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Places & Journeys

Places & Journeys

Murray River

Murray River

The towns along Australia’s greatest waterway are rich in history and provide excellent facilities to enhance your river experience. Fantastic riverfront reserves provide the perfect spot to throw in a line or share a picnic. Shopping precincts big and small will assist with a little retail therapy and a range of accommodation options and attractions make it easy to use one of these Murray River towns as your holiday base.

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Lakes & Coorong

Lakes & Coorong

The towns of the Coorong and Lower Lakes areas are linked by a mixture of rugged windswept coastline, wide open spaces, and agriculture and viticulture. Waterfront towns feature lovely reserve areas perfect for enjoying a picnic of local produce. Towns around the lakes all have a different and sometimes quirky story to tell.

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Mallee

Mallee

The Mallee area of the Murray River Lakes & Coorong region is known for its amazing sunrises and sunsets that linger across gentle rolling hills and expansive plains. It is country with a mix of agriculture, unique vegetation, wildlife and starry filled night skies. The resilience of early pioneers is still evident today as passionate small communities continue to welcome visitors to their patch.

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Farming Settlements

Farming Settlements

The farming settlements that link the Mount Lofty Ranges with the Murray River are home to sleepy quaint villages with stunning scenery, and usually a pub!

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Tours

Tours

The Murray River, Lakes and Coorong offers a wide variety of activities, scenery and destinations, many of which can be enjoyed as a tour experience. All tours are easy to book and access, and will guarantee you a memorable experience. Why not start with the unique and stunning Coorong, cruising the world renowned wetlands in the state-of-the-art Spirit of the Coorong? This is a truly memorable way to learn about South Australia's best kept secret. Or you can check out Big Bend by Night, a unique nocturnal tour of the river cliffs and wildlife. You may want to include this tour as part of your paddlesteamer cruise. Choose from a variety of historic vessels, day cruises or extended week long cruises. Trust us, once you spend time cruising the Murray River, you will quickly fall under its peaceful and magical spell.

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Itineraries

Itineraries

The Murray River, Lakes and Coorong has an impressive array of things to do and see. Don't know where to start? Then consider one of our itineraries as a guide. We've done the planning for you and put together a range of itineraries guaranteed to make your experience of the region memorable. Why not start with our star attraction, the majestic Murray River? We will take you the length of the Murray from the Riverland to the Murray Mouth, and include the best attractions, experiences and views along the way. Keep watching this space as we develop more bespoke itineraries for you.

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Play & Pause

Play & Pause

It’s a Family Thing

It’s a Family Thing

This is a destination that’s perfect for families. Kids want to do ‘stuff’ and there are plenty of options in the Murray River, Lakes & Coorong region — camping under the stars, fishing, canoeing or kayaking, catching yabbies, historic walks, bike trails, waterskiing, getting up close and personal with the wildlife, even amazing playgrounds. One thing’s for sure - the kids will sleep well.

Go Wild

Go Wild

The Murray River, Lakes & Coorong region has so many diverse and stunning environments. They’re beautiful to look at, but to really appreciate and understand these places you need to experience them. This is a region made for the adventurous, with plenty of opportunities to hike, paddle, fish, swim, stroll and cycle. It’s a great way to meet the locals too – roos, wombats, pelicans, and thousands of other native species abound. If the wildlife starts to look distinctly African, you’ll know you’re at Monarto!

River Cruising

River Cruising

There’s nothing like getting on the river and going with the flow. A houseboat holiday is a great way of seeing parts of the river you couldn’t get to with a car and it can be surprisingly affordable. If you’d prefer to have someone else navigate, the region has plenty of cruising options, including the river’s biggest, most beautiful lady, the Murray Princess. For the more adventurous, there’s jetskiing, canoeing and kayaking too.

Adrenaline Rush

Adrenaline Rush

If your idea of a great holiday is one which gets your pulse racing, the region won’t disappoint. If watersports are your thing, there’s waterskiing and wakeboarding, as well as jetski hire available near some of the river’s widest, flatest stretches. Back on dry land, there’s horse racing at the Murray Bridge Racing Club and horsepower at the town’s speedway. Want to see it all from above? We've got skydiving with epic views.

For the Foodies

For the Foodies

Plenty of picturesque dining experiences await visitors to the Murray River Lakes & Coorong region. From traditional pub fare to stylish modern cuisine, there’s plenty to tempt the tastebuds. If you’re on the move, pop into one of the great bakeries and sidewalk cafes you’ll find in most of the towns. The region also boasts a proud winemaking tradition in Langhorne Creek, with numerous cellar doors and dining options. There’s even a craft brewery for the beer connoisseurs.

Stay & Unwind

Stay & Unwind

On the River

On the River

A houseboat holiday is kind of like a camping trip but with all the mod cons and conveniences there when you need them. Houseboats are surprisingly easy to navigate and with only a driver’s licence, you can become a river captain. Perfect for families and friends, you can choose to explore an isolated section of the river, or moor at a town and grab a great steak in a local pub. If that doesn’t float your boat, how about a cruise on one of the Murray’s majestic paddle steamers? The crew takes care of everything for you, so all you have to do is enjoy the meals, the wine and the views.


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Caravan & Camping

Caravan & Camping

There’s nothing quite like toasting marshmallows around a campfire under a brilliant blanket of stars, then waking the next morning to a chorus of birdlife. Whether you want escape into a secluded campsite, or enjoy the comfort of a well-appointed caravan park, the Murray River Lakes and Coorong region has numerous options for couples and families. Many sites are close to town with easy access to shops, restaurants and facilities; others are in natural bush settings with river frontage and a full range of activities. Some towns even offer free camping reserves with basic facilities.


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Holiday Homes

Holiday Homes

The Murray River Lakes and Coorong has been a favourite destination for holidaymakers for well over a century, and the shack has been a huge part of its appeal. These holiday homes are often situated in prime spots with the river or beach almost at your doorstep, and facilities ranging from simple to sensational. If you prefer a fully catered stay, the region has some wonderful hotels and motels, many located close to the river and town services.


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Hotels & Motels

Hotels & Motels

If you prefer a fully catered stay, the region has some wonderful hotels and motels, many located close to the river and town services. On site, you’ll often have facilities like a pool, bar and restaurant. These are an easy and affordable option for short stays, or a stopover when travelling through the Murray River Lakes & Coorong.


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Bed & Breakfasts

Bed & Breakfasts

Who doesn’t love a little indulgence once in a while? A glass of post-dinner port in front of a crackling fireplace; the freshest scrambled eggs and country-baked bread you’ve ever tasted for brekky; beautiful brass beds and fresh white sheets. If this sounds like your sort of holiday, the Murray River Lakes and Coorong has a number of romantic little B&Bs where your hosts are more often than not the owners. These B&Bs are the perfect base from which to explore by day, unwind at night.


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About Murray River, Lakes and Coorong

The Murray River Lakes and Coorong region has a rich history both recent (Times Gone By) and ancient (Indigenous History). Heroic characters and feats are the foundation of today’s towns and settlements, yet a deeper story is embedded within the aboriginal people who have lived on and with the river environment for millennia.

A great place to start your own journey through the region is at one of the Accredited Information Centres (Visitor Information) where you’ll be guided towards the best experiences. You can find out what’s going on right now in the Murray River Lakes and Coorong (Latest News) and there’s a section for extending your holiday into the surrounding regions (Our Neighbours). Not that you’re likely to run out of things to do in this one!