets and a range of cruising options.
Visit award-winning attractions, go shopping, sample famous wines, stock up on local produce or learn about the Murray River’s fascinating heritage at a local museum. Embrace the Murraylands’ farming, horticulture and dairy industries; take a ride aboard a historic paddle steamer; check out the work of local and indigenous artists at a gallery; or take a bushwalk and discover abundant native wildlife in one of the region’s many conservation parks or the UNESCO-listed Riverland Biosphere.
No visit to Murray Bridge is complete without visiting the Bunyip that lurks around Sturt Reserve. Be sure to say hello and read his story! The Murray Bridge Cameo Cinema also offers a relaxing evening for all the family.
The Murray River, Lakes & Coorong region is well known for tourism experiences within the following themes:
Canoe adventures. A canoe or kayak adventure is a great way to explore the Murray River, with a number of hire operators servicing Murray Bridge.
Motor sport. Adventure, sport and recreation- Motor sport lovers are well-served in the Murray River regions. Murray Bridge and Mannum both have motocross tracks and the Murray Bridge Speedway has a regular program of events, including the Australian Sprintcar Championships. Tailem Bend Motorsport Park is another wonderful alternative for enthusiasts only 20 minutes closeby.
Long-distance walkers should consider the 105 kilometre Lavender Federation Trail, which travels from Murray Bridge to Springton in the Barossa. It traverses old rail yards, river wetlands, rugged gorges and farming land, and is one of the most scenic walks in the state.
The Round House, Murray Bridge. Visitors can take a guided tour of this historic building (circa 1876), once used as a school, post office and council chamber.
Captain’s Cottage Museum, Murray Bridge. Home to an extensive collection of photos, vintage machinery and model riverboats.
The Rail and River Walk in Murray Bridge and the Mannum Waterfalls on the Mannum–Murray Bridge Road boasts some fantastic scenery, spectacular gorges in summer and cascading waterfalls after good winter rains.
Good bird watching spots include the Swanport Wetlands, Paiwalla Wetlands, Riverglades Wetlands and Rocky Gully Wetland and Riverglades wetlands just out of Murray Bridge
Discover rare birds, flora and fauna on a bushwalking journey through the Ngarkat Group of conservation parks. These four adjoining Mallee parks cover a combined area of 270,000 hectares and are home to a spectacular array of animals, including echidnas, Pygmy possums and Mallee Fowl.
The Murray River, Lakes & Coorong is home to many food and wine outlets that sell fresh, seasonal fruit and regional produce. Be sure to check out all the local produce at the Murray Bridge Farmers Market every Sunday right on the river banks at Sturt Reserve, Murray Bridge. Everything sold at the market is grown or made in the region, including fruit, vegetables, native foods, small goods, meat, organically-grown produce and tasty dishes from the region’s multicultural community. Stock up on seasonal foods then relax with a fresh coffee and farmer’s breakfast.
Picturesque dining experiences await in the Murray River region. From traditional pub fare to modern cuisine, there will always be something to tempt your tastebuds. Or chuck a line in and dine on the decks with your very own ‘catch of the day’. Dine with views of the famous Murray River, stop by a country bakery, visit a family-friendly pub or dine aboard one of the Murray River houseboats, feeling the water swat beneath you whilst indulging in scrumptious food. Put your feet up and relax with a cappuccino, gourmet tea or a rich desert at one of the coffee shops.
Dining hours can be seasonal – it’s always best to call ahead to confirm opening times and book.
The best way to experience the Murray River is from the water itself.
Whether you spend a leisurely few days on a houseboat, hop aboard a –half hour river cruise or embark on a historic paddle steamer journey, you’ll be inspired by the breathtaking river scenery, relaxing atmosphere and unspoilt natural environment. Or take your river journey into your own hands and hire a speedboat, dinghy or kayak to travel down the Murray River at your own pace.
One of the most popular ways to cruise the Murray is to hire a houseboat. Offering both accommodation and transport, these purpose-built vessels give you the freedom to explore the wide stretches of the river’s dynamic scenery in pure comfort and relaxation. At day’s end you can moor near a sandy beach, cook up your catch and enjoy a sunset campfire.
A Murray River holiday isn’t complete until you get on the water. If you want to hit the water but don’t have the equipment there are plenty of places where you can hire paddleboats, canoes, life jackets and ski gear. Most towns along the Murray River have facilities for water skiing and other water sports, including boat ramps, riverside reserves and campsites.
Dropping a line in the Murray River as the sun disappears behind the red ochre cliffs must be one of life’s most relaxing activities. Whether you’re an experienced angler or an enthusiastic beginner, the best way to discover where the fish are biting is to ask a local. Have a chat when you buy your bait and tackle, which are available at various locations throughout the region. As you don’t need a recreational fishing license in South Australia, everyone can enjoy this popular past time.
Murray Bridge Race Course holds 14 annual thoroughbred race meetings a year, including a fabulous Australia Day event. Those wanting to experience a truly Australian picnic race meeting should head to the Mallee for the Mindarie–Halidon Cup in September.
Murray Bridge Golf Club is regarded as one of the best country courses in the state.
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