Things to do!
Murraylands offers a range of Experiences for visitors. Below are some of our Favourites!
River Murray International Dark Sky Reserve
The River Murray International Dark Sky Reserve is located on the northern border of the Murray River, Lakes & Coorong Region. For those dark sky chasers out there, recent measurements in the River Murray International Dark Sky Reserve came in at 21.97 – darker than many other accredited regions from across the globe. Stretching across 3,200 square kilometres, the reserve is the only one in Australia and one of only 15 in the world.
Monarto Safari Park
Monarto Safari Park is a 1,500-hectare (3,700-acre) open range safari park located in South Australia administered by the Royal Zoological Society of South Australia (trading as Zoos SA). It is located at Monarto approximately 70 kilometers from Adelaide's center.
The park features several unique attractions, including the new, up-close and personal Lions 360 walk-in cage experience, a drive-through cheetah habitat, a southern white rhinoceros habitat, and Australia's largest giraffe herd. It is also home to South Australia's largest re-vegetation project As of 2015 Monarto zoo has achieved one of the most successful giraffe breeding programs in Oceania. Monarto Safari Park is a pioneer in Australia for providing a Lions 360 experience for the visitors and this allows the visitors to get within clawing distance from the big cats.
Big Bend By Night
Big Bend By Night offers visitors the chance to see large numbers of kangaroos and wombats in the wild on unique spotlighting tours at Big Bend on the banks of the Murray River.
You can enjoy a bush tucker breakfast, a three course riverbank dinner while the sunset changes the colours of the sandstone cliffs, or, if travelling as a group participate in the Sunnydale Shearing Show.
There is no walking involved in the nocturnal tours just soft, comfortable padded seats in an open sided cart that is a fun experience on its own, especially on a clear starry night with Jackdog leading the way.
Big Bend By Night also have a Mercedes Benz Sprinter, a Toyota Commuter and VW Caravelle available to take you on a wine tasting adventure to the Barossa Valley or Langhorne Creek wine region, an Outback Pub tour which includes lots of bush tracks and wildlife, or an Adelaide Hills Safari that includes a visit to Monarto Zoo and historic Hahndorf.
All of these tours, with commentary and stories provided by the drivers are available within two hours of Adelaide.
PS Marion provides a unique opportunity to experience the thrills and mysteries of the golden years of the river boats. Undertaking short cruises throughout the year on the Murray River departing from Mary Ann Reserve in Mannum, PS Marion also conducts overnight passenger cruises, including the acclaimed Rockford Steam Powered Dinners as well as being available for private charter cruises.
Mannum Doc museum of River History is a must to visit! It is a fun interactive bundle of History and information the whole family will enjoy!
Houseboats are fun way to spend a holiday or a weekend away! Have a look at what's on offer here!
National Parks in the Murraylands are full of adventure- Go and explore!!
TOP 10 MUST DO's:
1. Hire a canoe/ kayak and explore canoe trails
2. Learn to wakeboard - book your lesson
3. Relax and recharge as the sun sets on a houseboat
4. Drop in a line and do a spot of fishing
5. Get close to nature and explore a walking trail
6. Tackle the sand dunes or a self-drive 4WD track through rugged country side
7. Hire a shack with your friends and family and smell the sizzle of your BBQ
8. Canoe the Coorong
9. Get on your bike and cruise the riverside
10. Experience Australia's Largest Open Range Zoo