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The Frames, overlooking the Murray River

Five ways to experience the Murray River in summer

Recent rains have brought a buzzing atmosphere to the Murray River with expanded river flows, greener banks and wildlife aplenty.

The Murray River offers locals and tourists alike a smorgasbord of unique river experiences - from sipping a local brew riverside to exploring the back waters and surrounding bushland on the banks of the river on a guided tour. 

Here are our top five ways to experience the Murray River at its finest.

Setting off on the Murray River Walk

Setting off on the Murray River Walk

1. Let the locals guide you

Tell me more: You’ll find a wide range of guided tours, charters and activities in the Murray River region. With so much to see along (as well as in, and on) the Murray River, there’s nothing like being led by a local.

Experience the very best of the region on the immersive Murray River Walk, set sail on the high river and access previously unexplored parts of the backwaters and flood plains with Canoe Adventures, or see the River in a completely different light with Big Bend by Night.

Lunch at the Pretoria Hotel

Lunch at the Pretoria Hotel.

2. Soak-up the scenery over lunch or dinner

Tell me more: Perched on the banks of the Murray River, you’ll find plenty of pubs and hotels offering stunning views of high river waters. The Renmark Club has recently received a menu makeover, plating-up meals as delicious as its ‘absolute river frontage’ views. Grab a bite at the Berri Hotel and enjoy its extensive menu, stunning views, modern dining room and decking area. The Riverside Hotel in Tailem Bend offers beautifully renovated bars with superb meals and spectacular river views.

If you’re in Mannum, the Pretoria Hotel is a must-visit. Whether you’re dining-in or grabbing a quick drink, their decking area is one of the most impressive in the region, with a lush grassed area leading straight down the water. 

Houseboating on the Murray River

Looking out at the Murray River from Headings Cliffs lookout.

3. Get snapping at Mighty Murray lookouts

Tell me more: No matter which way you look at it, the Murray River is at its most beautiful during high river time. Stop-off at one of many lookouts along the Mighty Murray Way touring route and spend some time simply admiring the view.

Headings Cliffs in Murtho and Big Bend Lookout in Nildottie are two of our top spots to grab some amazing shots of the filling floodplains.

Caudo Vineyard Murray River

Kicking back at Caudo Vineyard

4. Sip a local brew, riverside

Tell me more: Whether you’re big on beer, have a weakness for wine or succumb to spirits, you'll find plenty of places to indulge along the Murray River. Twenty Third Street Distillery serve-up their own unique gin, brandy and whiskey, charting new flavour territories with old-school craftsmanship. Caudo Vineyard is known for its fantastic regional platters, unique wines and sangria, and fabulous grassed area, popular for houseboat moorings right out the front of the cellar door.

If you’re looking to try a Riverland brew, the Wilkadene Woolshed Brewery is a must-visit, with amazing views of the Murray River and its own microbrewery!

Other must-sip spots are the Murray River Queen, Angoves, 919 wines, Bremerton Wines, Langhorne Creek Winehouse and Meechie Brewing Co.

Hanging out at Monash Adventure Park

Hanging out at Monash Adventure Park

5. Take the family to some of South Australia’s best playgrounds

Tell me more: With perfect conditions for boating, swimming, jet and water-skiing, The Murray River is a playground in its own right, but did you know the region is also home to some of the State’s best land-based playgrounds?

Take the family to sprawling Monash Adventure Park, meet the Murray Bridge Bunyip at Sturt Reserve or get on-board at the Locomotive Playground in Tailem Bend.

Top picks include the Barmera Play Space, Meningie Lake Front Playground and Goolwa Nature Playground.

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