Discover the Murray River, Lakes and Coorong on a self-drive holiday. Travelling by car is the most convenient way to explore the region.
The perfect driving holiday
Exploring the Murray River, Lakes and Coorong by car is an adventure. Once you're there, make sure you experience the region by boat as well.
From Adelaide, it's an easy one hour drive along the South Eastern Freeway (M1). From Victoria, take the Princes Highway (A1); and from Sydney, travel via the Mallee Highway (B12) and other roads within the state.
If you've got the time, take the scenic route by following the six-day Murray River Explorer self-drive itinerary from either Sydney or Melbourne. Hire cars can be picked up from Adelaide city locations, the airport or Mount Barker. See your closest Visitor Information Centre
Pack up your car and head to the Murray River, Lakes and Coorong for an unforgettable holiday.
Consider a coach or bus
Hop on a coach or bus and let someone else do the driving.
Link SA and Premier Stateliner are two local coach companies operating regularly between Adelaide and main towns in the region, including Murray Bridge, Mannum, Tailem Bend, Meningie and Pinnaroo. They also service smaller towns once a week. For more information visit Link SA
, Premier Stateliner
or one of the Visitor Information Centres
in the region. Interstate coach companies include Firefly
, Greyhound Australia
and Murraylink V-Line
which operate coach services between Adelaide and Melbourne or Adelaide and Sydney, via selected regional towns.
More to explore
Explore the region at your own pace. Try one of the following routes as the start to your journey:
Mid Murray Self-Drive Eco Tour is a 130 kilometre loop from Mannum through spinifex and saltbush plains, by parks and a waterfall. Discover Murray River Trail follows the entire length of the Murray River and Mallee. Mallee Highway Touring Route incorporates things to do and see in Pinnaroo, Lameroo and other Mallee towns. Tolmer Escort Gold Route follows the footsteps of Alexander Tolmer, who worked with SA Police to boost the state’s future through gold routes in the 1850s.
Melbourne to Adelaide Touring Route takes in the Coorong and spectacular inland scenery between the two cities. Narrung and Lake Albert Ring Route allows you to discover Aboriginal culture and the wildness of the Lakes and Coorong. For more information, visit your nearest Visitor Information Centre or visitor information outlet.
Ferries, locks and weirs
Locks and weirs make the Murray River easy to navigate. To see Lock 1 at Blanchetown in action, or for river access in a boat, visit between 8am and 11:30am, and 1pm to 4:30pm any day, except Christmas Day (grounds are open from 8am to 4:30pm).
Ferries are a free 24 hour service that can take up to 8 or 12 vehicles (depending on the ferry). Ferry crossings operate at Swan Reach, Walker Flat, Purnong, Mannum, Tailem Bend/Jervois, Wellington and Narrung.
Be sure to drive on the left-hand side of two-way roads. Obey the road signs and remember that speed limits are strictly enforced. You must not drive if your blood alcohol level is 0.05 per cent or higher. Using a handheld mobile phone when driving is also not permitted.
When travelling long distances, plan your journey to include several rest breaks and ensure you have enough supplies, water and fuel. For your safety and enjoyment, slow down, relax and enjoy the country pace of the region.
Off the beaten track
Experienced four-wheel drive (4WD) travellers should try the demanding Border Track in the Ngarkat Conservation Park. This 29 kilometre, one-way track skirts the South Australian-Victorian border and covers some rugged land. The spectacular birdlife is an amazing reward. The track closes during the fire danger season in the summer months.
Remember, the speed limit in our conservation parks is 40 kilometres per hour. If you’re in sand dunes or thick mallee scrub, stick to the existing wheel ruts. Reduce your tyre pressure when driving in sand. Look out for oncoming vehicles, pedestrians and animals. Camp at the marked sites inside. Fees may apply.