We’ve all missed our riverside holidays over the summer. But now, it’s time to come back.
As river levels recede from one of the biggest floods in living memory, it’s time to plan your riverside escape. Activities and locations put on hold throughout the past month are opening up, with more opportunities available along our mighty Murray River every day.
And with the SA Government’s Rise Up for Our River campaign – in particular the $100 – $200 off participating accommodation providers across the Murray River, Lakes & Coorong and neighbouring Riverland regions available through the River Revival Voucher program* – there’s never been a better time to book your journey.
*Terms and conditions apply, see below for more info. Licence no. SA T23/271.
Nobody knows riverfront accommodation better than River Shack Rentals. For nearly 20 years, owners David and Wendy Hartley have had a huge portfolio of riverside accommodation (sleeping 2-24 people), so you’ll feel at ease when you book with them.
While some properties are unavailable due to the river level, there are still plenty of magnificent accommodation options open and ready for booking. And of course, some things might look a little different as the region recovers from the flood impacts, but your waterfront holiday will be one of the most welcome ever, as we all get back to doing what we love along this gorgeous waterway.
Let’s start with the Aruma River Resort holiday homes, based in a well-kept secret location at Walker Flat. This spot has something for everyone, on and off the river, with a vast lawned area, pontoon, mooring points, boat ramp, solar heated swimming pool, tennis court, basketball ring and games room. Here there are various accommodation options, from the four-bedroom Shack 3 Executive (sleeps 12), to Shack 8 Willowdene, which sleeps 10. Discover and explore along the high cliffs above, or cast a line into the river. Either way, there’s plenty to do.
A short seven-minute drive from the picturesque town of Mannum, you’ll find Reedy Creek Retreat. It’s here you’ll relax in luxury glamping tents, pitched out in the open, among nature’s finest and most serene environment.
At Reedy Creek you can switch off and get back to nature with long walks and only the sound of the birds around you – and remember to bring your camera so you can capture every moment of the journey. Another highlight is kayaking on the backwaters, among the reeds and wildlife where you’ll get up close and personal with some of the Murray River’s birds, pelicans, hawks and swans.
For something closer to town, 66 River Lane Mannum is located on one of the most popular streets in Mannum, providing an easy walk to the main street, hotels, bakery and supermarket – but also offering views straight out over the water.
Further down the river at Wellington, you’ll find the simply stunning 20 Jefferson Court.
Located in the popular Wellington marina, this holiday home is perfect for those who like to entertain. With a swimming pool, floating pontoon and fire pit, it has everything you need.
The undercover outdoor BBQ area has a fridge to keep beverages close by, and even a dishwasher to make entertaining even easier.
Other options with amazing views near Murray Bridge, include 40C Lookout Drive and 3 Thiele Road, both sleeping 12 (so plenty of room for 2-3 families).
While you’re staying along the Murray River, make sure you spend time exploring some of the other incredible local experiences. It’s only a short 60-90minute drive up this way, so you can explore on the way, or dedicate some time to creating the perfect holiday itinerary for a few nights.
The PS Marion paddlesteamer is back on the move, offering high tea on the river this Mother’s Day, May 14. Departing Mary Anne Reserve at Mannum, bring your nearest and dearest, and wear your best hat to win a prize.
Monarto Safari Park is famous for its open-range sanctuary, home to SA’s first southern white rhinoceros, Australia’s largest giraffe herd and the new Land of the Lemur’s experience. The Zu-loop shuttle bus takes you around the wildlife viewing platforms – so everyone gets a look at the cheetahs, lions and kids favourite – the cheeky chimps.
If you’re not sure what to do, or don’t have time to organise anything, just ask Juggle House Experiences to take over. A multi-award winning tour-hosting service, Kelly and her team will pick you up from your accommodation and take you almost anywhere... from a winery tour, to a dark sky experience of a lifetime.
If art is your thing, take a drive down the highway to Karoonda and experience part of the Australian Silo Art Trail. By day the silos are a magnificent tribute to the heritage of farming and by night an ever-changing display of art from local artists lights up the main street attraction. There are also newly painted silos nearby at Galga and Copeville.
With the State Government’s new River Revival Vouchers* up for grabs now, there’s never been a better time to book in for the magic of the Murray River, Lakes and Coorong.
*Promoted by the South Australian Tourism Commission, Level 9, 250 Victoria Sq, Adelaide SA 5000. Licence no. T23/271. To enter and for full terms and conditions go to southaustralia.com/voucher. Registration dates between 27-29 March 2023. Draw date 30 March 2023. One draw will take place. Voucher amounts are $50, $100, $200. Winners to be notified by SMS and email on 30 March 2023.