Captain a houseboat, hop on a paddle steamer or see big cats at Monarto Zoo. Find things to do in the Murray River, Lakes and Coorong region.
130 million years and counting
When you’re 130 million years old, you’ve had plenty of time to create some amazing things to see. History is a very important part of the Murray River, Lakes and Coorong region but it’s not the only reason to come here. See the native animals, take to the water and go on an off-road adventure.
There's endless fun to be had by the Murray. Camp, swim, sail, paddle, ski or simply relax on the banks.
Wander along the mighty Murray
Be your own captain and take the wheel of a five-star houseboat for a river holiday that you’ll never forget. Jump on an historic paddle steamer like the P.S. Murray Princess or Proud Mary and experience the grandeur of the Murray River.
Experience the quiet, shallow backwaters of the Murray River. Get up close to wading birds, New Zealand fur seals or a breeding colony of pelicans on the Coorong’s Pelican Island.
Living heritage and pioneering history
Two different Aboriginal groups lived along the Murray River and today you can still find "canoe trees" that were used to make eucalyptus bark fishing boats. Visit Ngaut Ngaut Aboriginal site, where local guides take visitors to the birthplace of the Black Duck dreaming and Australia’s first archaeological dig.
At Camp Coorong, just out of Meningie, learn the art of basket weaving or join a nature walk with Aboriginal elders.
A tribute to the early pioneering days can be seen at the Mannum Dock Museum: home to the PS Marion, which was built in 1897. It's one of the last operational wood-fired, steam-driven, overnight passenger carrying, side paddle steamers in the world.
Back on dry land, Old Tailem Town Pioneer Village boasts 12 streets of memories and more than 90 buildings that will take you back “to the old days”.
Parks and sanctuaries
The Murray River is also home to some fabulous wildlife parks and sanctuaries. Conservation and sheep grazing blend seamlessly at nearby Saunders Gorge Sanctuary. The Coorong is one of Australia’s most iconic parks, with 130 kilometres of saltwater lagoons and striking scenery.
Ngarkat Conservation Park is renowned for its network of challenging four-wheel drive (4WD) tracks through dense mallee scrub and sand dunes.
The amazing Monarto Zoo is a must-see for a taste of Africa in regional South Australia. Take a shuttle bus tour to visit the lions, cheetahs, chimpanzees, giraffes and more.
Stock up on fresh produce
Just about every ingredient you would find on a pizza, from cheeses to salami, tomatoes, onions and olives, can be found in the region. Stock up on fresh seasonal fruit and vegies, oven-baked breads and pizzas, home-made baked delights, honey, olive oil and more at the weekly Murray Bridge Farmers Market.
Grab some famous Coorong Mullet from a small stall on the Princes Highway, just out of Meningie, or try catching one yourself. The region is also prized for its Angus Beef while nearby Jervois is well-known for its dairy farms.
Mypolonga is the place for apricots and oranges, or stop at The Big Olive at Tailem Bend for an olive oil tasting and freshly brewed coffee.
For a spot of wine tasting, take a short drive to Willow Point Wines, just south of Murray Bridge or visit Heward Estate Wines at Mannum, which bottles under the name of "Mannum Cliffs Wines".