The start of summer on the Murray River is shaping up a little differently this year, and while we wait for the high flows to subside, we’re taking every other opportunity in the region to enjoy the river in any way we can.
One example is spending our time, overlooking the historic twin bridges at the $45 million, six-storey, riverfront Bridgeport Hotel. Recently announced as Australia’s best regional hotel, this incredible venue provides one of the most epic front terraces, allowing visitors to take in the sight of the mighty Murray from high above it.
The bonus this summer, is that it will also be putting on its biggest calendar of events which will help spice up your weekends, and allow you to support the Murray River communities, even when some of the on-water activities are limited.
Take a read of the shows, celebrations and good vibes you can grab tickets for now:
“MURRAY BRIDGE … are you ready ? Come and join us as the star spangled, sequinned studded divas take to the stage. Get ready for a night of Camp Mockery of Divas through the ages (because not one of us look like the real deal) !!! Musical stylings from the 80s through to current times, your bound to leave the show laughing, maybe even crying!!!”
“Ever been ghosted by a Gemini? Burned by yet another boy with a moustache? Played the little-known game BitLife in a depressive state and wondered if it would make for a niche joke in a comedy cabaret show? …just me? Come have a night of chaotic catharsis where we take our petty revenge through some silly little songs about our silly little lives.”
“A Tribute to the pioneering female vocalists of the ’60s and ’70s. With FULL TILT JANIS the International Janis Joplin Show, featuring the acclaimed vocals of Melissa Jubb as Janis and PEARLY GATES performing the classics from Aretha Franklin, Tina Turner, Patti Smith, Carly Simon, Marianne Faithfull, Suzi Quatro, Carole King, Jefferson Airplane and more.”
The Bridgeport Hotel is an official Fringe venue for 2023 and has plenty of other fun events lined up for February and March, including:
Plus, stick around for accoustic sessions in the lounge each Friday night (7:30-10:30pm) and Sunday (2pm-5pm).
Elevate the event experience in one of the Bridgeport’s contemporary river view rooms. Boasting the exceptional Murray Bridge landscape, one peak out the window will inspire you to explore the region.
The added bonus, is that if you’re an overnight guest you can use the gorgeous infinity pool perched alongside the cocktail bar – the perfect way to cool off this summer.
A weekend in Murray Bridge will immerse you in food, nature and action experiences. To get up close and personal with your room’s river view, book a guided kayak tour with Freedom Boat Hire where the experts will take you to the best spots along the water.
If you’d prefer an inland adventure, a short trip to Monarto will land you at the largest safari park outside of Africa, where you can get in touch with your wild side. The Monarto Safari Park team recently unveiled the Land of the Lemurs, the newest place to spend time with everyone’s favourite Madagascar character.
Plus, on top of all the other great features at the redeveloped visitor centre, there’s also a 32-metre-wide mural of the park’s animals, in a piece they call Monarto’s Great Race – this is incredibly popular with the kiddos (and for those who love art, discover more with a visit to the Murray Bridge Regional Art Gallery).
Our region has everything you need to soak up summer, so fill your social calendar with an event at the Bridgeport, stay for the weekend, and make unforgettable memories.