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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.

Playgrounds

For any parent on a family trip, playgrounds are a great way to keep the kids entertained along the way. The Murray River Lakes and Coorong region features fantastic park, reserve and playground facilities in most major towns, with a number of standout experiences to 'wear out’ the kids!

Playgrounds

Walking & Hiking

With such beautiful and varied scenery to explore, the Murray River Lakes & Coorong offers many opportunities to walk or hike. A range of walks and trails of varying lengths and degrees of difficulty are on offer. From picturesque waterfalls to historical town walks, there is plenty to keep you active on your next visit to the region.

Be sure to check with Visitor Information Centres in each town for their walking maps.

Walking & Hiking

Geocaching

Geocaching is a fun outdoor treasure hunting game that anyone with a GPS device or smartphone can play. It involves following clues to find hidden containers called geocaches or caches. The caches may contain all sorts of treasure and trinkets to be exchanged, clues to other caches or items that can be tracked such as Travel Bugs. Geocaching is something that you can do all over the world and it is always exciting to find a cache. Geocaching is a great way to explore the parks and places within the Murraylands area. There are loads of caches hidden all over the Murraylands, many of them designed for families to do together.

Geocaching

Museums

The rich history of the Murray River Lakes & Coorong area is reflected in the many museums that have been developed to showcase the region’s past. The days of early river trade, the romance of the paddle steamer era and the importance of rail are all well documented through exhibits and interactive displays across the region. Take some time to discover the stories that have shaped our history.

Museums

Cycle

The Murray River Lakes & Coorong region offers some fantastic cycling opportunities, which are a great way to experience the vast area and ever-changing landscapes. For those with their own equipment there are plenty of quiet sealed roadways to explore.

Mannum Visitor Information Centre offers a bike hire service with a bike to suit every member of the family. This is a great way to explore the township and surrounding areas whilst getting some exercise at the same time!

Similarly, you can hire bikes at Goolwa from Urban Garage, and cruise along the river's edge, either upstream along Liverpool Road, or downstream to Barrages. There are lots of great cafes on the way to refuel!

Murray Bridge has a great selection of bike trails, travelling either along the river, or inland. Choose from beginner, intermediate and advanced routes. A great one to try is the Murray Bridge to Monarto trail. All of the trails are well sign posted.

If vast water views are your thing, then try cycling from Meningie, around Lake Albert to Raukkan. Here you can visit the Point Malcolm lighthouse, Australia's only inland lighthouse. The views from Raukkan are sensational, and the community is very welcoming.

The Tailem Bend Community Centre has free bike hire - take a cruise along the river clifftops and stop at the Riverside Hotel for a lunch with spectacular river views.

Cycle

Fishing

The Murray River plays host to many species of fish, with regulars such as Murray Cod, Callop, Catfish, Bream, Macquarie, Perch and Redfin. Fishing is a popular pastime in these parts and your kids will love dropping a fishing line in the water and hooking their first fish.

Fishing equipment, bait, lures and nets are widely available from fishing outlets and many general stores, while those who want to fish in the Murray River itself will find many good spots which are easily accessible by road. Most towns have boat ramps if you’re planning on using your own boat. Murray Cod is an iconic but threatened fish in Australia’s Murray-Darling Basin. It is one of the largest native freshwater species, growing to 1.8 metres and 113kg.

Fishing

Nature Play

Time to get out, explore and play! The Murray River, Lakes and Coorong is a great place to explore with the kids. It is full of diverse wildlife, activities and fun things to do. Best of all, many of them are free!

Remember to always travel with the fun stuff packed in the boot - bats and balls, bathers, buckets, towels, boogie boards, frisbees and snacks. The region has endless amounts of open space and water, so these items will be put to good use whilst you kick back on a picnic blanket with a cheese platter and a glass of wine or good coffee.

Don't forget a change of clothes. No matter how cold, your kids are likely to end up wet!

Discover some things you can do with your kids, while exploring our region.

Nature Play