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Learn more about the Murray River, Lakes and Coorong

Relax on the tranquil Murray River. Hire a houseboat, experience breathtaking scenery and explore quiet towns steeped in history.

Play or pause? The choice is yours
From its source in the Snowy Mountains in New South Wales, the Murray flows 2,520 kilometres to the Southern Ocean in South Australia. It passes through the Riverland, down to Murray Bridge and on to the Lakes and Coorong.

Whether you want to relax on a leisurely houseboat holiday or explore Australia’s greatest waterway – the choice is yours. Experience Aboriginal culture and history. The Murray River is around 130 million years old; for thousands of years, it and the Coorong were home to Ngarrindjeri and Nganguraku people.

See wildlife up close or head into the mallee scrub for an exhilarating four-wheel drive (4WD) adventure.


Houseboating on the Murray River

A Murray River, Lakes and Coorong holiday isn’t complete until you get on the water. 


Gently down the stream
The Murray River, Lakes and Coorong is a popular escape just one hour's drive from Adelaide. Visitors can indulge their love for water sports, the wilderness and wild adventures.

Whether captaining a five-star houseboat, paddling a kayak or experiencing the grandeur and romance of an historic paddle steamer, you’ll be inspired by breathtaking scenery at every turn.

Australia’s largest inland paddle steamer is the P.S. Murray Princess. Four storeys high and propelled by a paddlewheel, this is one of the finest ways to experience the Murray River. The Proud Mary is another beautiful vessel, offering everything from lunch cruises to five-day wildlife expeditions.

Take to the water
A river and lakes holiday isn’t complete until you get on the water. If you don’t have the equipment, there are plenty of places where you can hire paddleboats, canoes, sailing boats, life jackets and jetski gear. Learn how to wakeboard with lessons available daily.

If you don’t want to get wet, there are plenty of other activities in the region to keep you entertained, from sky diving to paintball skirmish; motocross to go-karting.

Enjoy some country hospitality
When you need a break from houseboating, fishing, canoeing, swimming or waterskiing, there are plenty of historic towns where you can stop, step ashore and enjoy some great country hospitality. With barbecues, playgrounds and lawn lining the riverbanks, they’re perfect for families and a picnic lunch.

Stay a bit longer in a caravan park or sleep under the stars in one of the region’s stunning conservation parks. Grab some walking shoes, a swag and enjoy a trip "out bush".

Where the Murray meets the sea
Just 90 minutes south of Adelaide is the Lakes and Coorong district, where the Murray River meets the sea. The Coorong stretches 130 kilometres along South Australia’s south-east (S.E.) coast from Kingston S.E. to the Murray Mouth. It is a popular place to fish, four-wheel drive (4WD), canoe, hike, camp and birdwatch.

There are more than 275 different plant species and 200 bird species spread across almost 47,000 hectares of stunning lagoons and salt pans.

Venture inland to the Mallee
With shimmering pink salt lakes, wildflowers and sand dunes rising out of low-lying scrub, the Mallee marks the start of the Murray River, Coorong and Lakes region.  

Criss-crossed by four-wheel drive (4WD) tracks – including the popular Border Track – the Mallee boasts 336,000 hectares of conservation park. It is popular with campers, hikers, birdwatchers and foodies, who stock-up on Mallee honey, olives and olive oil. 

Take some time out to play among the wetlands, wildlife and water. You’ll return home feeling relaxed and recharged.

Maps and More

Find out more and plan your trip with the Murray River, Lakes and Coorong visitor guide. Relax on a houseboat, explore the river and lakes in a kayak or canoe and see the amazing birdlife in the Coorong National Park.


Download a Murray River, Lakes and Coorong map to help find your way from Swan Reach to Meningie and as far west as Pinnaroo.

Ask a local

The Visitor Information Centres located at Mannum and Murray Bridge are open seven days a week and the friendly staff are always on hand to help you with your plans, so drop in and say hi. Visit the Murray River, Lakes and Coorong website for more local information.

Murray River - float at your own pace

Drift along at your own pace on the Murray River. Get out on the water with Unforgettable Houseboats, drop in for a drink at Caudo Vineyards and Wilkadene Woolshed Brewery, or simply find a perch and watch the world flow by.

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