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River Cruising

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!

National & Conservation Parks

The Murray River, Lakes & Coorong region is home to the internationally significant Coorong National Park and a diverse range of noteworthy conservation parks - from the huge mallee parks with their distinctive vegetation and wildflowers, to the ancestral home of the Nganguraku People on the banks of the Murray River.

The parks of the region are ideal for anyone interested in bird-watching, hiking and photography. Many have great picnic spots, lookouts, walking trails, camping and 4WD opportunities. Each park has different facilities and some are quite isolated so be sure to research fully before setting off.

National & Conservation Parks

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

Natural Sights

Boasting a range of natural sights and wonders the region is home to some of the most breathtaking and unusual scenery. Accessible waterfalls and rock pools, ancient limestone cliffs and rock formations that resemble animals are all part of the natural treasures of the region just waiting to be explored!

Natural Sights

Animals Galore

Here in the Murray River, Lakes and Coorong region we are home to many wild animals - some Australian and some African. You can be sure that driving on our country roads you'll be able to spot a Kangaroo jumping around in the bushland, drive carefully around dusk as this is when they become their most active.

Take a visit on the wild side and adventure up river to The Big Bend where you can find a family farm with a nature based tourism experience. Big Bend by Night is an evening adventure with no walking involved. Sitting in an open sided cart you can spotlight many nocturnal wild Australian animals.

Animals Galore

Pangarinda Botanic Gardens

Situated on 30 hectares of Crown Land just outside Wellington, this Botanic Garden is part of an endeavour to conserve Australia’s threatened flora. Developed and maintained by an active group of volunteers, this garden specialises in species from the highly modified drier agricultural regions of Southern mainland Australia.

Pangarinda Botanic Gardens