13 Jul 2020

Relax riverside with our top 8 things to do along the Murray River, Lakes and Coorong.

The Murray River, Lakes and Coorong region embodies natural beauty and boasts a wealth of native produce, breathtaking scenery and Australian wildlife. The River is over 130 million years old and is rich with Aboriginal history, culture and heritage. Relax, unwind and explore with our best experiences on the Murray River.

1. VISIT MONARTO ZOO

Monarto Zoo
Monarto Zoo

Set-off on an African safari at Monarto Zoo. Watch lions, cheetahs and zebras roam over a 1,500 hectare open-range sanctuary, all from the comfort (and safety) of a shuttle bus. Take your sense of adventure to the next level with the Lions 360 experience. Enter a giant tooth and claw-proof cage, where you’ll watch lions stalking above you from a preys-eye view!

2. VISIT THE BEND MOTORSPORT PARK

The Bend
The Bend

The Bend Motorsport Park is one of the most significant developments in Australian motorsport history. A state of the art, world-class motorsport facility, The Bend delivers an exhilarating experience for competitors, enthusiasts and spectators alike. The Bend Motorsport Park also features bar and restaurant facilities, a 4 star Rydges Pit Lane Hotel and conference and function rooms.

3. Experience Big Bend by Night

Big Bend
Big Bend

Experience the very best of the Murray River, Lakes and Coorong on the immersive Big Bend by Night tour. Dig into a three-course riverbank dinner while the sun sets over sandstone cliffs, then set-off on the river, glass of champagne in-hand.

4. Tuck into lunch at the Pretoria Hotel

Pretoria Hotel, Mannum
Pretoria Hotel, Mannum

Perched on the banks of the Murray River, you’ll find pubs and hotels offering stunning 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. If you’re after a classic dining experience, drop into the riverfront Mannum Hotel.

5. Hire a houseboat

Houseboating, Younghusband
Houseboating, Younghusband

Relax on river time by floating downstream on a houseboat, one of the best ways to experience life on the river. Cast off in your house with a rudder and nestle among nature with stunning scenery as your backdrop and the sounds of birds as your playlist. Cruise by dramatic limestone cliffs, river gum forests, bird sanctuaries, lagoons and wetlands, stopping for a quick dip along the way and then kick back and watch the sunset from your front row seats on the deck. 

6. Kayak through Hermann Gass Bird Sanctuary

Hermann Gass Bird Sanctuary
Hermann Gass Bird Sanctuary

Head to Mannum, where you’ll hire a kayak from Freedom Boat Hire. From here, travel just a few minutes to the world-renowned Hermann Gass Bird Sanctuary. Dig into a breakfast picnic beside the meandering Murray, then hit the water, kayaking past river red gums while spotting a huge variety of birdlife.

7. Camp at Coorong National Park

Coorong National Park
Coorong National Park

The jaw-dropping Coorong National Park boasts 12 campgrounds with 63 designated camping sites. Set-up camp, perched along the wild Southern Ocean, bordered by towering dunes, quiet waterways and snow-white sand. You’ll need a 4WD to access these camping spots, but the roar of the sea, twinkling stars and fantastic fishing make it well worth the trip.

8. Experience the Spirit of the Coorong

Spirit of the Coorong
Spirit of the Coorong

Head to Goolwa for a six-hour Spirit of the Coorong Adventure Cruise. Cruise along the last stretch of the Murray to the river mouth and across into the Coorong National Park. Stop for two guided walks, explore stunning secluded beaches, dig into a delicious lunch and learn about the Coorong’s rich Aboriginal history.

Follow our three-day itinerary

Relax riverside at Mannum on a three-day road trip through South Australia’s magical Murray River, Lakes and Coorong. Start planning your Riverland adventure and check out how the river is looking right now in Berri, Barmera, Loxton, Renmark and Waikerie here and stay up to date with the latest river flow information here

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