The Murray River is Australia’s largest waterway. Teeming with wetland wildlife, it houses over 300 species of bird, reptiles and mammals.
It spans over 2,500 kilometers, starting from the mountain ranges of the Great Dividing range and opens up to the Fleurieu Peninsula at its mouth.
The Coorong is also a stunning national wonder, with its abundant wildlife, unspoilt coastline and saline lagoon.
Fishing, canoeing and kayaking are some of the water activities that tourists come to Murray River to enjoy. Start off at Picnic Point then paddle downstream to Barnah Lakes where you can spot kingfishers and other waterbirds along the way.
Marvel at the majestic limestone cliffs at The Big Bend. Witness it by night and behold a spectacular star-lit sky when you join the Dark Sky Night tour.
Learn more about the rich Aboriginal history of the river when you visit the Yindyamarra Sculpture Walk – a contemporary feature of Aboriginal sculptures.
Make a trip to Coorong National Park, a saltwater lagoon ecosystem and see pelicans at Jack Point. It is best to travel with a 4WD and pack some camping gear to stay a few days in the park.
The Edward River Houseboats is an idyllic choice for a houseboat rental if you want to stay right on the river. It is surrounded by Australia’s largest Red Gum Forest.
Luxury seekers can stay at the Aruma River Resort, just 20 minutes away from Mannum. It includes recreational facilities that guests of every age can enjoy.
Or stay at Coorong Cabins, located in Coorong National Park itself. It has 1 to 2 bedroom options that can house up to 4 guests, and their friendly host is happy to share insider knowledge about the place.
The budget conscious can still enjoy stunning views over the water at Meningie’s Waterfront Motel – located on the banks of Lake Albert and a short ride away from Coorong National Park.
Enjoy a scenic waterfront breakfast or lunch at The River Deck – where exceptional food, quality service and unparalleled river views await you.
Those looking for casual dining by the waterfront should eat at Riverscape Restaurant. It has an excellent selection of meats and seafood.
Head to Sedan Hotel to soak in the local pub vibe. The small country pub is opened seven days a week, serving up pub grub and some local hospitality.
Get a taste of a true regional specialty, the Savoury Slice – a pie and pizza sandwiched in a pastry roll – found at McCues bakery at Murray Bridge.